Ekahau's RTLS Solutions Improve Location Awareness

By Michael Guta May 03, 2013

Real-Time Location Systems (RTLS) provide solutions for many different scenarios. Whether it is keeping track of assets in an organization or finding individuals during emergency, wearable Wi-Fi badges can provide instant location. Giving emergency workers, first responders and security personnel, as well as anyone entering the premises of an organization a Wi-Fi badge provides multiple levels of security and protection.

The two-way location aware messaging and safety alerting solution from Ekahau has an improved emergency response time by enabling responders to access the exact location of the badge through a badge display, text messages, e-mail or pop-up messages on the screen.

The Ekahau Vision software provides solutions that can be configured to offer different levels of tracking and locating options. The Forensics Replay feature gives administrators the ability to retrace steps of badge holders and go over the individual's actions for post-emergency reviews. This type of information can be used not only to improve emergency procedures, but also to provide evidence of the whereabouts of individuals during certain situations.

This system has a two-way messaging capability that lets the wearer of the badge use a pull down switch to alert other individuals wearing badges of an emergency. When the emergency switch is activated, the location is activated on the badge with LEDs. Additionally an e-mail or pop-up messages on user computer screens and mobile devices is displayed with the exact location of the activated badge.

"We've had a 77 percent increase in badge tag customers since 2011, demonstrating that security and life safety are top priorities for our healthcare and education customers. Having the ability to escalate communications and view movement history following an emergency helps managers prevent injuries," said Mark Norris, president and CEO of Ekahau.

An RTLS can be used in education, healthcare and behavioral health, law enforcement and corrections and industrial solutions. By configuring the system to offer escalation, man-down alerts, help acknowledgments, motion sensing alarms and automated mustering reminders, it is possible to prepare for almost all emergency situations.

Ekahau has 12 patents filed in this technology and is supported with major partners around the world including Cisco, HP, Siemens and others. The company has more than 1400 RTLS system deployed around the world with more than 10,000 users.

Edited by Alisen Downey

IoTevolutionworld Contributing Writer

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