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Ekahau Introduces new Wi-Fi Capacity Tools to Plan Networks for Multiplying Tablets and Smartphones

RESTON, Virginia, March 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Ekahau Inc., the worldwide leader in high performance Wi-Fi-based Real Time Location Systems ( http://www.ekahau.com/products/real-time-location-system/overview.html ) (RTLS) and Wi-Fi tools, today released two products – Ekahau Site Survey (http://www.ekahau.com/products/ekahau-site-survey/overview.html ) (ESS) version 5.5, and Ekahau DBx Pro Spectrum Analyzer ( http://www.ekahau.com/products/ekahau-site-survey/spectrum.html) – that help network administrators design, deploy and troubleshoot high-capacity Wi-Fi networks.

Unlike other Wi-Fi (WLAN) planning and administration tools, the latest version of ESS takes the capacity of the Wi-Fi network fully into consideration. ESS accurately analyzes the network capacity based on the number of Wi-Fi devices, and the applications run on them. This is essential for today’s networks where a growing number of Wi-Fi-enabled smartphones, laptops and tablet devices require ever-increasing network capacity.

When designing a Wi-Fi network for data, voice, or RTLS, to support a large number of wireless devices, ESS will suggest a more dense access point placement. When analyzing a network, ESS now will display areas of sufficient or insufficient capacity. ESS also provides in-depth troubleshooting analysis, showing the number of associated clients per access point and displaying areas where too many voice calls will be placed simultaneously via a single access point.

“In the era of smartphones and tablets, the question for Wi-Fi network administrators is not just about coverage anymore, it’s about capacity,” said Jussi Kiviniemi, director of Product Marketing at Ekahau. “With our latest version of ESS, network administrators can be sure that their Wi-Fi network is capable of handling current and future capacity demands. This addition expands the growing list of ESS’ unique features, which already include real-time location system (RTLS) integration, hybrid site surveys and an Android network analysis application.”

The new Ekahau DBx Pro Spectrum Analyzer allows the user to detect, identify and locate interference issues in Wi-Fi networks with ease. DBx Pro, which replaces the previous DBx Spectrum Analyzer, offers significant improvements, such as interference classification, a device finder and a redesigned user interface.

Ekahau Site Survey 5.5 and Ekahau DBx Pro Spectrum Analyzer are available now from via the Ekahau website (http://www.ekahau.com/) and through Ekahau’s certified distribution partners.

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 300 hospitals around the world, as well as by manufacturing, retail and industrial 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 headquarters in Reston, Va., and other offices in Saratoga, Calif.;Helsinki, Finland; Tokyo; and Hong Kong. For more information about Ekahau, please visit http://www.ekahau.com.

 

April 7, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Ekahau RTLS and GOJO Dispensers Introduce Wi-Fi Hand Hygiene Monitoring Solution

Reston, VA — February 17, 2011 — Ekahau Inc., the worldwide leader in high performance Wi-Fi-based Real Time Location Systems (RTLS), today announced that it is, introducing a Wi-Fi Hand Hygiene Monitoring solution that automatically monitors hand hygiene of employees in the healthcare facilities to prevent the spread of hospital acquired infections and other transmittable diseases.

Ekahau RTLS offers the unique ability to track the location and staff interactions with patients and to measure hand hygiene activity down to the individual caregiver. Because the Ekahau RTLS runs over a hospital’s existing Wi-Fi network, the hand hygiene solution is cost effective and easy to deploy. Utilizing the GOJO SmartLink™ Series Dispensers with the Ekahau RTLS, customers will have access to a complete skin care portfolio – including PURELL® hand sanitizer, PROVON® hand soaps and PURELL® Surgical Scrub – enabling them to monitor hand hygiene across the entire facility. Once in place, the same Ekahau RTLS system can be used for a variety of other applications, such as staff communications, safety, workflow, patient tracking, asset tracking and environmental monitoring.

The hand hygiene solution combines Ekahau location-enabled staff badges and Ekahau beacons that are embedded into GOJO’s SmartLink™ Series Dispensers located throughout a hospital. The staff badges – which also are commonly used for staff messaging, workflow and safety applications – enable the RTLS system to automatically monitor staff-patient interactions, as well as when the staff member washes his or her hands before and after interacting with a patient in order to calculate compliance based on hospital policy. By leveraging the two-way communications capabilities of the Ekahau RTLS system, staff members can receive reminders and status information on the text display of their badges to help improve hand hygiene compliance. To ensure full compliance, the Ekahau transmitters that are integrated into the dispensers will only be activated when hands are sanitized, eliminating any false information from being collected.

“Hand hygiene is a significant concern, particularly in the healthcare market where, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hospital acquired infections add more than $30 billion to annual healthcare costs and result in almost 100,000 deaths,” said Tuomo Rutanen, senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing and Business Development at Ekahau. “We believe that Ekahau’s real-time location tracking technology – which is already in use at more than 300 hospitals worldwide and works over the customer’s existing Wi-Fi networks – has been integrated with GOJO hand sanitizing units to provide hospitals a way to ensure staff is compliant with hand washing procedures.”

