Oregon State University (OSU) has deployed the AeroScout real-time location system (RTLS) and asset tracking and management solution campus-wide to increase accessibility and inventory utilization.
OSU’s Disability Access Services (DAS) uses the solution to track the real-time location of specialized items for students, faculty and visitors with disabilities and special needs. The AeroScout RTLS solution tracks the location of hundreds of assets – primarily expensive, specialized furniture such as SurfaceWorks tables, lumbar support chairs, Izzy podiums, and interpreter and transcriber chairs – dispersed across the campus.
The solution consists of AeroScout’s MobileView software and AeroScout Wi-Fi Tags. The tags are attached to the specialized furniture and send location information for each item over OSU’s Wi-Fi network to MobileView, which has a graphical map of the campus that shows the real-time location of each item.
“Before deploying the AeroScout solution, there were times when 75 percent of DAS assets were unaccounted for,” said Jennifer Gosset, Disability Access Services Coordinator at Oregon State University.
With the AeroScout system in place, the DAS team is able to locate needed items across the expansive 1,800-acre Corvallis campus, consisting of 40 buildings and more than 450 classrooms, and reposition the items where they’re needed.
In addition, the automated system has aided OSU to reduce costs through improved inventory utilization and staff productivity while ensuring that the campus is accessible and comfortable for everyone.