Now six companies owning 72 mines have specified ACT's communications,
tracking and data technology in regulatory submissions
TORONTO, Sept. 25 /CNW/ - Active Control Technology Inc. (TSX-V:ACT)
announced today that another coal mining company has specified the wireless
network technology used in ActiveMine(TM), a two-way voice communications,
tracking and data system, in revised safety plans submitted to West Virginia
The new addition brings to six the number of companies that have now
specified the system. ACT has provided sales proposals to each of the
operators, which together own 72 coal mines in the USA. Forty-seven of the
mines are located in West Virginia.
"The expanded total demonstrates that ActiveMine is gaining momentum
among US coal mine operators," said Steve Barrett, President and CEO, ACT. "It
also shows the value of our new US distribution partnership, which has helped
us forge new links with key mining companies."
Under West Virginia regulations, amended safety plans for communications
and locating systems were required to be re-submitted by September 21st. Mine
owners submitted earlier versions of the plans before a July 31, 2007
deadline, but the state required all of them to be revised.
Four of the companies - up from three previously - have named ActiveMine
specifically in their amended safety plans, while two other operators will
specify ActiveMine's unique technology. Proposals presented by Active Control
to the companies range in value from about $200,000 to approximately $1
million per mine.
West Virginia requires that communications and tracking systems be
installed in all of the state's more than 150 underground coal mines by
July 31, 2008. In June 2007, the state's Office of Miners' Health, Safety and
Training certified that ActiveMine meets West Virginia functionality criteria,
thereby approving it for sale.
Earlier this month, Active Control applied for US federal certification
of Wi-Fi telephones used in its system, marking the final regulatory filing
for ActiveMine with the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). MSHA
certification will clear the way for installations of ActiveMine in US coal
The ActiveMine mine communications and tracking system is designed to:
- Operate on a 100 percent wireless Wi-Fi network backbone.
- Provide high-speed data communications capable of supporting voice,
video and other applications.
- 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.
- Provide four-day intrinsically safe battery back-up and power supply.
- Provide highly granular miner locating and last known location within
- Provide lower total cost of ownership compared to Leaky Feeder + RFID
ActiveMine's communications and data network enables monitoring of
production, personnel and equipment in all types of surface and underground
mining environments, including coal and base metal mines.
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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