In a move designed to help customers accurately and quickly track business assets and people, Ekahau Inc. announced it has become a member of the newly launched HP ProCurve Open Network Ecosystem (ProCurve ONE) alliance program.
Ekahau, a leading provider of Wi-Fi-based Real Time Location Systems (RTLS), will incorporate its RTLS solution for enterprise location as an interoperable enterprise-class application available on the new HP ProCurve ONE Services zl Module, a blade for the HP ProCurve Switch 5400zl and 8200zl series.
"We are honored to join the HP ProCurve ONE alliance program," said Antti Korhonen, president and CEO of Ekahau. "As demand for RTLS solutions continue to rapidly grow, integrating our innovative solution with the well-respected HP brand is clearly a winning proposition for Ekahau, HP ProCurve and those customers who have an urgent need for asset management solutions."
Ekahau's approach to enterprise location tracking is unique in an industry in which other vendors require the installation of multiple proprietary readers and sensors to track the location of tagged assets, inventory or individuals. With Ekahau RTLS, users only require the software, which is integrated with the HP ProCurve ONE Services zl Module, and Wi-Fi tags to deliver accurate real-time tracking results. Having that information is invaluable for enterprise customers looking to lower costs, accelerate business growth and mitigate risks.
As a member of HP ProCurve ONE, Ekahau provides HP ProCurve customers with its Ekahau Positioning Engine (EPE) software. While Ekahau's EPE already works over any existing Wi-Fi network, the newly integrated RTLS package will allow HP ProCurve customers to add Ekahau RTLS functionality as a plug-and-play application with the HP ProCurve ONE Services zl Module. The Ekahau RTLS offering is supported by the Ekahau Site Survey (ESS) software toolset, which enables a fast and methodical deployment of enterprise- or campus-wide RTLS systems without the need to install vendor specific or proprietary hardware or chokepoints, as well as a wide variety of tags designed to meet individual users' needs.
"Our customers need a way to adapt to the increased speed of business technology change," said Marius Haas, senior vice president and general manager, HP ProCurve. "The HP ProCurve ONE program allows alliance partners to develop applications with HP ProCurve infrastructure to help customers address those challenges quickly and cost-effectively."
The standard version of Ekahau RTLS, which works over any generation of Wi-Fi network, is currently available and being used in the healthcare, manufacturing and many other industries around the world to track critical assets, inventory and key employees, as well as patients and visitors to healthcare institutions. Ekahau RTLS for the HP ProCurve ONE Services zl Module will be available in the first half of 2009.
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.