Carolinas HealthCare Selects Ekahau for One of Nation's Largest Healthcare System RTLS Deployments



    Ekahau RTLS Centralizes Asset Management and Enables RTLS Roaming Across
    Campuses in North Carolina

    RESTON, VA, Oct. 9 /CNW/ - Ekahau Inc., a leading provider of Wi-Fi-based
Real Time Location Systems (RTLS), today announced that it has been selected
as the RTLS vendor of choice for Carolinas HealthCare System (CHS), the third
largest public healthcare system in the United States. CHS is using the Ekahau
RTLS solution for a centrally deployed asset tracking application that will
work across its acute care facilities. CHS expects to track thousands of
assets across its campuses starting with infusion pumps and ventilators, which
it began tracking this past summer. When complete in early 2008, it is
expected that CHS will have one of the largest, most expansive healthcare
industry deployments of RTLS in the country.
    "We evaluated the offerings of more than a half-dozen vendors on their
technology's performance and scalability, as well as its ability to align with
our Wi-Fi strategy," said Clay Fisher, director at CHS. "After extensive
review, we felt confident that Ekahau RTLS would not only integrate with our
existing Wi-Fi infrastructure, but would provide system-wide visibility so we
could accurately and efficiently locate, manage and re-allocate equipment
between facilities to maximize usage and ROI."
    Ekahau RTLS is the industry's most accurate Wi-Fi tracking solution,
offering the ability to locate assets and people over any vendor and
generation of Wi-Fi networks. Using patented software-based algorithms to
compute the location of tracked objects, it eliminates the need for exciters,
choke points, receivers or other proprietary hardware infrastructure.
    Ekahau RTLS is server-based and can be installed centrally in a network
operations center for multi-campus facilities and can easily scale to support
thousands of tags on a single server. Ekahau's software based approach enables
Ekahau RTLS to be easily rolled out across geographically dispersed facilities
with no need to install hardware or software at those sites. Moreover, it
provides system-wide visibility, enabling users to manage not only the assets
of a single hospital, but rather multiple facilities, all for the cost of a
single platform.
    "We are honored to play an integral role in CHS's system-wide RTLS
deployment," said Tuomo Rutanen, vice president of Business Development at
Ekahau. "Ekahau RTLS is perfectly designed for just these types of large,
wide-ranging RTLS deployments in which multiple facilities are connected,
thousands of tags are deployed, and potentially thousands of users need to
locate valuable equipment. Ekahau RTLS accommodates the Wi-Fi network growth
and expansion at CHS without putting any special requirements on the network
itself, yet enables it to serve the needs of a diverse and growing set of
users on the system."
    "Wi-Fi-based location tracking systems clearly have an advantage when
used in geographically dispersed deployments, such as the one CHS is
undertaking," said Louis Bianchin, senior analyst and program manager for RFID
at Venture Development Corp (VDC), a technology market research and strategy
firm. "The Wi-Fi RTLS industry has rapidly evolved to the point where larger
scale deployments are not only financially feasible, but that technology has
matured enough to mitigate risks and offer a reliable solution."

    About Carolinas HealthCare System

    Carolinas HealthCare System (http:/www.carolinashealthcare.org) is the
largest healthcare system in the Carolinas, and the third largest public
system in the nation. CHS owns, leases or manages 20 hospitals in North and
South Carolina, and employs some 900 physicians who practice in more than 150
locations. CHS also operates nursing homes, ambulatory surgery centers, home
health agencies, radiation therapy facilities and physical therapy facilities.
Together, these operations comprise approximately 4,900 licensed beds and
employ more than 33,000 full-time or part-time employees.
    CHS's flagship facility is Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, an
861-bed hospital which includes a Level I trauma center, a research institute,
a children's hospital, a rehabilitation facility and a large number of
specialty treatment units (heart, cancer, organ transplant, etc.). CMC also
serves as one of North Carolina's five Academic Medical Center Teaching
Hospitals, providing residency training for over 200 physicians in 15
specialties. Carolinas Medical Center has been named the "Consumer's Choice
Preferred Hospital" in the Charlotte market by the National Research
Corporation nine times. U.S. News & World Report named CMC to its 2007-2008
ranking of "America's Best Hospitals" for urology and orthopedics.
    HealthGrades, the nation's leading independent healthcare ratings
company, rated CMC as best in the Charlotte area for overall cardiac services,
and among the top five in North Carolina. CMC is also the first hospital in
North Carolina to be recognized by J.D. Power and Associates for service
excellence in maternity care. In the fall of 2007, the 234-bed Levine
Children's Hospital will open on the CMC campus.

    About Ekahau Inc.

    Ekahau Inc. is the industry leader in providing Wi-Fi based RTLS
solutions. Ekahau's customers, including several Fortune 500 companies
worldwide, are realizing the benefits of Wi-Fi based location services and
innovative Wi-Fi network planning and optimization tools. Ekahau partners
include wireless software developers, leading system integrators, and
international OEM partners, who develop and market wireless enterprise
applications. Ekahau is a U.S. based corporation, with offices in Saratoga,
CA; Reston, VA; Helsinki, Finland; and Hong Kong, China. For more information
about Ekahau, please visit at http:/www.ekahau.com.

    (c) Copyright 2007, Ekahau, Inc. All Rights Reserved.





For further information:

For further information: Gail Norris, Rocket Science PR, for Ekahau,
(240) 477-4554, gail@rocketscience.com; Kevin McCarthy, Carolinas HealthCare
System, (704) 355-3141, kevin.mccarthy@carolinashealthcare.org

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