Ascom Wireless Solutions and Ekahau Introduce Wi-Fi-Based Emergency Positioning Solution

    HELSINKI and GOTHENBURG, Sweden, Aug. 27 /CNW/ - Ascom Wireless Solutions
(WS) and Ekahau Inc. announce their collaboration on a new Wi-Fi positioning
solution. Ekahau's location-based services (Ekahau RTLS) combined with a
high-end VoWi-Fi handset i75 from Ascom WS, create a reliable means of
locating people in emergency situations.
    Several industries, such as manufacturing and healthcare, are already
using the Ascom i75 handset and will benefit from this new feature. The system
enables locatable handsets within the coverage area of an existing enterprise
Wi-Fi network, both indoors and outdoors. The solution does not require any
additional infrastructure components, such as additional readers, antennas or
    The new Ascom WS/Ekahau positioning solution will help organizations
locate people in emergencies. For example, in the event of an accident on a
plant floor, the person in need can press the alarm button for assistance or
an automatic "man-down" alarm is sent. The position of the person carrying the
handset will be then accurately revealed and rapid assistance can be sent.
    The open application programmer's interface (API) provides access to the
real-time location information by any software application, and enables new
location-based services, such as "nearest-person-to-task," work-flow
improvement and asset tracking applications.
    "We are very pleased that Ascom WS has selected the Ekahau Wi-Fi tracking
solution, which offers the ability to locate people over any brand or
generation of a standard Wi-Fi network," said Jarmo Ikonen, director of sales,
EMEA-APAC at Ekahau. "The Ascom i75 handsets are robust and reliable, and are
a perfect fit to our tracking system."
    "Integrating Ekahau with the Ascom VoWi-Fi handsets was easy and
straightforward as their system is based on the IEEE 802.11 Wi-Fi standard,"
added Henrik Sandberg, product manager at Ascom. "We are very pleased that we
now can offer this secure tracking solution to our customers, enhancing
personal safety for their employees."

    About Ascom Wireless Solutions

    ASCOM WIRELESS SOLUTIONS is a leading provider of on-site wireless
communications for key industries such as healthcare, manufacturing, retail
and hotel. More than 75,000 systems are installed at major companies all over
the world. The company offers a broad range of voice and professional
messaging solutions, creating value for customers by supporting and optimizing
their Mission-Critical processes. The solutions are based on VoWiFi, IP-DECT,
DECT, Nurse Call and paging technologies, smartly integrated into existing
enterprise systems. The company has subsidiaries in 10 countries and 1,200
employees worldwide. Founded in the 1950s and based in Goteborg, Sweden, Ascom
Wireless Solutions is part of the Ascom Group, listed on the Swiss Stock

    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

    (c) Copyright 2008, Ekahau, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

For further information:

For further information: Henrik Sandberg, Product Manager, Ascom
Wireless Solutions, Phone +46-31-559403; Jarmo Ikonen, Director of Sales,
Ekahau Inc., Phone +358-40-84-96117

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