Ekhau teams up with Wi-Fi leader

The Ekahau technology allows terminals that connect using Wi-Fi to be located to within about a metre

Wi-Fi location-based software company Ekahau has signed an agreement to work with Symbol Technologies, a leading provider of WLAN equipment and chipsets.

Symbol joins Ekahau partners including Accenture, Agere, HP and Telia.

The Ekahau technology allows terminals that connect using a wireless 802.11b WLAN network -- also known as Wi-Fi -- to be located to within about a metre. Potential markets include retail, healthcare and manufacturing and logistics, for example working out when an employee is in a particular aisle and nearby an item.

Symbol is currently piloting the software, first developed by a team at University of Helsinki, and is planning to release location-based applications later this year.


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