Ekahau Increases Power of Wi-Fi RTLS Positioning Engine



    EPE 4.2 Offers Improved Performance and Reliability to Support Mission
    Critical Applications

    SARATOGA, CA, Feb. 13 /CNW/ - Ekahau Inc., a leading provider of Wi-Fi
based Real Time Location Systems (RTLS), today announced the immediate
availability of Ekahau Positioning Engine (EPE) 4.2, which improves the
solution's ability to deliver unmatched, standards-based location accuracy,
speed and savings to the Wi-Fi based RTLS market and application developers.
EPE 4.2 is the foundation for Ekahau RTLS, the only comprehensive turn-key
RTLS system that can be installed over any brand or generation of Wi-Fi
infrastructure. Ekahau RTLS is a software solution that supports location
tracking with room-level or better accuracy using only the existing Wi-Fi
network. It does not require additional chokepoints, UWB antennas or other
proprietary infrastructure, as is the case with many other RTLS systems.

    
    EPE 4.2 enhances the Ekahau RTLS solution with several new
    features, including:

    -   Added Event Management - System integrators can now leverage Ekahau
        Event application programming interface (API), which introduces a
        straightforward event-driven programming model and a powerful rules
        engine to increase application performance and make system
        integration easier by using intelligent location event filtering in
        the engine. Developing new RTLS applications is now easier than
        before, as EPE already includes a set of powerful business rules,
        including event history.

    -   Better scalability - Compatibility with 64-bit processor architecture
        for Windows 2003 increases the performance to support concurrent
        tracking of 40,000 items, compared to only 10,000 items in the
        previous version. EPE 4.2 also supports multi-campus location models
        in which items must be tracked over millions of square feet.

    -   Faster deployment - Purchase of EPE 4.2 now includes Ekahau Site
        Survey 4.0 standard edition, which enables users to speed up Wi-Fi
        deployment in general and make sure the network is ready for RTLS
        prior to installation. This shortens the installation time and lowers
        the deployment cost.
    

    In addition to supporting the location tracking capabilities of the
Ekahau RTLS, the positioning engine's rich HTTP API enables it to be widely
used as a development platform for RTLS application development and ERP
integration. "EPE gives businesses worldwide a competitive advantage in
building Wi-Fi based asset and people tracking applications," said Tomi
Heinonen, product manager, Ekahau. "To improve their performance, our
competitors continue to add proprietary hardware to their solutions, which
makes the system more costly and complicated. Ekahau's positioning engine
upgrade gives users improved performance without adding any complexity to the
system, and reinforces our position as the cost-performance leader in the RTLS
market."
    Performance and total cost of ownership are two key metrics for any RTLS
system, and ensuring that both continue to improve with each new product
update, is the hallmark of success," said Louis Bianchin, senior RFID analyst
and program manager at Natick, Mass.-based Venture Development Corporation.
"Any high accuracy Wi-Fi RTLS server that is built on open standards, and
includes powerful deployment and development tools, is at an advantage in the
RTLS market."
    Several Ekahau customers already have deployed EPE 4.2. Helsinki District
Hospital in Finland is extending its existing Ekahau system to include
tracking of elderly patients within their campus. Ekahau T301A and T301B Wi-Fi
tags are being used to ensure patient safety and to notify security and staff
if a patient wanders through an exit door or enters a restricted area. "Our
main target is to find the best possible technical solution to fulfill the
customer's needs," said Anne Koskimaa, product manager for Securitas Systems.
"In this case, the new system truly helps elderly patients maintain
independence in safety. It also enables the caring staff to free resources, as
they do not have to constantly monitor patients movements, but will be alarmed
only when necessary."

    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 2008, Ekahau, Inc. All Rights Reserved.





For further information:

For further information: U.S. Media Contact: Juliet Travis, Rocket
Science PR, for Ekahau, (415) 464-8110 x 5, juliet@rocketscience.com

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