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Industry Leaders Launch Real-Time Location Solution For Mining Safety And Productivity

System integrate Wi-Fi-based Active RFID Into mining communications system

AeroScout, Inc., a provider of Enterprise Visibility Solutions, and Mine Site Technologies (MST), a  specialized mining communication company, today announced a partnership to deliver an advanced location tracking and communications solution for underground mines.

Using wireless networking technology for underground environments and a Wi-Fi-based Active RFID system, the solution enhances overall miner health and safety without adding unnecessary networking equipment and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

"The real-time tracking capabilities of the joint AeroScout-Mine Site solution not only provide personnel location information in the event of an  emergency, but also cost benefits due to more efficient use of time and
assets," said Mike Foletti, Sales & Marketing Director of Mine Site Technologies. "Wi-Fi-based Active RFID technology offers an effective  method of overcoming some of the perennial safety concerns within the
mining industry."

   The new solution embeds AeroScout's Wi-Fi-Based Active RFID tag into MST's lightweight Integrated Communications Cap Lamp (ICCL), enabling the cap lamps to be located in real-time. Through the MST ImPact Digital communications hub, mine operators can track the position of underground miners as they move throughout the mine.

These locations can be continually logged and viewed on a map in real time from a standard Web browser, ensuring safety and improved operations. AeroScout's tracking technology provides location visibility and comprehensive management capabilities, including zone monitoring and event-based alerts, from the AeroScout MobileView software platform.