RESTON, Virginia, June 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --
Ekahau, the worldwide leader in high performance Wi-Fi-based Real Time Location Systems (RTLS), today announced that, in conjunction with Nordic ID, it has developed a solution for adding location information to passive RFID and barcode labels. The Ekahau-Nordic ID solution is used to track low-cost assets like surgical implements, drug supplies, and other inventory.
Since 2002, Ekahau's RTLS technology has enabled users to track any assets in real-time throughout a hospital campuses using active Wi-Fi tags. Now, working with Nordic ID, Ekahau's RTLS is also capable of tracking passive RFID and barcode labels, as well as managing, storing and viewing assets and their respective location history in the same database.
The combined Ekahau-Nordic ID solution consists of Ekahau RTLS software and Nordic ID Merlin and Morphic mobile computers (handheld RFID and barcode scanners). The scanner's location is determined via RTLS and then associated with RFID/barcode information on the asset being scanned. The location and asset information can then be viewed and managed with the Ekahau Vision business logic and analytics software, which lets users see asset locations on a real-time map , generate asset reports and audit trails, and alert users if any items are low or in the wrong location.
Arttu Huhtiniemi, Vice President of Product Management at Ekahau explained: "Previously there were two primary ways to keep track of RFID and barcode assets: the first was to manually input the loc