SOURCE: Proxim Wireless

September 26, 2007 08:30 ET

Hannah Engineering Teams With Proxim Wireless to Deliver Intrinsically Safe Wireless Integrated Technology Systems for Mining Industry

ELKINS, WV--(Marketwire - September 26, 2007) - Hannah Engineering, a leader in producing cutting edge underground mine safety technology, today announced that it has teamed with Proxim Wireless Corporation (NASDAQ: PRXM), a leader in core-to-client solutions for broadband municipal wireless networks, to deliver Hannah Engineering's wireless communications system for underground mines, known as Wireless Integrated Technology Systems (WITS). WITS is a fault-tolerant, self-healing communications and tracking system used within mines to send and receive voice, video, data, and location information from the miners, foremen, equipment, and maintenance crews.

Hannah Engineering will use Proxim's ORiNOCO® AP-4000M wireless mesh access points in their WITS underground communication system. The functionality, strength, and reliability of the AP-4000M are the backbone of the WITS system.

"The intrinsically safe AP-4000M is significant to WITS because it enables fault-tolerant wireless communications in a mine. The Proxim access points enable a more reliable and economical means of communications than other alternatives, including relying on a wire," said Dewayne Hannah, President of Hannah Engineering.

WITS is one of the few underground communications systems to be completely wireless, using Wi-Fi technology. The system uses several mesh access points within the mine to send and receive information from the miners, foreman, and maintenance crews. Hannah Engineering designs WITS so that if one access point were to become damaged during an accident or event, the signal could be redirected to another access point for uninterrupted communication. This capability is enabled by Proxim's self-healing mesh technology, which automatically re-routes traffic in the event a node in the network goes down.

"Having grown up in coal country, I am acutely aware of the dangers that miners face every day," said Bert Williams, VP of Marketing for Proxim Wireless. "I am delighted that Proxim's technology is being used to make mines a safer working environment."

Hannah Engineering's WITS, including the Proxim AP-4000M, obtained approval from the State of West Virginia's Office of Miners' Health Safety & Training (MHST) for use in underground mines in June 2007. The company has submitted WITS to the Federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) for intrinsic safety certification, and anticipates that the system will be certified to be intrinsically safe by MSHA in November 2007. WITS will become available to be used within West Virginia mines approximately two months after it is certified.

Hannah Engineering is working to make mines a safer workplace for many West Virginians by offering Wi-Fi technology that will enable miners to have safer working conditions and provide peace of mind for miners' families.

About Hannah Engineering

Hannah Engineering was established in 1978 in Elkins, West Virginia. The company is an engineering firm specializing in civil and mining engineering and a leader in producing cutting edge underground mine safety technology. For more information, call (304) 636-7777 or e-mail

About Proxim Wireless

Proxim Wireless Corporation (NASDAQ: PRXM) is a leader in core-to-client solutions for broadband municipal wireless networks. Our systems enable a variety of wireless applications including security and surveillance systems, mobile workforce automation and machine-to-machine communications. We have shipped more than 1.5 million wireless devices to more than 200,000 customers worldwide. Proxim is ISO-9001 certified. Information about Proxim can be found at For investor relations information, e-mail or call 408-731-2610.

Safe Harbor Statement

Statements in this press release that are not statements of historical facts are forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties, and assumptions. Our actual results may differ materially from the results anticipated in these forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could contribute to such differences including those relating to difficulties in overcoming the network installation and operational challenges relating to any specific customer, operating circumstances, or geographical area; factors beyond our control such as weather, geographic, governmental, and interference issues; uncertainties as to when and whether the WITS or any portion thereof will meet the safety certification criteria and be certified as intrinsically safe; and difficulties or delays in supplying products with the features, performance, compliances, certifications, cost, price, and other characteristics desired by customers. Further information on these and other factors that could affect our actual results is and will be included in filings made by Proxim Wireless from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission and in our other public statements.

Contact Information

  • Hannah Engineering Contact:
    Dewayne Hannah, P.E.
    President and Senior Engineer
    Hannah Engineering
    P.O. Box 2058
    Elkins, WV 26241
    (304) 636-7777

    Proxim Wireless Contact:
    Bert Williams
    VP Marketing
    Proxim Wireless
    2115 O'Nel Drive
    San Jose, CA 95131
    (408) 731-2610