AeroScout Tracks Mining

AeroScout partners with NL Technologies to provide a real-time location solution (RTLS) for the underground mining industry

January 16, 2006

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SAN MATEO, Calif. -- AeroScout, Inc., a pioneer in the field of Enterprise Visibility Solutions, and NL Technologies (NLT), a leading innovator of IP-based communications and integrated software applications, today announced a partnership to deliver an advanced real-time location solution (RTLS) for the underground mining industry. Using standard wireless networking technology and the industry’s leading Wi-Fi-based active RFID system, the joint solution offers immediate and accurate tracking of personnel, equipment and other assets for improved safety and efficiency.

“AeroScout’s IP-based RTLS is a compelling solution for underground mine operators, providing advanced asset and personnel tracking functionality over standard wireless networks,” said James Hackwood, VP Sales and Marketing for NLT. “This partnership delivers on the ability to utilize data, voice and location services over a single network-- one of the key benefits of a unified communication network based on industrial standard Ethernet and Wireless LAN (WLAN) technology.”

Through joint development efforts, NLT has integrated AeroScout’s wireless real-time location system into their Northern Light Digital™ Network. AeroScout’s long range active RFID tag is installed into the Northern Light® GII Model cap lamps, providing Wi-Fi-based location tracking capabilities, in addition to the renowned quality, innovative design and durability of the Northern Light® cap lamp family. With this solution in place, the location of workers, as well as valuable mobile equipment, can be continually tracked and viewed in real-time from any Web browser, to ensure safety and improve operations.

The AeroScout visibility solution, which has been successfully deployed in mining, enables wireless networking equipment, such as NLT’s mine-hardened access points, to sense the presence of AeroScout tags. The solution determines their accurate location, even in difficult and unpredictable environments such as the underground mine. In addition, AeroScout’s MobileView technology provides a robust set of web-based tracking and management tools that add critical business intelligence to the tracking system, and provides an additional capability in surface plant facilities.

“The emerging industry of underground location tracking offers tremendous value to mining companies,” said Gabi Daniely, VP of Marketing, AeroScout. “As mining operations worldwide standardize on Wi-Fi for communications, the introduction of asset and people tracking is a simple and effective way for mines to improve the ROI from their networking infrastructure.”

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