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Oregon State University Deploys AeroScout Wi-Fi RTLS to Improve The Classroom Experience for All Students

  Oregon State University Deploys AeroScout Wi-Fi RTLS to Improve The
  Classroom Experience for All Students

   Tracks The Real-Time Location of Specialized Furniture for Students with
Disabilities Across 40-Building Campus to Increase Accessibility and Inventory
                                 Utilization

Business Wire

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. -- March 20, 2013

Oregon State University (OSU) has successfully deployed the AeroScout®
Real-Time Location System (RTLS) and Asset Tracking & Management solution
campus-wide. OSU’s Disability Access Services (DAS) uses the solution to track
the real-time location of specialized items for students, faculty and visitors
with disabilities and special needs. The system helps OSU reduce costs through
improved inventory utilization while ensuring that the campus is accessible
and comfortable for everyone.

OSU is a leading research university located 90 miles south of Portland. The
University’s Disability Access Services facilitates access to University
programs and services for students, faculty, staff and visitors with
disabilities through accommodations, education, consultation and advocacy.

DAS implemented AeroScout’s RTLS and Asset Tracking & Management solution to
track the location of hundreds of assets – primarily expensive, specialized
furniture such as SurfaceWorks tables, lumbar support chairs, Izzy podiums,
and interpreter and transcriber chairs – dispersed across the campus. The
system, which works with OSU’s standard Wi-Fi network, allows the DAS team to
immediately locate needed items across the expansive 1,800-acre Corvallis
campus, consisting of 40 buildings and more than 450 classrooms, and
reposition the items where they’re needed.

“We have a lot of returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan and we needed
to find a cost-effective way to accommodate them with specialized furniture,”
said Jennifer Gosset, Disability Access Services Coordinator at Oregon State
University. “Before deploying the AeroScout solution, there were times when 75
percent of DAS assets were unaccounted for. This impacted the campus
experience for many of our students and staff members and drove up costs. Now,
we know exactly where every item is. As a result, we’re able to provide a much
better experience for our disabled students and we’ve significantly improved
asset utilization and staff productivity.”

The solution consists of AeroScout’s MobileView software and AeroScout Wi-Fi
Tags. The tags are attached to the specialized furniture and send location
information for each item over OSU’s Wi-Fi network to MobileView, which has a
graphical map of the campus that shows the real-time location of each item.

“OSU has applied asset tracking in an original way that has had a real and
significant impact on the campus experience while also reducing costs and
inefficiencies,” said Janet Chaffin, President of AeroScout Industrial. “It is
one example of the many uses of the AeroScout Wi-Fi RTLS across a wide range
of industries – from tracking high-value assets across a university, to
driving lean manufacturing, to improving safety in mines and on oil and gas
platforms, to helping hospitals operate more efficiently. We’re proud to be
working with OSU on this important initiative.”

About AeroScout

AeroScout Industrial, 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, +1-415-432-2400
aeroscout@lewispr.com
 
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