Active Control receives $1.4 million purchase order for ActiveMine installations at three West Virginia coal mines

    ActiveMine wireless communications, tracking and data system order will
    include a significant wireless communications network for above-ground

    TSX-V: ACT

    TORONTO, Dec. 21 /CNW/ - Active Control Technology Inc. (TSX-V:ACT)
announced today that it has received a new $1.4 million purchase order for
ActiveMine(TM), the company's two-way wireless voice communications, tracking
and data system, from a major coal mining company.
    The mine operator, which will place ActiveMine in its three coal mines in
West Virginia, expects to complete the installations within the timeframe
mandated under state regulations.
    The installations will include a significant above-ground wireless
network component which will extend voice and data communications from
underground to include above-ground operations and facilities. Unlike
traditional commercial walkie-talkies, ActiveMine utilizes the unlicensed
public Wi-Fi band. The system's Wi-Fi telephones, which feature 24
licence-free channels, can therefore be used outside of the mine without the
need for costly FCC licences for every channel.
    The order is subject to certain conditions including regulatory approval
of ActiveMine by the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).
    "We look forward to delivering the safety and operational benefits of
ActiveMine to each of the three mines and their above-ground facilities," said
Steve Barrett, President and CEO, Active Control. "At the same time, we remain
fully engaged in discussions for additional purchases with other mine
operators in West Virginia and other states."
    ActiveMine's 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 network backbone.

    -  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 a wireless communications and data network above-ground to
       extend 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:

For further information: Steve Barrett, President & C.E.O., Active
Control Technology Inc., Tel.: (905) 670-5500 ext. 202, Fax: (905) 592-9691,
Email:, Website:; Don
Hogarth, Hogarth Communications Inc., Tel.: (416) 565-8920, Email:

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