This Integrated Communications Cap Lamp was designed and made in Sydney in 2004 to reduce the burden of equipment carried by underground miners. It is an Australian innovation which combines a through-the-earth communication system, lithium-ion battery and cap lamp controller in a lightweight unit worn on a miner's belt. An electric cable connects the unit to a lamp worn on the miner's helmet. In 1990 its maker, Mine Site Technologies had developed the world's first through-the-earth mine communication system, saving mine owners the cost of installing and maintaining wired systems.
The Integrated Communications Cap Lamp (ICCL) represents continuing innovation in mining communications technology by the Australian company Mine Site Technologies. This product integrates a number of devices that were once worn by miners as separate items on their belt into a single unit. It combines a through-the-earth communications system, lithium-ion battery and cap lamp power into a lightweight unit. The system can be configured with a number of different communications and power options, and is compatible with existing cap lamps and charging systems.
Mine Site Technologies was established in 1989 and has grown to be one of the largest specialised mining communication companies in the world. Its technologies are operating in over 250 mines in Australia, Canada, the United States and China. One of the company's most successful technologies is the PED or Personal Emergency Device system which is an ultra low frequency 'through-the-earth' paging, control and blasting system. This 'through the earth' paging system has been incorporated into the ICCL. In 2005 the ICCL was awarded an Australian DesignMark and a Powerhouse Museum Selection Award.