- U.S. Federal Regulator approves ActiveMine's wireless Wi-Fi phones
- MSHA approval process now concluded - all underground coal mine
installations can proceed
TORONTO, April 22 /CNW/ - Active Control Technology Inc. (TSX-V:ACT)
announced today that the U.S. Federal Mine Safety and Health Administration
(MSHA) has fully approved ActiveMine(TM), the premier wireless voice
communications and locating system for mines.
MSHA today approved ActiveMine's wireless Wi-Fi phones - the final system
component to be approved for use in all areas of underground coal mines. This
clears the final regulatory condition for all previously announced
installations to proceed and paves the way to additional sales opportunities.
"This is great news for customers who want to get the productivity and
safety benefits of ActiveMine to work as quickly as possible in their mines,"
said Steve Barrett, President and CEO, Active Control. "We thank customers for
their confidence in ActiveMine's successful approval, and MSHA for their
assistance throughout the process."
The completion of ActiveMine MSHA approvals comes approximately two
months before the June 15, 2009 MINER Act deadline for all underground coal
mines in the U.S. to submit mine safety plans that include provisions for
wireless two-way communication and electronic tracking. There are
approximately 650 underground coal mines in the U.S.
Barrett remarked, "We look forward to working with many potential
customers that have been anticipating our final approvals before finalizing
their purchase decision."
The ActiveMine communications, data and tracking system enables
monitoring of production, personnel and equipment in all types of surface and
underground mining environments, including coal and hard rock mines.
ActiveMine is positioned to bring to mining what the Internet brought to the
world. The system is designed to:
- Provide the world's first standards-based Wi-Fi + IP network for the
underground mining industry with a 54Mb wireless backhaul.
- Provide full duplex, clear voice communications and tracking as
required by law in US underground coal mines.
- Provide ample bandwidth to move existing legacy applications onto a
single standards-based network, eliminating multiple proprietary
- Enable the deployment of an unprecedented array of new IP-based
applications in mines - applications that are not possible with
current proprietary and antiquated wired networks.
- Enable the deployment of any Wi-Fi device in mines, thereby driving
the availability of new devices, controlling costs, and freeing mine
operators from being locked into proprietary technology.
About Active Control Technology
Active Control Technology is a mining services company specializing in
advanced wireless productivity and safety systems. The company's ActiveMine
system provides two-way wireless voice communication, real-time tracking of
personnel and assets, and high bandwidth data applications such as streaming
video and operational data from mining machinery, over a robust wireless Wi-Fi
network. Located in Burlington, Ontario, Canada, Active Control trades
publicly on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol ACT. For more
information, visit www.activecontrol.com.
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