Northern Light Technologies (NLT) has acquired the assets of ActiveControl Technology’s mining division, namely ActiveMine, ActiveTracker, ActiveVoice and ActiveMesh. Located in Ontario, Canada, ActiveControl developed robust certified IS (Intrinsically Safe) network and wireless solutions for harsh and demanding mine environments, while offering redundancy, easy maintenance, and improved safety and productivity enhancements.

“This acquisition allows us to combine the best of both our technologies to bring even more solutions to end users in mining markets around the world,” said Heidi Levitt, president and CEO of NLT.

With the newly acquired technology, NLT can now offer Gigabit Ethernet speeds, which allow for a multitude of Wi-Fi client devices to run on the network without compromising transmit speed or throughput. These next-gen access points offer the latest in 802.11n technology, providing higher bandwidth and more volume of data to be transferred. Applications requiring high speed, volume data, such as HD video, real-time monitoring, Vehicle Monitoring Systems, (VMS) and VoIP, can now be provided with an additional level of confidence. The new model AM1000 nodes can be configured with up to four radios to allow for increased coverage areas underground and for communication along multiple roadways from a single access point. Ultimately, this will result in major cost savings for the mines.