Identec Solutions Acquires Tunnelcom

Identec Solutions further reinforces its stronghold on the tunnel, oil, gas and mining industry with the acquisition of privately held Tunnelcom.

Norway-based Tunnelcom is well noted for its Automatic Tagging System (ATS) — an electronic access, passage and safety system. Developed specifically for the isolated and challenging environments of tunnels and mines, Tunnelcom's solutions have been deployed all over the globe, most recently at the Norra L?nken project in Stockholm.

A large and complex tunnel, the Norra L?nken posed a significant geographical challenge. The myriad of winding and connecting tunnels required particular consideration when installing the system infrastructure from fiber optics, wireless Lan and decentralized servers, complete with Internet connectivity. The Norra L?nken deployment utilizes video surveillance at all tunnel entrances, voice enabled communication and alarms as well as Identec Solutions' Trailblazer server and WatcherTUNNEL software to deliver a complete system that provides the ultimate safety solution for all contractors during the estimated three year building process. Other Tunnelcom deployments include Zink Gruvan, Kristineberg, Garpenberg (Boliden), LKAB, SVEA (mining) and several more tunnel projects.

Designed on the basic philosophy that communication underground must always work, Tunnelcom's systems were developed to function effectively in every day operations and in emergency situations. The differentiating feature of Tunnelcom's Automated Tagging System (ATS) is that its focus is solely on personnel safety. Specializing on the harsh and isolated environments of tunnels and mines, Tunnelcom's technology delivers accurate and immediate information when others fail. Initially a technology partner, Tunnelcom has been utilizing Identec Solutions robust tags in their ATS deployments since 2003.

"Our strength is in our ability to offer complete, scalable, and highly reliable systems to specific industries." said Gerhard Schedler, Identec Solutions CEO. "We identified Tunnelcom as a strong safety solution provider to the burgeoning mining and tunnel industries, and a strong strategic fit to further our leadership position within this market.”

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