FMC Technologies Streamlines Business Processes with AeroScout Wi-Fi RTLS and Asset Tracking Solution

  FMC Technologies Streamlines Business Processes with AeroScout Wi-Fi RTLS
  and Asset Tracking Solution

  *System Supports FMC’s Lean Manufacturing Initiative
  *Improves Efficiency and Eliminates Time-Consuming Manual Searches for
    Needed Equipment
  *Leverages FMC’s Existing Boston Networks Wi-Fi Network

Business Wire

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. -- December 13, 2012

AeroScout®, a leading provider of Enterprise Visibility Solutions, today
announced that its Real-Time Location System (RTLS) and Asset Tracking &
Management solution have been successfully deployed by Boston Networks,
enabling FMC Technologies to quickly and accurately locate high value
equipment within its manufacturing facility. The system leverages FMC’s
existing Boston Networks Wi-Fi infrastructure to help improve operational
efficiency and business processes by eliminating the need to manually search
for items.

Based in Scotland, FMC Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: FTI) is a leading global
provider of technology solutions for the energy industry. The Boston Networks
solution, utilizing AeroScout’s RTLS, is now fully operational at FMC’s
Dunfermline Subsea Facility, a 213,000 square-foot plant responsible for the
design and manufacturing of subsea trees, wellhead systems and associated
equipment for the oil and gas industry.

The FMC production and testing environment is highly volatile and assets are
regularly on the move. Real-time visibility of these assets throughout the
manufacturing process is crucial for:

  *Improving and optimizing operations
  *Increasing production throughput
  *Improving plant health and safety

“The tracking system we now have within the facility allows us to track high
value assets in real time and helps us comply with our specialist statutory
licenses,” said John Johnston, Health, Safety and Radiation Advisor at FMC
Technologies. “We are now entering Phase II to extend the tracking system to
other assets and production items within the facility. The tracking system is
now being considered by various sites within our global organisation to assist
with our production flow and streamlining throughout the business.”

The Boston Networks solution consists of AeroScout Wi-Fi RFID Tags, which
attach to the assets being tracked, and MobileView software, which allows
staff to quickly locate needed items anywhere in the facility with an
intuitive graphical user interface. The system is tracking components used in
manufacturing petrochemical wellhead devices, which are commonly used to cap
oil pipes on the seabed.

Due to the environment in which the devices are used and rigorously tested,
the asset tracking tags needed to be waterproof and ATEX certified. FMC is
also using the AeroScout system to track assets for which it is required to
hold a license: the solution helps ensure that FMC Technologies doesn’t breach
its licenses and automates reporting for audits.

Boston Networks, a U.K. leader in the design, installation and support of
high-performance Wireless and Intelligent Building Systems, was the lead
systems integrator for this project. It selected the AeroScout solution for
FMC because it works with FMC’s existing Wi-Fi infrastructure, making
deployment quicker and easier.

“FMC Technologies has a complex production environment with special
requirements, making it even more important to have the real-time visibility
into its processes that AeroScout enables,” said Janet Chaffin, President at
AeroScout Industrial. “We’re proud of our work with Boston Networks to help
FMC gain the visibility it needs to remove inefficiencies, streamline business
processes and improve reporting. We look forward to working with Boston
Networks to further extend the benefits of the FMC solution.”

About Boston Networks

Boston Networks is a leader in the design, planning, installation and support
of high-performance Intelligent Building Systems and Wireless Solutions.

Specialising in Cabling Services, Network Infrastructure, Wireless LAN & WAN
and Integrated Security Systems, encompassing CCTV, Access Control, Fire
Safety & Intruder Detection, we offer the best of breed technologies and
deliver a comprehensive range of bespoke solutions and professional Support
Services throughout the UK.

About AeroScout

AeroScout, part of Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE: SWK), is a global market
leader in Enterprise Visibility solutions. Customers improve operational
efficiency using AeroScout products that leverage standard Wi-Fi networks to
track and manage the location, condition and status of mobile assets and
people. Many of AeroScout’s customers are Fortune 500 companies that
specialize in process and discrete manufacturing, mining, logistics and
healthcare. The company invented the first Wi-Fi-based RFID tag, and today is
widely recognized as leading the market in number of deployments. AeroScout
has offices in Redwood City, California, as well as in Europe, the Middle
East, Asia, Australia and Latin America. For more information, please visit
http://www.AeroScout.com/Industrial.

AeroScout is a registered trademark of Stanley Black & Decker. Information is
subject to change without notice.

Contact:

LEWIS PR
Scott Blevins, +1-415-432-2412
aeroscout@lewispr.com
 
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