AeroScout, Inc., a pioneer in the field of Enterprise Visibility Solutions, today announced that American Port Services (APS), a leading third-party logistics (3PL) provider, has deployed its visibility system at a 60-acre cross-docking facility in Savannah, GA operated by APS on behalf of the worlds largest retailer. APS chose AeroScout and partner AGI Worldwide to implement the system, which accurately tracks the location of hundreds of trailers in the facility in real-time in order to improve efficiency, increase utilization and throughput, and reduce costs.

The AeroScout system is an outstanding solution to a pressing problem in the logistics and transportation industry, and automates a manual trailer-tracking process that used to take a full team of people and hours every day, said Ty Cobler, Director of Operations, APS. We expect that AeroScouts innovative Wi-Fi-based solution will deliver huge efficiency gains for our facility, and provide a quick return on investment.

The AeroScout Visibility System will enable APS to benefit from accurate and reliable trailer location data at a low total cost of ownership. With only 20 AeroScout Location Receivers, APS has full visibility of the facilitys 1000 trailer spaces spread over 60 acres. When a trailer enters the facility, it is fitted with a small radio device-- AeroScouts Wi-Fi-based Active RFID tag. As the trailer moves throughout the yard, the tags location is accurately tracked in real-time using standard WLAN protocols, allowing APS to easily locate the trailer for loading and unloading. Information about a trailers location and contents is integrated with existing yard management systems and shared with partners or customers.

Third party logistics providers have to compete through the efficiency of their processes, and AeroScout technology will help APS serve their major retail customers even more effectively, said Andris Berzins, VP of Marketing and Business Development, AeroScout. This deployment illustrates the strong value that can be achieved through the use of accurate, reliable asset visibility based on standard wireless networking protocols.

AeroScout was chosen as the technology provider for APS by partner AGI Worldwide, a supply chain consulting organization. AGI researched the real-time location services market on behalf of APS, and chose AeroScout based on a combination of reliability, high performance and a low total cost of ownership. AeroScout is far ahead of the pack in offering a full-featured, flexible location system that delivers the combined power of Wi-Fi and Active RFID for yard management environments, said John Bryant, CEO of AGI.

The AeroScout solution is more than just an asset tracking application. Combined with tightly integrated yard management, warehouse management, and visibility tools we are able to deliver significantly enhanced value to both APS and their customers by increasing yard turns, improving transloading quality, and increasing yard management efficiency, stated Bryant.

AeroScout also announced today its newly-expanded AeroScout Visibility System, the only visibility platform on the market to enable multiple types of location with a single Wi-Fi-based infrastructure. As APS grows, it will be able to take advantage of these new capabilities by utilizing the existing AeroScout infrastructure for further location-based applications such as personnel tracking and tag-based vehicle telemetry. APS is already planning to use AeroScout Exciters for choke-point visibility, sending alerts as trailers pass through certain locations. For further details, please see Dec. 7 press release AeroScout Introduces the Industrys Most Advanced Wireless Visibility Solution.

AGI Worldwide completes RFID compliance initiative at American Port Services Norfolk distribution facility

AGI Worldwide, a leading Supply Chain Services and Solutions company based in Alpharetta, GA, announced the successful RFID pilot and implementation at American Port Services (APS), a leading East Coast Third Party Logistics provider (3PL). AGI was hired to assist APS in meeting and exceeding a major retailers RFID compliance mandates in their distribution centers in order to offer RFID compliance services to their customers.

AGI provided project management, vendor management, integration and testing services, as well as warehouse management process changes (software and procedures). We were starting to fall behind our deadlines - an easy thing to happen considering we had 7 different vendors involved, including Alien, Printronix, International Paper, HighJump, Loftware and GlobeRanger, stated John Edwards, Assistant Director of Operations for APS. Kevin Wilson, RFID specialist with AGI, took over the project. He and the AGI staff brought the project back under control, and helped us successfully meet our October 1 RFID pilot deadline for one of our key clients who is a top supplier for a major retailer, stated Edwards.

We are very pleased at the success of this RFID project. Most RFID projects you read about seem to take longer than expected, and go over budget, due to the somewhat changing and untested state of RFID, as well as the involvement of multiple vendors. We were able to pull all the participating vendors together, fill in existing project gaps, and execute efficiently coming in on time. stated Kevin Wilson, Vice President and RFID specialist for AGI. APS now has a solid RFID infrastructure fully integrated with their warehouse and yard management software, enabling them to accommodate future RFID compliance initiatives they have planned with other major retailers, stated Wilson.

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