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AeroScout T6 GPS Tags
Dual-mode GPS and Wi-Fi Tags Improve Operations in Large Outdoor Environments
AeroScout’s T6 GPS Tags are ideal for large outdoor environments with minimal Wi-Fi infrastructure. The innovative tags combine GPS and Wi-Fi to enable accurate and cost-effective asset management. They are part of AeroScout’s Unified Asset Visibility solution which combines multiple data sources and technologies into one Wi-Fi-based system. With T6 Tags, AeroScout helps its customers improve productivity and operational efficiency in outdoor areas, while leveraging existing Wi-Fi infrastructure to keep total costs low.
GPS and Wi-Fi Combination
T6 Tags use GPS to determine location in outdoor environments and standard Wi-Fi to transport asset location and other valuable information to the customer’s network. The first step is establishing accurate location using GPS. Then, the GPS coordinates as well as valuable status and condition information are sent via Wi-Fi to the network. This keeps total costs low by leveraging both GPS and existing Wi-Fi infrastructure.
Outdoor Location Reliability
AeroScout’s T6 GPS Tags work in virtually any outdoor environment. They are ideally suited for areas where Wi-Fi infrastructure is sparse and difficult to supplement with poles and posts required for access point mounting. In other words, T6 Tags allow accurate location without the need for dense infrastructure. Environments that have previously been challenging for asset management, such as airports, seaports, vehicle distribution centers, large yards, outdoor storage facilities and disaster triage areas, now have a solution that is simple and accurate.
Mobile and Ruggedized Form-Factor
AeroScout’s T6 GPS Tags are battery powered, allowing them to be mobile and easily deployed. They use standard, commercially available batteries for ease of replacement. The tags have multiple mounting options depending on the host assets and their environment. They are also available with ruggedized housing.
T6 Tags have built-in motion sensors that conserve battery life by controlling the transmission trigger and intervals. When the tag is in motion, location monitoring and transmissions become more frequent while a stationary tag will transmit less often.