Active Control and 3D-P Announce Intent to Collaborate

    SCOTTSDALE, AZ and TORONTO, ON, April 8 /CNW/ - 3D-P, a leading provider
of technology products for the mining industry, and Active Control Technology
(TSX-V:ACT), producer of ActiveMine(TM), the premier wireless voice
communication and tracking system for mines, are pleased to announce that they
have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
    Under the MOU, ACT will leverage 3D-P's Intelligent Endpoint(TM) product
line to extend its product and services offerings. Intelligent Endpoints
collect key mine site information such as machine diagnostics and transmits it
to a central location, allowing managers to better monitor and oversee
operations. For the first time, ActiveMine will make it possible to offer
Intelligent Endpoints, which are now widely used in surface mining, to
underground mines over a single wireless Wi-Fi network that also provides
voice, tracking and other data.
    "Underground coal mine operators tell us that the data provided by
Intelligent Endpoints will help them improve productivity and reduce costs,
further improving the return on investment available with ActiveMine," said
Steve Barrett, President and CEO of Active Control. "3D-P's vendor-agnostic
hardware model is an excellent fit with ActiveMine's robust, open-standards
    The MOU establishes the basis for a commercial relationship that will
provide a variety of offerings to mining customers. The parties intend to
establish an OEM relationship where ACT would become the exclusive supplier of
MSHA-approved 3D-P products targeted to gassy underground mines.
    "The large coal mining companies have a mix of surface and underground
operations that require a unified toolset," said Al Lehman, President of 3D-P.
"We believe that ACT's expertise in communication and tracking systems for
underground mines, combined with our expertise in the surface market, will
provide a best-of-breed platform with a compelling value proposition."

    About 3D-P

    3D-P is the market leader for application agnostic, carrier grade
communications solutions and hardened computing platforms that provide
intelligent in-pit wireless access to mobile equipment with thousands of units
in use in over 40 mine sites world-wide. The company's solutions provide
application agnostic computing platforms that allow open pit and underground
mines to easily integrate on-board applications with proximity detection for
personnel safety. The company's products are in use worldwide with sales and
support offices located in Scottsdale and Safford, AZ, Casper, WY, Seattle,
WA, Lubbock, TX, Edmonton and Calgary, AB, Brisbane, Australia, and Santiago,
Chile. For more information, visit

    About Active Control Technology

    ACT designs and markets wireless network control and communication
systems for buildings and mining. The company's ActiveMine(TM) communications,
data and tracking system provides crystal-clear voice, industry-leading
tracking granularity and enables monitoring of production, personnel and
equipment in all types of surface and underground mining environments -
including coal and hard rock mines. Located in Burlington, Ontario, Canada,
the company trades publicly on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol ACT.
For more information, visit


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    Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements: This press release
contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties,
which may cause actual results to differ materially from the statements made.
When used in this document, the words "may", "would", "could", "will",
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For further information:

For further information: 3D-P, Dave Goddard, VP Business Development,
Tel: (623) 748-0013 office, Email:; Active Control
Technology Inc., Steve Barrett, President & C.E.O, Tel: (905) 635-3130 office,
Email:; Media inquiries for ACT, Don Hogarth, Tel.:
(416) 565-8920, Email:

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