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Revised West Virginia Safety Plans Bring More Potential Buyers Of Active Control Technology’s Wireless System

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

Active Control Technology Inc. announce that another coal mining company has specified the wireless network technology used in ActiveMineTM, a two-way voice communications, tracking and data system, in revised safety plans submitted to West Virginia regulators.
The new addition brings to six the number of companies that have now specified the system. ACT has provided sales proposals to each of the operators, which together own 72 coal mines in the USA. Forty-seven of the mines are located in West Virginia.
“The expanded total demonstrates that ActiveMine is gaining momentum among US coal mine operators,” said Steve Barrett, President and CEO, ACT. “It also shows the value of our new US distribution partnership, which has helped us forge new links with key mining companies.”
Under West Virginia regulations, amended safety plans for communications and locating systems were required to be re-submitted by September 21st. Mine owners submitted earlier versions of the plans before a July 31, 2007 deadline, but the state required all of them to be revised.
Four of the companies – up from three previously – have named ActiveMine specifically in their amended safety plans, while two other operators will specify ActiveMine’s unique technology. Proposals presented by Active Control to the companies range in value from about $200,000 to approximately $1 million per mine.
West Virginia requires that communications and tracking systems be installed in all of the state’s more than 150 underground coal mines by July 31, 2008. In June 2007, the state’s Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training certified that ActiveMine meets West Virginia functionality criteria, thereby approving it for sale.
Earlier this month, Active Control applied for US federal certification of Wi-Fi telephones used in its system, marking the final regulatory filing for ActiveMine with the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). MSHA certification will clear the way for installations of ActiveMine in US coal mines.
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