H.R.3877 - Mine Communications Technology Innovation Act110th Congress (2007-2008)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Matheson, Jim [D-UT-2] (Introduced 10/17/2007)|
|Committees:||House - Science and Technology | Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions|
|Committee Reports:||H. Rept. 110-411|
|Latest Action:||10/30/2007 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.|
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Summary: H.R.3877 — 110th Congress (2007-2008)All Bill Information (Except Text)
Passed House amended (10/29/2007)
Mine Communications Technology Innovation Act - Requires the Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology to establish a program of research, development, and demonstration, including the establishment of best practices, adaptation of existing technology, and efforts to accelerate the development of next generation technology and tracking systems for mine communications.
Requires the Director to evaluate areas of research and development and best practices that will be most promising in protecting miner safety.
Authorizes the Director, in establishing the program, to focus on the following communications and tracking system characteristics: (1) systems that are likely to work in emergency situations; (2) systems that work in coal mines, with special attention paid to deep underground coal mines; (3) systems that provide coverage throughout all areas of the mine; (4) hybrid systems that use both wireless and infrastructure-based systems; (5) functionality for two-way and voice communications; (6) systems that serve emergency and routine communications needs; (7) the ability to work with existing legacy systems and to be quickly integrated; and (8) propagation environment characterization, performance metrics, and independently derived validation tests to verify performance for standards development.
Requires the Director to: (1) work with industry and federal agencies to develop consensus industry standards for communications in underground mines; and (2) develop and provide any needed measurement services to support implementation of these standards. Urges that the following issues be addressed: (1) the appropriate use of frequency bands and power levels; (2) matters related to interoperability; and (3) technology to prevent interference.
Authorizes appropriations for carrying out this Act for FY2009-FY2010, to be derived from amounts authorized under the America COMPETES Act.