Ekahau Receives 2005 Frost &
Sullivan Technology Leadership Award for its
Wi-Fi-based Positioning Technology Solutions
Palo Alto, CA - September 21,
2005 - Frost & Sullivan's recent analysis,
Wireless Location Positioning, selected Ekahau,
Inc. as the recipient of the 2005 Technology
Leadership of the Year Award for its wireless
fidelity (Wi-Fi)-based real time locating system
This system is one of the most
sophisticated, yet adaptable and cost-effective
solutions for tracking assets and people over
standard Wi-Fi networks. It is an open, standards-based
solution that can offer significant value for
any industry segment that has adopted Wi-Fi
for data and voice purposes.
Each year Frost & Sullivan
presents this Award to the company that has
pioneered the development of an innovative technology,
which has either impacted, or has the potential
to affect, several market sectors. This Award
recognizes the recipient's successful technology
development, which is expected to significantly
contribute to the industry in terms of
adoption, change, and competitive posture.
"Ekahau's proprietary Wi-Fi-based
positioning system is completely software-based
and utilizes existing Wi-Fi access points installed
in a facility and radio cards already present
in the user's devices," says Frost &
Sullivan Research Analyst Miriam Nagel. "Ekahau
has also developed a Wi-Fi-based radio tag that
uses industry-standard components that adhere
to the 802.11 standards."
Since the entire system uses
standards-based hardware such as 802.11a/b/g,
a standard Wi-Fi-based solution can optimally
make use of the installed bases, economies of
scale of the networks, and end-user devices
that are proliferating today. Without requiring
additional hardware, a company can install the
system much faster and significantly reduce
and long-term support costs.
Apart from saving on hardware
costs, Ekahau's Wi-Fi-based positioning system
significantly reduces likely radio frequency
(RF) interference. As the total Wi-Fi positioning
system shares the network with other clients,
it effectively reduces the need for additional
installation of a separate wireless network.
Its cost-effective scalability also enables
users to start with a small deployment and then
enlarge the positioning system as the number
of access points increases.
"Ekahau provides tracking
using client software 'soft tags' or battery-powered
Wi-Fi tags to provide more cost-effective solutions
than other companies," observes Nagel.
"By relying on industry-standard infrastructure,
Ekahau is future-proof, supporting 802.11 a/b/g
currently, and capable of supporting new 802.11
variants in the future."
Ekahau's solutions are targeted
at markets such as healthcare for real-time
patient, caregiver, and asset tracking; supply
chain for forklift, personnel, and inventory
tracking; process industry for field engineering/consultant
tracking; and manufacturing for work-in-progress
inventory tracking. Promising markets include
the government and military for tracking of
people, equipment, and assets.
"In locations such as on
college or corporate campuses, Ekahau solutions
can provide safety and security for employees,"
notes Nagel. "The solutions also help improve
safety in hazardous environments, track visitors
and contractors, and reduce asset thefts."
Held in Las Vegas, Frost &
Sullivan's Mobile Communications Awards Banquet
honors world-class companies for innovative
developments that deliver unparalleled insight
on wireless and mobile strategy, technology,
platforms and services. An annual event, the
banquet recognizes the quality and merit of
distinguished individuals and companies.