Ekahau Upgrades Site Survey 4.0 to Simplify Wi-Fi Network Planning and Administration



    ESS 4.0 Offers Powerful Troubleshooting and 3-D Network Planning Tools
    and Integration With Ekahau RTLS


    SARATOGA, CA, Nov. 8 /CNW/ - Ekahau Inc., a leading provider of Wi-Fi
based Real Time Location Systems (RTLS) and site survey tools, today
introduced the Ekahau Site Survey (ESS) 4.0, which provides IT professionals a
robust, yet simple to use, tool for Wi-Fi network planning and administration.
The latest version of Ekahau's Wi-Fi site survey tool enables users to quickly
and easily create, improve or troubleshoot enterprise grade Wi-Fi networks.
    ESS 4.0 incorporates several new powerful features for network
integrators and IT managers. These features include optimization for
light-weight access points - such as Cisco LWAP, Aruba Mobile Edge, the Nortel
Networks WLAN Portfolio and Siemens HiPath - and automatic location
determination of all nearby access points. ESS 4.0 also addresses the problem
of Wi-Fi signal leakage between floors with advanced three-dimensional (3-D)
prediction algorithms.
    Wi-Fi network installations must take into account a number of factors,
including minimum signal strength, data rate and signal overlap. This is true
especially for Voice over Wi-Fi networks, which have an added level of
complexity. Historically network integrators or IT managers would have to look
at each of these factors independently. Now with ESS 4.0, they can view a
network map that gives a visual summary of whether a network is sufficient for
their specific needs, such as voice over Internet protocol (VoIP), video, data
and location tracking. This feature - called Network Health - offers a new
level of simplicity for planning and verifying any Wi-Fi network.
    ESS 4.0 also features On-Spot Check, which takes Wi-Fi troubleshooting to
the next level. Users can take an ESS 4.0-equipped laptop to a location where
connectivity issues have been detected and quickly receive real-time
information about the problem, as well as possible solutions.
    ESS 4.0 now fully integrates with Ekahau RTLS, the industry's leading
Wi-Fi-based location tracking system for assets and people. This integration
eliminates the need for a separate "location survey" procedure, instantly
allowing accurate tracking of people and assets over any Wi-Fi network after a
standard Wi-Fi site survey has been performed.
    The new features enhance the already broad functionalities of Ekahau Site
Survey, which includes easy-to-read coverage maps based on floor plans and
in-depth network analysis through visualization of data rates, signal-to-noise
ratio, overlap, roaming, and other factors.
    "Our goal with ESS 4.0 was to simplify the challenges IT professionals
face when deploying and managing Wi-Fi networks. We feel we have achieved that
with improved site survey and network planning functionality that takes away
the guesswork and complexity," said Arttu Huhtiniemi, product management
director at Ekahau. "Ekahau has been the undisputed innovator in Wi-Fi, both
in terms of location tracking as well as planning/site survey tools. With the
addition of 3-D multi-floor network planning and troubleshooting features,
Ekahau is extending its leadership in the Wi-Fi site survey/planning market.
And by having ESS integrated with Ekahau RTLS, we can ensure location tracking
performance and accuracy, with minimal system set-up efforts."
    Siemens, a global reseller for ESS and Ekahau RTLS, has standardized
their field operations on ESS. "We have been very happy with the tool,
especially the ease and speed of use, and 4.0 is a major improvement over the
previous version," said Marcus Birkl, vice president of Sales at Siemens. "ESS
has helped us a lot in both deploying Siemens HiPath network more quickly, and
meeting the high Siemens standards in terms of network performance especially
for VoWLAN installations. Working with great partners such as Ekahau further
validates Siemens commitment to Open Communications and Fixed Mobile
Convenience."
    ESS 4.0 will be commercially available in January 2008.

    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: U.S. Media Contact: Gail Norris, Rocket Science
PR for Ekahau, (240) 477-4554, juliet@rocketscience.com; Ekahau PR Contacts:
Mirja Katainen, Marketing Planner, Ekahau Inc., +358-20-743-5913,
marketing@ekahau.com; Arttu Huhtiniemi, Director of Product Management, Ekahau
Inc., +358-20-743-5916, Products@ekahau.com

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