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Stanley Black & Decker to Shutter Its AeroScout Industrial Division

Companies in the manufacturing, transportation and logistics sectors will not be able to buy AeroScout tags and exciters after Oct. 31. However, Stanley will continue to offer AeroScout solutions to hospitals and other health-care customers.
By Claire Swedberg
Aug 18, 2015

Stanley Black & Decker is discontinuing its AeroScout Industrial line of real-time location systems (RTLS) products for manufacturing, transportation and logistics, effective Nov. 1. The company announced the closure on its AeroScout website earlier this month, but noted that its Stanley Healthcare division will continue to offer AeroScout solutions to hospitals and other health-care providers. AeroScout's RTLS uses battery-powered RFID tags that transmit unique IDs via the Wi-Fi protocol. The announcement comes three years after Stanley Black and Decker acquired AeroScout (see Stanley Healthcare Solutions Acquires Wi-Fi-based RTLS Company AeroScout).

Stanley Black & Decker says that industrial AeroScout products will not be available for purchase after Oct. 31, and installation support will not be available for new orders. The company says it will not renew any agreements relating to AeroScout Industrial products or services, but will fulfill warranty obligations for products sold before Nov. 1. Maintenance services will continue to be provided until maintenance contracts expire. In a public statement, Stanley Healthcare indicated that "the AeroScout brand is alive and well and remains a key technology foundation" for Stanley Healthcare's RTLS solutions. "We continue to innovate and extend the capabilities of these solutions," the statement reads. "All Stanley Healthcare customers using AeroScout products may rest assured that there is: no change to solutions or support; no change in leadership or structure; no change in business resources; no change in strategic direction."

Stanley Black and Decker and Stanley Healthcare declined to comment for this story. Therefore it's unclear whether existing industrial customers could use products sold by Stanley Healthcare. However, two vendors of competing Wi-Fi-based RTLS solutions say that their Wi-Fi-based RFID tags could be used by AeroScout Industrial customers. Zebra Technologies, says its WhereNet Wi-Fi-based RTLS tags would work with AeroScout solutions. Wi-Fi RTLS company Ekahau indicated its tags have also been used with AeroScout solutions, although that is not a combination Ekahau recommends, since Ekahau's regular upgrades would not be available with an AeroScout system.

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