AeroScout, Inc., a pioneer in the field of Enterprise Visibility Solutions, today announced that Inco, Ltd. has installed the companys Wi-Fi based Active RFID system, as the first phase of an equipment-tracking project inside an underground mine in Sudbury, Canada. Inco is using the mines existing wireless infrastructure, along with AeroScout software, to evaluate tracking items affixed with AeroScout Wi-Fi based Active RFID tags.

Mining is a perfect example of an industry with a strong need for real-time location that has not been realized until the advent of Wi-Fi based Active RFID technology, said Gabi Daniely, VP of Marketing, AeroScout. Our partnership with Cisco Systems has enabled Inco to leverage their existing wireless data network for location-based services. In addition, this installation demonstrates the ruggedness of the AeroScout tag product line there are few environments harsher than an underground mine.

At Incos Sudbury mines, vehicles, containers, drills and other pieces of valuable mobile ore production equipment are constantly moving through large underground areas. Because the equipment does not necessarily follow a pre-defined track and is spread throughout the mine, it is difficult to locate particular assets that are needed in real-time. By attaching AeroScout tags to equipment, Inco can use the mines existing wireless access points to determine their location instantly and with high accuracy.

Inco will use the system to better track and understand mobile equipment use underground, and thereby improve ore production. With the AeroScout Visibility System, Inco will also be able to use the same infrastructure in the future for other location-based applications such as supplies and energy management. The use of existing access points as readers enabled the system to be installed quickly and at a low total cost of ownership.

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