Ekahau Real-Time Tracking Increases Safety for Tunnel Workers Underground

By Ekahau Inc., PRNE
Monday, November 30, 2009

Spanish Construction Companies FCC and ACCIONA Implement Employee Tracking Solution for Tunnel Workers' Safety, With Ekahau's T301BD Wireless LAN Staff Badge and Pager

RESTON, Virginia, December 1 - Ekahau Inc., the worldwide leader in High Performance Wi-Fi-based Real
Time Location Systems (RTLS), today announced that together with its Spanish
integration partner, BAUTEL Comunicaciones S.L. (www.bautel.com), it
has successfully implemented a solution to track workers in underground
tunnel projects as a joint venture with the construction companies FCC
(Fomento de Construcciones Y Contratas, S.A.) and ACCIONA S.A.. The
implementation is based on the Ekahau Wi-Fi RTLS solution that provides
real-time location information on the whereabouts of people and assets
anywhere within a sites Wi-Fi network coverage area, using the existing
enterprise Wi-Fi network as the infrastructure platform.

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"This was the first deployment we have done using Ekahau's new T301BD
badge." comments Mr Fernando Carnicero, Manager at Bautel Comunicaciones
S.L.. "Ekahau is an ideal solution for this purpose, as it provides both the
real-time location of the worker in case of an emergency, but also two-way
communication with the workers in the tunnel, through the badge's text
messaging capability. This has a very clear value to the construction company
to increase the safety of its employees, as the construction site is
operational 24/7 in 3 work shifts."

The current implementation is operational in the Vigo, Galicia,
construction project, where FCC - ACCIONA is excavating 2 tunnels both 8
kilometers (5 miles) in length. The Wi-Fi network is installed in the tunnels
using fiber optic cabling for data, voice and tracking purposes. As the
workers enter the tunnel in the beginning of their shift, they check in their
ID cards for an Ekahau wireless T301BD safety badge. In case of an emergency,
management is immediately alerted with the last known location of each worker
in the tunnel. The solution also enables workers to call for help by pulling
the emergency switch on the badge itself. Once the switch is pulled, safety
personnel and management receive the help request with the location
information of the incident.

"We have seen an increasing demand for personnel safety applications in
several industries." comments Mr Arttu Huhtiniemi, Ekahau VP Product
Management. "This Spanish tunnel work site is an excellent example of the
value Ekahau's technology can provide in safeguarding the day to day well
being of individual workers in these types of environments. Unlike other
similar active RFID solutions, Ekahau uses the existing Wi-Fi network as the
infrastructure, so the customer only needs to deploy Ekahau software and
tags, which makes the deployment very fast and cost effective. In addition,
the system provides a full 2-way communication capability for workers through
text messaging over Wi-Fi, which is not available from any other RTLS

Ekahau RTLS for tunnel and mine construction projects include the T301BD
wireless badge for workers, the Ekahau Positioning Engine (EPE) server, and
Ekahau Vision, a browser based application for business rules, event
processing and alarming through and intuitive set of list-based and
geographical location and status information displays. Ekahau RTLS is
available today through Ekahau and its resellers worldwide.

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,
. For more information about Ekahau, please visit at


BAUTEL is one of the world's leading companies in communications systems
in underground environments, specially in tunnel construction using Tunnel
Boring Machines (TBM). The perfect adaptation of the BAUTEL solutions to the
demanding and complex environment in which the TBMs reach distances of more
than 15km from the surface has earned the confidence of construction
companies, that have implemented the system in more tha n 100Km of tunnels.
BAUTEL also offers customized telecommunications solutions in mining
environments, industrial plants and countryside areas. For more information
about BAUTEL, please visit at www.bautel.com.

(c) Copyright 2009, Ekahau, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

    Media Contact:

    Annina Pierson
    Marketing Director, Ekahau

    Fernando Carnicero
    Director Técnico
    Tel +34-987-970-075

Media Contact: Annina Pierson, Marketing Director, Ekahau, +358-20-743-5910, annina.pierson(at)ekahau.com; Fernando Carnicero, Director Técnico, BAUTEL COMUNICACIONES, Tel +34-987-970-075, fernando.carnicero(at)bautel.com

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