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  • 6 June 2017 04:09

Aruba Delivers First Asset Tracking Solution Fully Integrated into WLAN Infrastructure to Improve Staff Efficiency and Customer Experience while Controlling Costs

New BLE-powered Aruba Tags, Aruba Access Points and Meridian Software Eliminate Loss of Valuable Assets and Automate Inventory Management; Expanded Ecosystem Enables Broad Adoption Across Industries

Sydney – June 6, 2017 – Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, today announced a new addition to its location-based services portfolio that helps organisations easily track valued assets, resulting in improved organisational efficiency, and lower capital and operational costs associated with misplaced assets. The Aruba asset tracking solution is fully integrated into the Aruba wireless infrastructure enabling simplified, fully integrated deployments at dramatically reduced costs.

Organisations worldwide lose millions of dollars every year on high-value items and inventory that are either misplaced, lost or stolen. Furthermore, employees and customers suffer from lost productivity and poor experiences. These challenges are particularly prevalent in industries like healthcare, where items such as IV pumps and heart defibrillators, are easily misplaced, resulting in 25 percent of hospital staff’s time wasted looking for these assets and negatively impacting quality of care. In retail and warehousing, items that can’t be located quickly mean wasted time for employees, delayed order fulfillment for customers and often, a loss of revenue for the retailer.

Aruba General Manager, South Pacific, Anthony Smith, said, “Aruba asset tracking addresses these challenges with a solution that is integrated into the Aruba Wi-Fi infrastructure eliminating the need for a separate network. Organizations also gain the benefits of accurate tracking of important items using either an intuitive, map-based mobile app or by integrating with organizations’ existing tracking solutions.”

The solution includes the following components:

Advancements to ArubaOS and Aruba APs: This new software allows Aruba BLE-enabled Access Points and Sensors to act as asset tag “observers,” creating a sensory network that provides added value to organisations with existing Aruba wireless infrastructure. In essence, it allows their Wi-Fi infrastructure to double as an asset tracking network.

New Aruba Tags: Cost-effective Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) – enabled tags are slightly larger than a quarter, making them ideal for items that range in size from IV pumps in a healthcare setting to pallets of goods in a warehouse. The tags are designed to meet stringent environmental requirements and come with multiple attachment options.

Asset Tag Configuration App: Aruba’s configuration app makes set-up and ongoing management of the tags simple. Assets can be designated with names, photos and optional IDs so that like assets can be searched for easily. Changes can be performed quickly, near the assets, and all data is automatically saved in a central cloud database. New features for the Aruba Meridian AppMaker: Organisations can now create their own asset tracking app for iOS or Android with the Meridian AppMaker. The AppMaker provides a new SDK and APIs for seamless third-party integration and custom use cases.

Partner Ecosystem Enables Broad Adoption Across Industries Key to the success of Aruba’s existing location-based services and Mobile Engagement portfolio has been the Meridian Engage Partner Program. Customers have leveraged app developers to integrate and build value-added mobile apps for iOS and Android that are used with the Meridian Mobile App Platform and Aruba Mobile Engagement portfolio. Aruba is extending this program to include asset tracking, as well as opening the program to new partners in a variety of industries across healthcare, retail, warehousing and numerous other verticals. Continuing its investment in the Intelligent Edge, Aruba also introduced its 8400 Core Switch at HPE Discover. The 8400 Core Switch is a new core aggregation switch that delivers the performance, power, automation and troubleshooting capabilities necessary to address the challenges of mobility, cloud and IoT inherent in networks today. The announcement of the 8400 Core Switch in conjunction with its asset tracking solution demonstrates Aruba’s ongoing commitment to bring innovation to organisations. HPE Pointnext Aruba Meridian Services from HPE Pointnext provide customers and partners worldwide with the expertise needed to take advantage of location-based services to engage with mobile users in any organisation or public-facing venue. These services can help augment customer IT and Aruba partner teams to provide the capabilities needed for the design and development of mobile applications with the Meridian platform.

Availability Aruba asset tracking solution is available now.

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About Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, is a leading provider of next-generation networking solutions for enterprises of all sizes worldwide. The company delivers IT solutions that empower organisations to serve the latest generation of mobile-savvy users who rely on cloud-based business apps for every aspect of their work and personal lives.

To learn more, visit Aruba at http://www.arubanetworks.com. For real-time news updates follow Aruba on Twitter and Facebook, and for the latest technical discussions on mobility and Aruba products visit Airheads Social at http://community.arubanetworks.com. For more information, please contact: Sarah Bullen OR Duyen Nguyen at DEC PR +61 2 8014 5033 and Aruba@decpr.com.au

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