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MSOL Microsoft Office Live (Marubeni Solutions Corporation) has signed a distribution agreement with the leading location tracking solutions supplier Ekahau, Inc., and starts reselling Ekahau's wireless LAN-based Real-Time Location System (RTLS RTLS Real-Time Location System
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Ekahau's advanced products introduced to the market by MSOL are: Ekahau RTLS, including the Wi-Fi Tag T201, related application software, and Ekahau Site Survey (ESS (1) (Electronic Switching System) A large-scale computer from Lucent used to route telephone calls in a telephone company office. The 5ESS is a Class 5 central office switch, and the 4ESS is a Class 4 tandem office switch. ).
Ekahau RTLS provides ubiquitous positioning indoors and outdoors with accuracy of 5m maximum error, whereas GPS and PHS (Personal Handyphone System) A TDMA-based cellular phone system introduced in Japan in mid-1995. Operating in the 1880-1930 MHz band, PHS uses microcells that cover an area only 100 to 500 meters in diameter, resulting in lower equipment costs but requiring more base can basically be used only outdoors with less precision (GPS expected error: 10m, PHS: 40-70m). It tracks and pinpoints laptops with wireless LAN A local area network that transmits over the air typically in the 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz unlicensed frequency band. It does not require line of sight between sender and receiver. Wireless base stations (access points) are wired to an Ethernet network and transmit a radio frequency over an area adapter, PDAs and Wi-Fi tags. Ekahau RTLS creates a signal strength map of the wireless LAN access points, by using received signal strength indicator (RSSI RSSI Received Signal Strength Indicator
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Ekahau RTLS consists of a Windows server See Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Home Server, Windows 2000 and Windows NT. software, Ekahau Positioning Engine, to calculate location estimates according to according to
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3. the strength of the signals it receives, Ekahau client software for Windows terminals, Ekahau T201 tags for asset and people tracking, Ekahau Device Manager software for remote management of wireless clients, and application software Ekahau Finder and Tracker, to monitor the positions of the mobile terminals, assets and people, on the map image displayed. Ekahau RTLS supports all standard Wi-Fi access points. Working over Wi-Fi infrastructure, it requires no other proprietary hardware, thus significantly reduces the cost and time of implementation. Tracking by RSSI enables Ekahau solution to be more free from the influence of obstacles than positioning systems based on the time difference of arrival (TDOA TDOA Time Difference Of Arrival
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Ekahau Site Survey is a software tool to visualize signal strengths of wireless LAN access points. It provides the most reliable assistance for wireless network planning and optimization, determining exactly where to install access points. With its Planner option, ESS can also simulate network settings prior to actual network installation. Just by carrying around a wireless laptop equipped with ESS, the software can collect signal strength data. The simulation will be performed on a map image: with the recorded survey data, ESS calculates signal strength, signal quality and data rate of any assumed position of access points and displays the result on a graphic image. By finding the ideal access point location, typical network problems, such as interference, signal interruption, etc. can be avoided in advance. With ESS, time and the cost will be saved in all the phases of the Wi-Fi deployment.
Ekahau Wi-Fi Tag T201 is an active radio tag designed specially to be tracked by Ekahau Positioning Engine. It is light (80g), small (49x56x23mm), and can be customized to hook up with other applications.
The retail price of Ekahau Positioning Engine will be Yen750,000 (in case without any option) and Ekahau Site Survey Yen298,000. MSOL is targeting a total sales of 200 million yen in the first year and 600 million in the second, through direct sales with the cooperation of application developing partners, and through joint efforts with leading systems integrators in various fields of business.
"Ekahau products are an ideal match with our distribution channel, and with our drive to promote enterprise based wireless solutions." said Shuji Era, general manager, Network Solutions Div. MSOL. "The cost effective deployment and the easiness use of Ekahau products, over existing enterprise Wi- Fi network, is really a compelling proposition, and easily beats any competing solutions."
MSOL is first targeting to meet the needs of healthcare institutions, the production management of manufacturers, logistic operations in distribution and supply chains, and such demands as integrating customer traffic flow monitoring to sales manage systems in retail businesses.
In addition, MSOL expects that the use of Ekahau RTLS solution will expand rapidly to other areas where the Wi-Fi is being deployed, such as VoWi-Fi and VoIP related markets.
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 See mobile positioning. and innovative Wi-Fi network See wireless Ethernet and 802.11. planning and optimization tools. Ekahau partners include wireless software developers, leading system integrators, and international OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) The rebranding of equipment and selling it. The term initially referred to the company that made the products (the "original" manufacturer), but eventually became widely used to refer to the organization that buys the products and partners, who develop and market wireless enterprise applications. Ekahau is a US based corporation, with offices in Saratoga, CA, Reston, VA, Helsinki, Finland and Hong Kong Hong Kong (hŏng kŏng), Mandarin Xianggang, special administrative region of China, formerly a British crown colony (2005 est. pop. 6,899,000), land area 422 sq mi (1,092 sq km), adjacent to Guangdong prov. , China.
For more information, visit http://www.ekahau.com.
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