A Major Milestone to Full US Federal Regulatory Approval
TORONTO, Sept. 10 /CNW/ - Active Control Technology Inc. (TSX-V:ACT)
today announced the first US federal regulatory approval of ActiveMine(TM),
the premier wireless communications and locating system for mines.
The US Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has approved
ActiveMine's RFID Wi-Fi Tags as intrinsically safe. The RFID Wi-Fi tags are a
key component of the system that enable accurate and real-time tracking of
people and assets and also offer auxiliary two-way messaging capability.
"Today ActiveMine has completed a major milestone to full US regulatory
approval," said Steve Barrett, President and CEO, Active Control. "Mine
operators now have another solid reason to place ActiveMine at the top of
their list for communications and tracking systems."
The active RFID Wi-Fi Tags, which can be carried by people or attached to
high-value mobile mining assets, can be tracked within a Wi-Fi coverage area.
Unlike most other tracking systems that require a separate network of hardware
readers or gates to determine the location of tags, ActiveMine's RFID Tags
require no additional network hardware overlay.
Active Control has previously submitted applications for MSHA approval of
the other key ActiveMine components - the system's wireless mesh node modules
and wireless telephones. Approval of the wireless mesh nodes is expected soon,
to be followed by approval of the telephones.
MSHA approves mining equipment as 'intrinsically safe,' i.e. to not
create a spark or thermal ignition of methane or coal dust in coal mines. This
is required for equipment used in areas of underground coal mines where such
conditions may occur, but is not needed for most base metal and precious metal
surface and underground mines. Some current ActiveMine purchase orders are
subject to certain conditions, including regulatory approval by MSHA.
ActiveMine is already installed and operating in non-gassy sections of
two underground coal mines located in West Virginia, the leading US coal
mining state. The system was certified in June 2007 for sale in West Virginia
by the state's Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training.
ActiveMine at MINExpo
Active Control will showcase the ActiveMine system, including the RFID
Wi-Fi tags, at Booth No. 1143 (partnered with Fairmont Supply) during MINExpo,
September 22-24 in Las Vegas.
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 base metal mines. The
system is designed to:
- Operate on a 100 percent wireless Wi-Fi Mesh network.
- Be less susceptible to water and mechanical damage of all sorts,
including rock fall.
- Use open-standards technology.
- Meet federal MINER Act requirements for wireless systems as
established in MSHA policies.
- Enable miners who become isolated underground to stay linked, even
when they are distant from one another and cut off from the outside
world - a capability made possible by the system's unique
- Provide a wireless communications and data network above-ground,
linked seamlessly to underground networks.
About Active Control Technology
ACT designs and markets wireless network control and communication
systems for buildings and extreme environments. Located in Burlington,
Ontario, Canada, the company trades publicly on the TSX Venture Exchange under
the symbol ACT. For more information, visit the company's website at
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For further information: Steve Barrett, President & C.E.O., Active
Control Technology Inc., Tel.: (905) 670-5500 ext.202, Fax: (905) 592-9691,
Email: email@example.com, Website: www.activecontrol.com; Don
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