TORONTO, April 5 /CNW/ - Active Control Technology Inc. (TSX-V:ACT) today
applied to have key components of ActiveMine(TM), a 100% wireless two-way
voice communications and tracking system for underground miners, certified by
the US Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).
The company filed documents with MSHA for certification of its wireless
mesh node modules and battery back-up, which are to be placed in operating
areas of mines and form the backbone of the ActiveMine wireless network
system. Certification of other components such as handheld Wi-Fi telephones
will be sought afterward. Historically, the estimated timeline from
application filing to approval has been six to 12 months; however,
certification of systems which relate to safety and communications are being
fast-tracked by MSHA.
Officials with MSHA, the federal enforcement agency responsible for the
health and safety of US miners, observed a live demonstration of ActiveMine
last year and subsequent benchmarking of the system in a major Illinois coal
Under provisions of the US Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response
(MINER) Act, all underground mines in the US must install wireless two-way
communications and electronic tracking systems within three years of the Act's
passage last June. MSHA's mandate includes evaluation and certification of
these systems as "intrinsically safe" for areas of underground coal mines
where methane gas may be present.
In addition to US federal regulations, four states have passed
legislation requiring communications and tracking systems for underground coal
"Having already proven ActiveMine's performance in underground coal
mining conditions, filing for MSHA approval is the next key step toward
commercial deployment," said Steve Barrett, President and CEO, ACT. "We are
also continuing discussions with coal and hard rock miners who seek the
communication, locating and efficiency benefits of our system."
ActiveMine is the first fully-integrated, 100% wireless communications
and locating technology for underground and open pit mines. The system is
designed to improve mine communications and enhance operating efficiencies
through wireless, real-time electronic tracking of personnel, vehicles and
equipment, and robust two-way voice communications with each miner.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org, Website: www.activecontrol.com; Don
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