Wireless Applications

Enhanced Location Capabilities from AeroScout, Cisco

May 24, 2007

Long-standing technology partnership delivers Ccx-compatible active RFID tags, sensor data, choke-point detection and enterprise software for Cisco customers.


SAN MATEO,CA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AeroScout, Inc., the market leader in Wi-Fi-based Active RFID solutions, announced the full compatibility of its market-leading Wi-Fi tags with Cisco's newly released CCX tag format. This enables Cisco customers to add the most advanced location functionality to their Wi-Fi networks through AeroScout's award-winning Active RFID hardware and software solutions.

AeroScout Tags now use the CCX tag format to communicate with the Cisco Unified Wireless Network, which are also integrated with AeroScout's MobileView application software. This integration includes full compatibility for multiple advanced features such as wireless sensors, data telemetry, call-button messaging and choke-point detection through AeroScout's unique Exciter product. AeroScout tags will continue to work seamlessly in the Cisco Unified Wireless Networks including outdoors and other challenging environments, for complete solutions in healthcare, manufacturing and logistics.

"Cisco and AeroScout solutions are successfully deployed in numerous customer sites and well-established in various industries for several years with proven results," said Ben Gibson, Director of Mobility Solutions, Cisco. "The introduction of new capabilities like emergency call-button triggering, environmental temperature monitoring, precision choke-point location alerts and others available from AeroScout, significantly broaden the applications and benefits of utilizing the Cisco Unified Wireless Network."

The Cisco CCX tag format builds upon the Wi-Fi "beaconing" tag method that AeroScout and Cisco jointly pioneered. It is a new standard for communication from Wi-Fi-based Active RFID tags, which delivers location information and other valuable data to the Cisco Wireless Location Appliance. The beaconing method eliminates the need to "associate" with the Access Point and enables AeroScout's asset tracking solutions to easily scale to tens of thousands of tags without negatively impacting the Wi-Fi network. For example, one recent AeroScout installation uses this method to enable over 15,000 AeroScout tags to operate on a Cisco Unified Wireless Network. Other non-CCX tags that require an association method of continuous back-and-forth communication are severely limited in scalability and drain network resources.

AeroScout and Cisco location solutions have been successfully installed across multiple industries, and the ability to leverage the Wi-Fi network in order to deliver advanced data is a critical part of these complete solutions. For example, within the healthcare industry, AeroScout CCX compatible tags can utilize wireless telemetry and sensors to communicate pharmaceutical temperature data or medical device status, and AeroScout Exciters can trigger the tags to report this information at gateways, all over the Cisco Unified Wireless Network. This valuable data enables customers to gain a better understanding of asset status and to drive business decisions.

"Our ongoing relationship with Cisco has enabled us to provide customers with a set of unique and high-value solutions, and we continue to jointly lead the market by developing new features that enterprises require," said Gabi Daniely, Vice President of Marketing and Product Strategy at AeroScout. "The beaconing tag method used by the Cisco CCX format ensures that our large enterprise customers will continue to receive high scalability, low network impact, long tag battery life and advanced features."

Since developing the industry's first Wi-Fi-based Active RFID asset tracking solution four years ago, AeroScout has continued to lead and innovate in the Wi-Fi market. Recently, the company announced the world's largest Wi-Fi-based Active RFID implementation and was named a winner of the Red Herring 100 award for innovation. Cisco and AeroScout have previously announced multiple joint customers and technology development efforts, and Cisco is an investor in AeroScout.

About AeroScout
AeroScout is the leader in Active RFID asset tracking and location solutions over standard Wi-Fi networks. Its enterprise visibility solutions accurately locate and monitor assets and people in both indoor and outdoor environments to improve business processes. The company has over 200 customers in the healthcare, manufacturing and logistics industries including Boeing and more than 30 of the world's leading hospitals. Founded in 2000, AeroScout is headquartered in San Mateo with offices in Europe and Asia. For more information, please visit the company's Web site.

AeroScout is a registered trademark of AeroScout, Inc. Wi-Fi is a trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Information is subject to change without notice.

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