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.
This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.