Rajant Corporation, the pioneer of kinetic mesh networks and provider of pervasive, multi-frequency wireless solutions, today announced that the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has approved the UX-2400 BreadCrumb&copy portable wireless mesh network node for use in underground coal mines.

The Miners’ Act of 2006 requires all US underground coal mines to have a communication and tracking plan in place for post-accident communication and tracking. To avoid the dangers of spark ignition from electrical equipment, MSHA mandates safety parameters for equipment used underground in a permissible environment. The UX-2400 BreadCrumb underwent extensive analysis and testing by MSHA prior to achieving certification.

“The UX-2400 BreadCrumb is ideal for use in mine safety, rescue and emergency operations,” said Rajant senior vice president Peter Lenard. “After a thorough and comprehensive testing period, we’re proud to have achieved MSHA certification for the UX-2400 BreadCrumb and excited to make this proven, safe, high-quality networking product available for the underground coal mining industry.”

The UX-2400 BreadCrumb wireless node can be used to create a stand-alone network or, in its primary mode, the extension of an existing underground network. Rajant’s BreadCrumb technology supports voice, data and position location applications. The UX-2400 features one radio, antennas, integrated intrinsically safe battery packs, LEDs for range notification/placement and battery status, and a rugged industrial-grade case.