”Today, most healthcare institutions still go through a manual observation method to collect and report hand hygiene compliance rates. This manual observation method typically requires significant cost and effort, but rarely yields timely and accurate information on hand hygiene compliance,” said Dave Mackay, Healthcare vice president at GOJO Industries. ”When you consider the potential for Ekahau’s real-time location tracking technology, enabled by GOJO’s touch-free dispensing systems, to deliver real-time hand hygiene monitoring at an individual care level, it’s exciting to think about the difference this could make for infection control.”

The solution relies on Ekahau’s experience in deploying healthcare technology enterprisewide and its accurate location tracking capabilities, as well as GOJO’s extensive expertise in infection control in the healthcare environment. The solution is currently undergoing field testing and will be available in the second quarter of 2011.

More information about how this solution works is online at
www.ekahau.com/solutions/healthcare/infection-control

Ekahau will be demonstrating a prototype of this solution at Booth 3701 during HIMSS11 Annual Conference & Exhibition, February 20-24, 2011, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

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 300 hospitals around the world, as well as by manufacturing, retail and industrial 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 headquarters in Reston, Va., and other offices in Saratoga, Calif.; Helsinki, Finland; Tokyo; and Hong Kong. For more information about Ekahau, please visit www.ekahau.com.

© Copyright 2011, Ekahau, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

About GOJO Industries
GOJO invented PURELL Instant Hand Sanitizer and markets a full range of PURELL products to consumers and professionals worldwide. In addition, GOJO markets a full line of handwashing and skin care products to professionals under the GOJO® and PROVON® brand names. GOJO has a 64-year history of leadership in improving well-being through hand hygiene and healthy skin. GOJO products and programs kill germs on hands and solve skin care-related problems in a variety of markets, including healthcare, foodservice, food processing, manufacturing, automotive, education, government and military. GOJO is a privately-held corporation headquartered in Akron, Ohio, with offices in the United Kingdom, France, Australasia, Japan and Brazil. For more information, visit www.gojo.com.

PURELL® is a trademark of GOJO Industries, Inc. and is used with permission.

February 18, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Ekahau to Showcase Hand Hygiene Monitoring & Temperature and Humidity Sensor Tags at HIMSS11 in Orlando

RESTON, Virginia, February 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ –
WHO: Ekahau Inc. (http://www.ehakau.com/)
WHAT: HIMSS11 Annual Conference & Exhibition
WHERE: Booth 3701
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, Fla.
WHEN: February 20-24, 2011
WHAT’S NEW?

Innovative applications, new products and interactive demonstrations will be at the heart of what Ekahau is showcasing during HIMSS11 next week. Here’s just a taste of what you can expect to see:
- Hand Hygiene Monitoring – Ekahau is expected to announce this week that
it is teaming up with a leading producer of hygiene solutions for the
healthcare market to develop a solution for monitoring hand washing over
Wi-Fi networks to aid in compliance and reduction of hospital acquired
infections (HAI). A prototype will be on display at HIMSS, with
commercial availability beginning in the second quarter 2011.

- Temperature and Humidity Sensor Tags (
http://www.ekahau.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=260&21&Itemid=76)
- Earlier this week, Ekahau introduced three new tags that
provide an automated way to measure, monitor and manage areas where
changes in the environment could be harmful.

- Interactive Demonstrations – Visit the eight stations at the booth to
see the Ekahau solutions in action. You can see how the Ekahau RTLS
(real-time location system) can be used for asset tracking, temperature
and humidity monitoring, staff safety, infection control, patient
tracking and wireless sensing. Other stations in the booth will focus on
solutions designed specifically for the government market, as well as
Ekahau Site Survey, a simple-to-use software tool for professional
Wi-Fi (WLAN) network planning, site surveys, and administration. Ekahau
also will showcase an integrated asset tracking and management system
that combines the power of RTLS with passive RFID and barcodes for a
complete enterprise-wide asset tracking and management solution.

Ekahau will also be leading an Exhibitor Solutions Session on Monday, February 21, from 3:30 p.m.-4:15 p.m. Join Tuomo Rutanen, Ekahau’s senior vice president of business development, and Shawn Worthman, vice president at GOJO Industries, to learn more about “Infection Control – Use Wi-Fi, RFID and RTLS to Battle the Bugs ( http://www.himssconference.org/exhibition/pavilionsessiondetail.aspx?ppsid= 313).”

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 300 hospitals around the world, as well as by manufacturing, retail and industrial 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 headquarters in Reston, Va., and other offices in Saratoga, Calif.; Helsinki, Finland; Tokyo; and Hong Kong. For more information about Ekahau, please visithttp://www.ekahau.com.

February 16, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.