MSHA grants approval for ActiveMine(TM) Wi-Fi mesh network for
installation in all U.S. underground mines
TORONTO, Feb. 4 /CNW/ - Active Control Technology Inc. (TSX-V:ACT)
announced today that the U.S. Federal Mine Safety and Health Administration
(MSHA) has approved its ActiveMine(TM) wireless Wi-Fi mesh network system.
ActiveMine, the premier wireless voice communications and locating system for
mines, is now cleared for installation in all U.S. underground mines.
ActiveMine's MSHA-approved 802.11 Wi-Fi mesh network is capable of
handling voice communications, streaming video, real-time tracking and
operational data. The system's proven technology offers significantly greater
sophistication and capabilities than any other mine communications and
tracking system available today.
"MSHA approval means that our existing customers can now fully install
the system to get the safety and operational benefits that supported their
initial decision," said Steve Barrett, President and CEO, ACT. "It also puts
us on a stronger footing to generate more purchase orders in the U.S. and
other countries. We wish to thank MSHA for their hard work and assistance
through the approval process."
The system's functionality was certified by the state of West Virginia in
June 2007. ACT received MSHA approval of its RFID Wi-Fi tracking tags in
September 2008. The tags provide accurate real-time tracking of people and
assets as well as an auxiliary two-way messaging capability to the surface.
ActiveMine is already operating successfully in non-gassy sections of
three underground coal mines in West Virginia where systems were installed in
May, August and December 2008. The company plans to install its MSHA approved
infrastructure to complete network coverage at these mines. MSHA approval of
ActiveMine's Wi-Fi telephones 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 base metal mines. The
system is designed to:
- Provide full duplex clear voice communications and tracking in one
- Easily add other applications like Machinery monitoring, Belt
monitoring, CO monitoring and streaming video.
- Work seamlessly with existing leaky feeder systems so operators can
extend their investment in legacy equipment.
- Operate on a 100 percent wireless Wi-Fi network backbone capable of
transmitting high speed data and voice communications.
- Be less susceptible to water and mechanical damage of all sorts,
including rock fall.
- Use open-standards technology and can support other Wi-Fi devices
which are already MSHA-approved.
- Meet federal MINER Act requirements for wireless systems as
established in MSHA policies.
- Enable miners who become isolated underground to stay linked, even
when they are distant from one another and cut off from the outside
world - a capability made possible by the system's unique
- Provide a wireless communications and data network above-ground,
linked seamlessly to 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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