Lockheed Martin announced yesterday it has won regulatory approval for its wireless mine-safety technology MagneLink Magnetic Communication System, which helps underground miners talk to workers on the surface.
The Mine Safety and Health Administration was working with Lockheed Martin to certify the equipment for use in mines prior to approving the technology.
“Now that the government has deemed MagneLink MCS safe to use in mines, we can make the system available to the mining industry,” said Warren Gross, Magnelink MCS program manager. “Our expertise in sonar and radar signal processing laid the groundwork to develop this potentially life-saving mining technology.”
The portable MagneLink MCS units transmit magnetic waves throughout the earth without requiring transmission wires and in-ground systems currently needed for two-way radio communication.
Lockheed Martin conducted three demonstrations of the units in 2009 and 2010. In June 2011, Lockheed Martin and Carroll Technologies Group signed a reseller agreement. Carroll Technologies Group is responsible for distribution and sales, and Lockheed Martin will produce the units and supply the technology.