Ekahau Embeds RTLS in Nordic ID RFID Readers to Add Location Tracking to Passive RFID Tags and Barcode

By Ekahau Inc., PRNE
Wednesday, June 22, 2011

RESTON, Virginia, June 23, 2011 -


With the Ekahau-Nordic ID RTLS
Application you can Walk into a Room and Press a Button on the
Reader to Audit and put your Assets in the Database and on the

Ekahau, the worldwide leader in href="www.ekahau.com/products/real-time-location-system/overview.html">
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.

     (Logo:  href="www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090513/347052">www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090513/347052 )

Since 2002, Ekahau’s RTLS technology has enabled users to track
any assets in real-time throughout a hospital campuses using active
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

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
location on a piece of paper or database - which is
resource-intensive and is prone to human error. The second
alternative, only available for RFID, has been to install costly
reader gates throughout the facility. The Ekahau-Nordic ID solution
changes the game without installing any additional hardware. All
you need is Ekahau software and Nordic ID handheld scanners. With
those, you can walk into a room and press a button on the scanner
to audit and put your assets in the database and on the map.”

Teemu Ainasoja, CEO at Nordic ID, Inc. said: “We are excited to
work with Ekahau to bring more convenience to tracking RFID and
barcode assets. For example, our newest RFID scanner, the Nordic ID
Morphic, is known for its extremely small size, light weight, ease
of use, and affordable price point, in combination with Ekahau
RTLS, makes it ideal for everyday use in hospitals, logistics,
retail, manufacturing and warehousing.”

The Ekahau-Nordic ID solution is available today from Ekahau and
its distribution partners. For more information, please visit href="www.ekahau.com/passive">www.ekahau.com/passive.

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
300 hospitals around the world, as well as by manufacturing, retail
and industrial 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 headquarters in Reston, Va., and other offices in
Saratoga, Calif.; Helsinki, Finland; Tokyo; and Hong Kong. For more
information about Ekahau, please visit href="www.ekahau.com/">www.ekahau.com.

About Nordic ID

Nordic ID provides mobile computers for professional use
enabling customers to improve their inventory management, customer
service, communication and supply chain control. Nordic ID has
over 10 years of experience in RFID and satisfied RFID customers in
the apparel industry, for example Gerry Weber and its

The Nordic ID Merlin and the Nordic ID Morphic are registered
trademarks of Nordic ID. Nordic ID excels in device integration and
therefore the product families cover multiple variations in terms
of communication (WLAN, GPRS, Bluetooth, USB and Ethernet) and data
collection (1/2D barcodes, UHF RFID and in the Nordic ID Merlin
also HF RFID).

For more information, please visit: href="www.nordicid.com/">www.nordicid.com

Ekahau Media Contacts: Juliet Travis, Rocket Science PR, for Ekahau, +1-415-464-8110 x 215, juliet at rocketscience.com; Annina Pierson, Marketing Director, Ekahau, +358-20-743-5910, annina.pierson at Ekahau.com; Nordic ID Media Contact: Mirva Saarijärvi, Marketing Manager, Nordic ID, +358-40-520-4115, mirva.saarijarvi at nordicid.com.

will not be displayed