Active Control sells ActiveMine(TM) system to Wyoming open pit coal mine

    ACT teams up with MeshDynamics to extend ActiveMine to surface mining

    TSX-V: ACT

    TORONTO, Jan. 5 /CNW/ - Active Control Technology Inc. (TSX-V:ACT) and
MeshDynamics Inc. today announced the sale of an ActiveMine system to a
Wyoming open pit coal mine - the companies' first sale to a surface mining
customer in the US. This represents a new and significant incremental market
for ActiveMine, the premier wireless communications and locating system for
mines, where MSHA "intrinsically safe" approval is not required.
    The Wyoming mine selected ActiveMine to replace its current wireless
communications network because it can provide reliable, high-quality service
along the entire span of a five mile, above-ground conveyor belt system. The
mine is approximately 18 miles long. The customer has requested that its name
and the value of the transaction not be disclosed.
    ActiveMine enables two-way voice and data communications, as well as the
continuous monitoring of mine production, personnel and equipment. Active
Control and MeshDynamics initially joined forces to develop the system as a
safety net for underground coal mining. The two companies have subsequently
advanced ActiveMine as a powerful mine productivity tool for both underground
and surface mining environments. The system is now being marketed for use in
coal and hard rock mines as far away as China.
    The Active Control-MeshDynamics partnership was recognized in November
2008 when the companies were named joint winners of the 2008 cross-border
business achievement award by the Canadian American Business Council (CABC).
ACT is based in Canada and MeshDynamics is based in the US.
    "We are excited to see our partnership with MeshDynamics produce new
sales opportunities for ActiveMine in open pit mining," said Steve Barrett,
President and CEO, Active Control. "We look forward to building our brands
together for this additional market."
    "Our partnership with ACT has been instrumental in extending the unique
capabilities of our patented mesh networking technology to another major
market segment," said Byron Henderson, MeshDynamics' VP of Marketing.

    About ActiveMine

    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 a wireless communications and data network above-ground,
        linked seamlessly to underground networks.

    About MeshDynamics

    MeshDynamics delivers one of the only third-generation wireless mesh
networking solutions for high-performance outdoor data, voice, and video
networking. Based on sophisticated dynamic channel-agile networking
algorithms, MeshDynamics' MD4000 family of Structured Mesh(TM) wireless nodes
deliver very low-latency and low-jitter performance, even over multi-hop
topologies where many earlier generation wireless mesh networking products
fail. MeshDynamics' patented and patent-pending technology is in use worldwide
in mining and industrial, homeland security/defense, transportation, and
metro/municipal network applications. MeshDynamics, Inc. is privately held and
headquartered in Santa Clara, CA. More information at:

    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:; Byron
Henderson, VP Marketing, MeshDynamics Inc., Tel: (408) 398-6395, Fax: (408)
516-8987, Email:, Website:;
Don Hogarth, Hogarth Communications Inc., Tel.: (416) 565-8920, Email:

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