Four New Models Feature the Industry's First Wi-Fi Pager and Industry-Specific Functionalities
LAS VEGAS, September 8/ -- Ekahau Inc., a leading provider of Wi-Fi-based Real Time
Location Systems (RTLS), at RFID World today introduced four new Wi-Fi tags that expand the functionality of its real-time location tracking solutions.
The tags, which were designed in response to customer demand in a number of vertical markets, include a personnel badge tag that offers the industry's first two-way Wi-Fi pager capabilities and other solutions for industrial, retail and temperature sensitive environments.
"Many of our potential customers understood the value of real-time location tracking, but had unique needs that exceeded the capabilities of our T301A and T201 asset tags or T301-B badge tag." said Arttu Huhtiniemi, director of Product Management at Ekahau. "With the new additions to our product line, we are addressing those customers' demands and delivering the functionalities to support a wider variety of applications."
All of Ekahau's tags support two-way communication, enabling the tags to both send and receive information for communication and remote tag management across any brand or generation of Wi-Fi network. Ekahau's newest Wi-Fi tags include:
o T301BD - Building upon Ekahau's proven personnel badge
technology, the T301BD is the first RTLS tag to offer Wi-Fi pager
functionality. It enables users to send messages, status updates and
alarms. It also allows them to receive and acknowledge text messages
and location-based alerts on a bright display screen that uses the
latest OLED technology. The T301BD also is a cost-effective solution
for replacing legacy paging systems and services as it leverages an
enterprise's own Wi-Fi network.
o T301i - A locatable industrial tag with two-way signaling and
a call button, the T301i is a wireless replacement for the traditional
hard-wired factory call buttons, which are used for plant floor part
replenishment, service requests, status updates and quality alerts. It
is an ideal solution for any applications where remote call requests
and two-way acknowledgement are required.
o T301T - By integrating a temperature sensor, the T301T can
automatically report temperature readings in a remote location and
notify users if the temperature exceeds a predefined threshold range.
Designed for automated monitoring of refrigerators, freezers and any
Temperature sensitive areas in hospitals, retail stores and industrial
applications, this tag's Wi-Fi capability enables it to support multi-
party cold chain monitoring and management applications. The T301T
supports an optional remote platinum temperature probe with a
temperature measurement range of -200C to +200C for applications that
require monitoring at extreme temperatures.
o T301Ex -Intended for use on oil and gas rigs, and in
petrochemical refineries and chemical plants, where certification is
required for hazardous or volatile environments. The T301Ex can be used
for asset tracking and status notifications, as well as supporting
employee safety applications for reporting the location of personnel in
accident or disaster situations.
Ekahau's complete line of tags deliver the broadest functionalities of any Wi-Fi tags on the market and offer enterprises the flexibility to leverage their existing Wi-Fi networks without installing proprietary readers or chokepoints. The tags support two different modes of operation. The first is a full associating mode, in which the tag functions as would any standard Wi-Fi client, enabling it to operate and roam over Wi-Fi infrastructure from any vendor. The second is a beacon mode. Using Wi-Fi networks from supporting vendors, the tag sends RF beacons to the Wi-Fi infrastructure without associating, enabling longer tag battery life. The tags also can leverage both modes in parallel.
Ekahau will be showcasing its tags, as well as the full Ekahau RTLS solution, at Booth 514 during RFID World, Sept. 8-10 in Las Vegas.
Samples of all tags are available now and volume shipments will begin in the fourth quarter of 2008. Pricing is available upon request.
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 www.ekahau.com.
Source: Ekahau Inc.