Ekahau Deploys First Mobile Tracking Solution in Madrid Public Transport Complex



    RTLS Installation for Consorcio Regional de Transportes de Madrid
    Provides Future Tracking Platform in Demanding Subterranean Environment

    SARATOGA, CA, Nov. 15 /CNW/ - Ekahau Inc., a leading provider of
Wi-Fi-based Real Time Location Systems (RTLS) today announced that the Ekahau
RTLS is being used to streamline and facilitate the movement of thousands of
buses through Madrid's emerging public transport complex, which is governed by
Consorcio Regional de Transportes de Madrid (CRTM).
    Ekahau has been working with local partner Neomedia, the leading Spanish
engineering company specialised in wireless infrastructure, since 2005 to
create a solution that can track as many as 2 000 buses through the transport
hub's four underground transport interchangers, which are centres where the
subway, buses and trains intersect for passengers to transfer between systems.
    An essential element in the system is a Linux-based client Neomedia
designed in collaboration with Ekahau to track moving vehicles. "Our DLA
device configures itself depending on the average speed of the vehicle," said
Miguel Caballero, business development director at Neomedia. "The accuracy we
get with the 'speed parameter' is higher than with tags, which are usually
used for tracking purposes."
    The mobile tracking solution provides CRTM with the ability to better
manage and coordinate buses when they go into the underground interchangers,
complementing the global positioning system (GPS) solution they have for
outdoor location tracking. With the Wi-Fi based RTLS solution, interchanger
operators now have more control over bus scheduling and are able to inform
commuters where buses are at any given moment. In fact, they can locate buses
in real time with an accuracy of two to three meters. The tracking technology
also assists with maintenance, giving the location information to mechanics so
they can quickly reach the bus and fix any problems.
    "Tracking fast moving objects posed a new challenge for our technology
and one which we have conquered together with Neomedia in CRTM's application,"
said Jarmo Ikonen, Ekahau's sales director. "I believe that the success of
this project will pave the way for similar projects in other countries."
    With the two-year pilot scheme now successfully completed, implementation
of Ekahau RTLS will expand as new interchangers are built in the CRTM complex.
By the time of its completion, the Madrid project will represent one of the
most ambitious and innovative public transport developments in Europe.
    "The ingredients for this project created a devil's brew for
implementation: thousands of fast moving targets, radio noise, crowds of
people and a subterranean campus," said Jorge Sanchez, Neomedia's engineering
project director. "Having said that, Ekahau RTLS has shown itself to be the
only system to handle these parameters and deliver accurate and reliable
results."

    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 realising the benefits of Wi-Fi based location services and
innovative Wi-Fi network planning and optimisation tools. Ekahau partners
include wireless software developers, leading system integrators, and
international OEM partners, who develop and market wireless enterprise
applications. Ekahau is a US 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.

    About Neomedia

    Neomedia is the leading Spanish engineering in Wireless Infrastructure
Projects. The company develops WiFi/Mesh/WiMax projects with Voice, Video,
Data and Location solutions. Founded in 2003, Neomedia has more than 150
customers (most of them Cities and Public Administration) where these kinds of
solutions has been successfully implemented.

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





For further information:

For further information: US Media Contact: Gail Norris, Rocket Science
PR, for Ekahau, (240) 477-4554, gail@rocketscience.com; Ekahau PR Contact:
Mirja Katainen, Marketing Planner, Ekahau, Inc., +358-20-743-5913,
marketing@ekahau.com; Neomedia PR Contact: Miguel Caballero, Business
Development Director, +34-902-92-90-18, mcaballero@neomedia.es

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