Wireless: Integrated RFID, asset tracking for Belden

Belden announced it has enhanced the Belden Wireless Solution to include integrated asset tracking and active radio frequency identification (RFID) capabilities. These capabilities are provided through a mutual, non-exclusive agreement with AeroScout of Redwood City, CA, a provider of Wi-Fi- based Active RFID products. Belden is a developer of signal transmission solutions for wired and wireless enterprise networks, and industrial, broadcast, residential and security markets.
By Control Engineering Staff October 4, 2007

Belden

announced it has enhanced the Belden Wireless Solution to include integrated asset tracking and active radio frequency identification (RFID) capabilities. These capabilities are provided through a mutual, non-exclusive agreement with AeroScout of Redwood City, CA, a provider of Wi-Fi- based Active RFID products. Belden is a developer of signal transmission solutions for wired and wireless enterprise networks, and industrial, broadcast, residential and security markets.

The enhancement enables customers of the Belden Wireless Solution to track the location and status of high-value assets in real time, reducing loss and theft and improving operational efficiency. The Belden Wireless Solution is an interference-free wireless local area network system designed to provide for the seamless convergence of data, video, voice over wireless local area network (VoWLAN), and now location as well.

“With the rapid adoption of wireless networking today—in industrial, warehousing, government and health care facilities, as well as offices—there is an increased demand for the integration of RFID-based asset tracking, inventory control and RTLS technology,” says Bill Miller, Belden’s director of marketing for adjacent technologies, in a release. “Belden Wireless customers contracting with AeroScout for these applications can be confident of their systems’ performance, reliability and seamless compatibility.”

AeroScout’s asset tracking and visibility solutions use standard Wi-Fi wireless networks to accurately locate and manage assets, equipment and people in multiple environments. Applications include tracking of materials handling equipment, work-in-process inventory, shipping containers and medical equipment.

Belden and AeroScout have performed extensive testing on product pairings to ensure compatibility and interoperability.

Belden’s Wireless Solution is a Layer-2 Edge solution with a Channel Blanket topology to allow each radio channel to be used everywhere, at every access point, thereby creating blankets of continuous wireless coverage with no roaming latency or co-channel interference problems. High throughput is achieved even when cell traffic is high, and full compliance with IEEE 802.11a/b/g protocol and security standards is maintained.

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