Prominent Canadian Mining Company to Improve Worker Productivity With
Ekahau's Real Time Location System
SARATOGA, CA, April 30 /CNW/ - Ekahau Inc., a leading provider of
Wi-Fi-based Real Time Location Systems (RTLS), today announced that CVRD Inco
Ltd., a premier mining and metals company and the world's second largest
producer of nickel, has selected Ekahau as its vendor of choice for
underground asset tracking technology.
The Ekahau RTLS will be used to track production vehicles in the
company's mines in Ontario, Canada. With the real-time location capabilities,
Inco employees will easily be able to find their equipment during scheduled
shift changes. And, through specialized reports generated by the Ekahau RTLS
solution, mine management will be able to gain better visibility into
operations in order to improve productivity.
"We evaluated a number of location tracking solutions, but only the
Ekahau RTLS demonstrated how we could maximize the investment in our existing
in-mine Wi-Fi networks to quickly and efficiently locate our production
equipment underground," said Richard Howes, Manager of East Mines at Inco. "By
using the Ekahau solution to provide asset visibility from the surface, we are
able to better manage daily mining operations and make changes without delay
to maximize performance."
Offering the industry's best reliability and location accuracy, the
Ekahau RTLS is the only non-proprietary real-time tracking solution that can
be implemented entirely over standard, open Wi-Fi networks. It does not
require the addition of any complex proprietary sensors, exciters or other
infrastructure, as is the case with other RTLS systems. Using purpose-built
tags and standard wireless connectivity, the Ekahau RTLS can track objects or
people with an accuracy of as little as three feet across large production
facilities or multi-campus enterprises. By doing so, it provides a single
centralized solution that delivers enterprise visibility across all assets. In
addition, Ekahau and St. Paul, Minn.-based 3M have teamed up to bring
innovative RTLS solutions, along with 3M's materials expertise and strengths
and knowledge of the mining industry, to suit the needs of mining customers
"Ekahau's proven RTLS is ideal for underground applications - whether
tracking assets or ensuring worker safety," said Antti Korhonen, president and
CEO of Ekahau. "While Inco is initially using the solution to improve
operational efficiency, it can easily be expanded for use in tracking the
location of miners. Should an unfortunate accident occur underground, the
Ekahau RTLS can provide users with the last known location of the miners,
taking the guesswork out of the rescuers' job."
GG Automation Inc. (GGA), an Ontario-based systems integrator, is
partnering with Ekahau on the installation of the RTLS solution in Inco's
mines. GGA is a leader in wireless communication for underground mining with
GGA's proven hybrid fiber coax (HFC) system. GGA is now focusing its attention
on mine safety and production monitoring with Ekahau RTLS.
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 www.ekahau.com
About CVRD Inco Ltd.
CVRD Inco, a subsidiary of Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (CVRD). In business
for 100 years, the company is one of Canada's best-known companies and largest
exporters. CVRD Inco is foremost a primary metals company, producing 19
percent of the world's nickel supply. The company also produces copper,
precious metals, cobalt, sulphuric acid and liquid sulphur dioxide. CVRD Inco
is based in Toronto and employs 13,000 people around the world at our mining
operations, production facilities, research center, and through our extensive
marketing and sales network. For more information, please visit www.inco.com.
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