Ekahau Transforms Smart Phones Into RTLS "Hot Spots" to Locate Assets
and Individuals Outside the WLAN's Reach
TORONTO, April 11 /CNW/ - Ekahau Inc., the worldwide leader in high
performance Wi-Fi-based Real Time Location Systems (RTLS) (
announced that Ekahau RTLS customers can now use their iPhone or
Android smart phones to extend location tracking capabilities to areas
outside their defined wireless local area network (WLAN). By using the
smart phones as an additional wireless access point, this new
functionality gives Ekahau RTLS users a way to track assets during
transport or between Wi-Fi enabled facilities.
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"Many of our customers with multi-site or mobile operations have been
asking for an inexpensive way to set up a 'hotspot' to extend RTLS
presence outside of their WLAN coverage area for managing inventory and
accounting for personnel," said Tuomo Rutanen, Ekahau's senior vice
president of Worldwide Marketing and Business Development. "With our
latest innovation, a Wi-Fi-enabled iPhone or Android smart phone now
can serve as an extension of a Wi-Fi network's RTLS capability, giving
usersreal-time location and status of critical staff and assets
anywhere in the world."
To transform the iPhone or Android handsets into a portable Wi-Fi access
point, Ekahau RTLS users turn on the tethering feature of their smart
phone. With this feature activated, any Ekahau Wi-Fi tags in the
vicinity of the phone are able to communicate their presence back to
the Ekahau RTLS Controller ( http://www.ekahau.com/products/real-time-location-system/positioning-engine.html) location-tracking engine, which can be installed on a server anywhere
in the world as a cloud-based RTLS.
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Adding 'Sight' to Wi-Fi Blind Spots
By using the iPhone or Android handsets as ad hoc Wi-Fi hotspots, Ekahau
RTLS customers can track assets even in blind spots in their logistics
or supply chain - such as in temporary staging areas or mobile
environments such as transport trucks, vans or ambulances.
For example, Ekahau is currently piloting use of iPhones and Android
smart phones with ambulance drivers, to give hospitals a way to track
medical equipment, patients and staff who leave the hospital site.
Other planned uses include transportation logistics for high-value
assets and verifying inventory of on-board cargo.
Demonstrations at RFID Journal LIVE!
Ekahau will be demonstrating its iPhone and Android capabilities in
Booth 116 atRFID Journal LIVE! 2011 (http://www.rfidjournalevents.com/live/index.php), April 12-14 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.
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's
solutions are being used in more than 300 hospitals around the world,
as well as by manufacturing, retail and industrial companies,
government agencies and the military. 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 headquarters in Reston, Va.,
and other offices in Saratoga, Calif.; Helsinki, Finland; Tokyo; and
Hong Kong. For more information about Ekahau, please visit http://www.ekahau.com.
SOURCE Ekahau, Inc.
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