Safety and productivity benefits cited by new customer in purchase
TORONTO, April 16 /CNW/ - Active Control Technology Inc. (TSX-V:ACT)
today announced that a leading coal mining company has selected ActiveMine(TM)
for the first of two underground coal mines in Kentucky.
The first system is scheduled to be installed in May 2009 with the second
installation slated for later this year which would represent a combined total
of 53 ActiveMine nodes. The customer plans to expand both mine operations
rapidly in the coming years.
The new customer cited the safety benefits of ActiveMine, the premier
voice communications and tracking system for mines, as the primary reason for
its purchase decision. The customer also seeks the productivity gains made
possible by the system.
These will be the first ActiveMine installations in the state of
Kentucky, which ranks third in the US in coal production.
"We're delighted that ActiveMine will become a key tool for our new
customer in fulfilling its commitments to employee safety and business
productivity," said Steve Barrett, President and CEO, Active Control. "We look
forward to helping customers to safeguard employees and get the most out of
Deployment of the systems is subject to MSHA approval of ActiveMine's
wireless Wi-Fi telephones. Certification of the phones - the final stage of
MSHA approvals for ActiveMine - is expected soon.
The ActiveMine communications, data and tracking system enables
monitoring of production, personnel and equipment in all types of surface and
underground mining environments, including coal and hard rock mines.
ActiveMine is positioned to bring to mining what the Internet brought to the
world. The system is designed to:
- Provide the world's first standards-based Wi-Fi + IP network for the
underground mining industry with a 54Mb wireless backhaul.
- Provide full duplex, clear voice communications and tracking as
required by law in US underground coal mines.
- Provide ample bandwidth to move existing legacy applications onto a
single standards-based network, eliminating multiple proprietary
- Enable the deployment of an unprecedented array of new IP-based
applications in mines - applications that are not possible with
current proprietary and antiquated wired networks.
- Enable the deployment of any Wi-Fi device in mines, thereby driving
the availability of new devices, controlling costs, and freeing mine
operators from being locked into proprietary technology.
About Active Control Technology
ACT provides advanced wireless communications and tracking systems to the
mining industry. The company's proprietary ActiveMine system enables mine
operators to get more out of their mine through enhanced productivity and
safety. ActiveMine provides two-way wireless voice communication, real-time
tracking of personnel and assets, and high bandwidth data applications such as
streaming video and operational data from mining machinery, over a robust
wireless Wi-Fi network. Located in Burlington, Ontario, Canada, Active Control
trades publicly on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol ACT. For more
information, visit www.activecontrol.com.
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