Gainspan Corporation and Ekahau, Inc. Announce a Strategic Partnership to Create the Most Power Efficient, Location Aware Wi-Fi Sensor Network



    
    Ultra Low Power, Wi-Fi Sensor Networks Become Location Aware Through the
    Addition of Ekahau's Location Protocol to the Gainspan Embedded Software
    

    LOS GATOS, CA, Oct. 14 /CNW/ - GainSpan Corporation, a leading provider
of embedded Wi-Fi single-chip solutions, and Ekahau, Inc., a leading provider
of Wi-Fi-based Real Time Location Systems (RTLS) announced a strategic
agreement.
    Under the agreement, GainSpan has integrated Ekahau Location Protocol
(ELP) into the GainSpan Embedded Software that runs on GainSpan GS1010 ultra
low power SOC (System-On-a-Chip). This will allow GS1010-based Wi-Fi sensor
nodes and location tags to work with Ekahau Positioning Engine (EPE). As a
part of the agreement, Ekahau will license the EPE and Ekahau Vision
application to GainSpan customers allowing them to add location-awareness to
their applications.

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    GainSpan and Ekahau have already started actively marketing the combined
solution to OEMs and channel partners worldwide. Mr. Woochul Shin, Director of
Solutions Marketing, VSS Business Team at Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.,
commented: "Technology offered through this partnership provides an extremely
appealing solution. Our team is actively designing product offerings based
upon the combined solution and we hope to release products to the market
within next several months."
    "Ekahau Real Time Location System (RTLS) is targeted at providing
location awareness in environments where technologies such as GPS do not
perform adequately, unfortunately in the asset and people tagging industry
these environments are all too common," highlighted Vijay Parmar, President &
CEO of GainSpan Corporation. "Ekahau RTLS technology and GainSpan's low power
Wi-Fi SoC provide a reliable mechanism for people and asset tracking even in
these environments."
    "The robustness of tags used in the location-tracking market is of prime
concern to our customers," said Mr Antti Korhonen, President and CEO of Ekahau
Inc., "With our partnership with GainSpan and their ultra low power Wi-Fi
based technology, we can provide solutions that can operate reliably for more
than 5 years in the field all while being powered from only small power
sources such as a single AA battery."
    GainSpan Embedded Software leverages the global acceptance of Wi-Fi and
802.11b/g networks to provide the communication backbone for their sensor
networks. In environments where such networks don't exist, infrastructure can
be installed at a fraction of the cost of proprietary solutions and with
standard hardware easily available.
    Ekahau RTLS works with standard 802.11 infrastructures which allow
deployments on top of any Wi-Fi wireless infrastructure. This makes deployment
on top of existing infrastructures straight forward and gives flexibility to
greenfield deployments.

    About GainSpan Corporation

    GainSpan is an embedded Wi-Fi semiconductor company providing a low power
single-chip solution. Whether companies are developing sensor networks or
entering new markets enabled by low-power Wi-Fi, GainSpan provides the most
cost-effective, energy-efficient approach. Founded from within Intel in 2006,
GainSpan is the first company to develop a complete system-on-a-chip that runs
reliably for up to 10 years on a single AA battery. For more information,
visit http://www.GainSpan.com.

    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 150 hospitals around the world, as well as by
manufacturers, mining/oil/gas 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 offices in
Saratoga, Calif.; Reston, Va.; Helsinki, Finland; and Hong Kong, China. For
more information about Ekahau, please visit at http://www.ekahau.com.

    (c) Copyright 2006, Ekahau, Inc. All Rights Reserved.





For further information:

For further information: Media Contact GainSpan: Tania Kemeter,
tania.kemeter@gainspan.com, (408) 834-7280; Media Contact Ekahau: Arttu
Huhtiniemi, arttu.huhtiniemi@ekahau.com, Director, Product Management

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