SOURCE: iPackets International, Inc.

May 15, 2007 09:01 ET

Mine-1-1 Product Offering Successfully Demonstrated at One of Brooks Run's Coal Mines in West Virginia

VANCOUVER, BC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 15, 2007 -- iPackets International, Inc. ("iPackets" or "Company") (PINKSHEETS: IPKL), a developer and provider of wireless communications software and equipment for the mine-safety industry, is pleased to announce that the Company along with its two partners, AFL Network Services' Enterprise Division ("AFL"), and Mainline Communications ("Mainline"), have successfully demonstrated the Mine-1-1 comprehensive wireless mine-safety product offering to Brooks Run Mining Co., LLC ("Brooks"), a subsidiary of Alpha Natural Resources that owns and operates 64 coal mines in the United States.

The products demonstrated were iPackets' iPMine solution, and AFL's network services including their third generation of the MobileNet™ product, remote video surveillance, and Voice over Internet Protocol ("VoIP") capability, interactively send and receive messages, and establish a one-on-one communications with miners inside the mine. The successful demo, facilitated by Mainline, was conducted on-site at one of Brooks' 33 coal mines located around Cowen, West Virginia.

The overall feedback was extremely positive and participants appreciated not only the completeness of the Mine-1-1 offering, but also how well the end-to-end system is integrated.

"We are extremely pleased that within a few weeks from announcing the Mine-1-1 offering for the U.S. market, our partner Mainline was able to quickly arrange for a demo of this magnitude at a large coal operator in the U.S.," says Naiel Kanno, president and chief executive officer for iPackets. "We are equally elated that the Mine-1-1 product demonstration far exceeded the expectation of all participants."

Hugh McDavid, President of Mainline, was enthusiastic about the successful demonstration, saying, "We have known all along that the Mine-1-1 solution is cutting edge technology that will create a safer work environment. The success of the demonstration proved that and has already generated a lot of discussion and excitement in the mining industry. Since mine safety is so important, the management at Alpha Resources, Inc. and Brooks Run should be congratulated for their willingness to give us the opportunity to demonstrate to them just how well the system works."

"This was a very exciting and productive test and demonstration," stated Miner Lawrence, Director of Project Management and Advanced Solution Systems for AFL Network Services. "The mine workers were enthused about the new system -the way it works and all that could be accomplished with this single solution. It's great to be part of a team that is focused on providing safer working conditions within the mining community. We look forward to our continued partnership."

About The Mine-1-1 Product Offering

The Mine-1-1 product offering, targeted for the U.S. mining industry, is a partnership between iPackets, North Carolina-based AFL Network Services' Enterprise Division (a wholly owned subsidiary of Japanese conglomerate Fujikura, Ltd. www.fujikura.co.jp), and Kentucky-based Mainline Communications. The Mine-1-1 product offering consists of iPackets' iPMine mine-safety product, AFL Network Services' MobileNet™ product, network design, and integration, and Mainline's sales and marketing expertise, communications installation and deployment services. Mainline is also the exclusive distributor for AFL Network Services' MobileNet™ product in the mining industry. For more information on the partners, visit www.AFLnetwork.com, www.AFLmobilenet.com, and www.mainlinecomm.com.

About iPackets International, Inc. and iPMine

iPackets International is a developer and provider of wireless communications software and equipment for the global mine-safety industry. iPMine, the Company's flagship product designed to significantly improve the safety of miners and equipment, is a real-time two-way wireless communications solution that tracks, monitors, and communicates with miners and equipment underground and above ground. For more information, visit www.ipackets.com.

Certain statements included in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements relate to, among other things, plans and timing for the introduction or enhancement of our services and products, statements about future market conditions, supply and demand conditions, and other expectations, intentions and plans contained in this press release that are not historical fact and involve risks and uncertainties. Our expectations regarding future revenues depend upon our ability to develop and supply products and services that meet defined specifications. When used in this press release, the words "plan," "expect," "believe," and similar expressions generally identify forward-looking statements. These statements reflect our current expectations.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Mr. Naiel Kanno
    President and CEO
    iPackets International, Inc.
    1 (778) 328-9005