Flagler Hospital Selects Ekahau RTLS to Power Multiple Location Tracking Applications

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RESTON, Virginia, January 12 Ekahau Inc., the worldwideperformance leader in Wi-Fi-based Real Time Location Systems (RTLS), todayannounced that Flagler Hospital, a 316-bed acute care hospital in St.Augustine, Fla., has selected Ekahau RTLS in a competitive evaluation basedon performance and functionality required by Flagler for a variety ofhospital-wide asset tracking, work-flow and management applications.

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"In a matter of hours, Ekahau was able to set up a demonstration of itsRTLS solution and they showed us how their solution could be leveraged for awide range of applications that would provide increased benefits and improvedROI for the hospital long into the future," said Chris Mele, Administrator ofSupply Chain Management at Flagler Hospital. "We considered multiple vendorsfor Asset tracking and are confident the Ekahau system will be a success forFlagler Hospital".

Ekahau RTLS is a software-based real time location system that can trackthe location of tagged assets over any generation or brand ofenterprise-grade Wi-Fi network. Flagler Hospital utilizes a campus-widewireless LAN from Cisco Systems Inc. for a variety of clinical and ITapplications. Now that same Wi-Fi network can be leveraged by Ekahau RTLS tosupport Flagler Hospital's equipment inventory control and utilization,tracking several thousand clinical assets such as infusion pumps and patientmonitors as well as IT assets. Flagler Hospital expects that it will add morelocation-based applications, including staff and patient location trackingand temperature monitoring, in the near future, supporting an even greaterreturn on its investment in the Cisco wireless network and Ekahau RTLS.

RTLS system performance is typically measured by two key parameters:accuracy and latency. Ekahau's patented RF algorithms coupled with a uniquecalibration methodology deliver accuracy down to room level. And because itis certified by and operates over Cisco Wi-Fi networks, which providereal-time communications, Ekahau RTLS is able to transmit and processlocation data within seconds.

Hospitals commonly use Wi-Fi networks for data and voice communications.Ekahau was the first company to develop a software-based location trackingapplication that can be quickly and easily deployed over any Wi-Fi network,without the need for additional infrastructure, such as readers, cabling,choke points and exciters. Now Ekahau RTLS has become the de facto locationtracking solution for hundreds of health care organizations around the world.Ekahau RTLS has proven that it is capable of powering even the most demandingoperational and clinical applications and does not interfere with medicalequipment like other RFID-based technologies have been shown to do. And,because it is WiFi-based, the Ekahau RTLS system does not require puttingseparate tags on many wireless devices, such as infusion pumps and monitors,that have integrated Wi-Fi communications.

"Hospitals are complex environments that can introduce several challengesto an average tracking system. For example, they often have many small roomsand complex layouts - all of which impede or distort tracking system signals.And they often have thousands of assets and people that could move anywhereacross a massive campus," said Tuomo Rutanen, senior vice president ofWorldwide Marketing and Business Development for Ekahau. "Unlike othersolutions, Ekahau RTLS thrives in this kind of complex environment. Thecombination of its performance and accuracy, with monitoring, work-flowautomation and reporting tools, provides the visibility that hospitals needto ensure that their location tracking application delivers the operationalefficiencies promised."

About Ekahau Inc.

Ekahau Inc. is the industry leader in providing Wi-Fi-based RTLSsolutions. Ekahau's RTLS technology is routinely recognized for its superiorperformance in customer benchmarking and competitive evaluations ofWi-Fi-based location tracking solutions. Ekahau's customers, includingseveral Fortune 500 companies worldwide, are realizing the benefits of Wi-Fibased location services and innovative Wi-Fi network planning andoptimization tools. Ekahau's solutions are being used in more than 200hospitals around the world, as well as by manufacturers, mining/oil/gascompanies, government agencies and the military. Ekahau partners includewireless software developers, leading system integrators and internationalOEM partners, who develop and market wireless enterprise applications. Ekahauis 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 http://www.ekahau.com. (c) Copyright 2009, Ekahau, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Media Contact: Juliet Travis Rocket Science PR, for Ekahau +1-415-464-8110 x215 juliet(at)rocketscience.com

SOURCE Ekahau Inc.

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