June 22, 2007 By News Report
ACT yesterday filed documents with the US Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) for certification of its active RFID Wi-Fi tags, a component of ActiveMine that enables accurate, real-time people and asset tracking.
An application in April for MSHA approval of the system's wireless mesh node modules and battery back-up, which form the backbone of the ActiveMine wireless network, is under review by the agency.
Active Control expects to apply for MSHA approval of ActiveMine's Wi-Fi voice and data communications handsets, plus various ancillary components, within the next four weeks.
"As we near completion of the MSHA filing process, we are well-positioned to help US underground coal mines meet state and federal safety rules fully and on-time," said Steve Barrett, President and CEO, ACT.
The active RFID tags, which can be carried by people or attached to high-value mobile mining assets, can be tracked continuously within a Wi-Fi coverage area. The technology operates over any standard 802.11 wireless network. In contrast with other tracking systems that require a separate network of hardware readers or gates to determine the location of tags, ActiveMine's RFID tags require no additional network hardware overlay.