AeroScout Wins Contract for New GPS and Wi-Fi Visibility Solution with 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group
Using AeroScout’s GPS and Wi-Fi Solution, Customer to Track and Manage Assets across 110 million square-foot facility at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – November 4, 2008 AeroScout, Inc., the leading provider of Unified Asset Visibility for improving operational efficiency and quality, today announced a new solution that combines GPS with Wi-Fi. The innovative solution enables accurate asset tracking and management in very large outdoor environments, and has been selected by the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG) to help improve productivity and operations at a 110 million square-foot outdoor facility at the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona. The large-scale deployment will initially include 1,000 AeroScout GPS Wi-Fi tags that will provide the 309th AMARG with visibility and management of essential support equipment.
The new GPS and Wi-Fi solution builds on AeroScout’s Unified Asset Visibility (UAV) offerings and strategy of combining multiple data sources and technologies into one Wi-Fi-based system. The solution includes mobile, battery-powered tags that use both GPS to determine location in any outdoor environment and standard Wi-Fi to transport asset location and other valuable information to the customer’s network. The GPS and Wi-Fi combination delivers a cost-effective solution for the 309th AMARG, in part by leveraging its existing Wi-Fi access points and network.
The 309th AMARG stores thousands of aircraft and aircraft parts at an outdoor facility at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona that covers 2,600 acres – or more than 110 million square feet. In order to perform periodic maintenance on the inventory and quickly fill aircraft orders from various military branches, workers must locate specific aircraft, parts and support equipment. Manually locating particular items in the very large storage facility has been a difficult and time-consuming process. In the first phase of the implementation, AeroScout’s GPS Wi-Fi solution will increase the 309th AMARG’s operational efficiency by tracking the precise location of essential support equipment. In addition, automated inventory reports will help support staff in their daily decision-making.
The 309th AMARG will initially deploy 1,000 AeroScout GPS Wi-Fi tags. The solution will leverage the facility’s existing Wi-Fi network and 42 access points with high gain antennas, which are also used for data communication. Using AeroScout’s MobileView 4.0 software, staff will be able to easily search for, locate and manage essential equipment. Because AeroScout’s RFID solutions have been developed and proven to handle tens of thousands of tagged items, the 309th AMARG will be able to meet both its current and future needs. AeroScout’s scalable solution will help the 309th AMARG improve staff productivity and operations, while taking advantage of its Wi-Fi infrastructure and GPS to keep total costs low.
“Leveraging Wi-Fi networks is key to deploying Unified Asset Visibility solutions, and it ensures enterprises maintain visibility in any environment. This allows organizations to access the variety of information they need, such as GPS coordinates, without the complication and cost of multiple solutions,” said Gabi Daniely, VP of Marketing and Product Strategy at AeroScout. “By bringing together GPS and Wi-Fi, we’re further expanding the range of applications for UAV, and we’re pleased to bring these offerings and the value they deliver to the 309th AMARG.”
AeroScout is the market leader in Unified Asset Visibility solutions. Clients improve operational efficiency and quality using AeroScout products that leverage standard Wi-Fi networks to track and manage the location, condition and status of mobile assets and people. AeroScout’s global customer base consists of leading hospital, manufacturing and logistics organizations, including many of the Fortune 500. The company originally invented the first Wi-Fi-based Active RFID tag, and today is widely recognized as leading the market in number of deployments and tags shipped. Headquartered in Redwood City, Calif., AeroScout has offices in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and Australia. For more information, please visit www.aeroscout.com.
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