U.S. Congressional committee votes to recognize wireless mesh technology in new mine law



    TSX-V: ACT

    TORONTO, Oct. 31 /CNW/ - A US Congressional committee voted today to add
wireless mesh technology as a benchmark for underground communication and
tracking systems, as part of amendments to new federal mine safety
legislation, Active Control Technology Inc. (TSX-V:ACT) reports.
    The U.S. House of Representatives' Education & Labor Committee voted to
amend the S-MINER Act of 2007 to include wireless mesh technology as a
communications and tracking system for post-accident communications and to
locate trapped underground miners.
    Active Control, which uses 100% wireless mesh technology in
ActiveMine(TM), a two-way voice communications, data and locating system for
mines, has been a strong proponent of this change. Today's committee vote was
a significant milestone in the process under which US legislators consider
bills for passage into law.
    "We're glad to see that US policy makers have recognized wireless mesh
technology as they seek to improve mine safety," said ACT President and CEO
Steve Barrett. "We believe our system provides significant benefits for
locating and communicating with miners in both emergency situations and
day-to-day operations."
    The amendment proposed by Chairman George Miller (D-CA) incorporates the
following language in the S-MINER Act:

    Not later than 120 days after the enactment of the S-MINER Act, a plan
shall, to be in approved status, provide for a post accident communication
system between underground and surface personnel, and for an electronic
tracking system permitting surface personnel to determine the location of any
persons trapped underground, that utilizes a system as least as effective as a
'leaky feeder' or wireless mesh type communication and tracking system
currently in use in the industry. These systems shall be enhanced physically,
electronically, or redundantly, to improve their survivability in the event of
a mine disaster. In addition, to be in approved status, an emergency response
plan must be revised promptly to incorporate new technology which the National
Institute for Occupational Safety and Health certifies can be added to the
existing system to improve its ability to facilitate post-accident
communication with or tracking of miners. No miner shall be disciplined based
on information obtained from an electronic communications and tracking system.

    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
www.activecontrol.com.

    
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For further information:

For further information: Steve Barrett, President & C.E.O., Active
Control Technology Inc., Tel.: (905) 670-5500 ext. 202, Fax: (905) 592-9691,
Email: sbarrett@activecontrol.com, Website: www.activecontrol.com; Don
Hogarth, Hogarth Communications Inc., for ACT, Tel.: (416) 565-8920, Email:
dhogarth@sympatico.ca

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