The Westküstenklinikum Heide Hospital Deploys Ekahau’s Wi-Fi Badges for Staff Safety and Tags for Asset Tracking

By Ekahau Inc., PRNE
Monday, June 13, 2011

RESTON, Virginia, June 14, 2011 -

Ekahau Inc., the world’s leading provider of high-performance
Wi-Fi based real-time locating systems (RTLS) and tools, announced
today that German hospital Westküstenklinikum Heide (WKK) is using
Ekahau technology to assure the safety of its psychiatric- and
night-duty staff, and to track the locations of wheelchairs. WKK
Heide ranks among northern Germany’s largest and most modern
clinics with a total capacity of 800 beds and a staff of
approximately 2,200 individuals.

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Ekahau’s T301BD pager badges are worn by psychiatric and
night-duty staff, who can use their badges to trigger an alarm in
an emergency situation. When an alarm is sent, the href="">
Ekahau Wi-Fi badges use the hospital’s existing WLAN network to
identify both the sender’s identity and the sender’s exact

In addition, Ekahau’s T301 asset tags are used for logistics
management to locate available wheelchairs throughout the vast WKK
Heide hospital. “We repeatedly experienced shortages of urgently
needed wheelchairs, so we sought a simple solution to the problem,”
says Humayaun Kabir, CIO of the WKK Heide. Ekahau’s tags convinced
us because they’re easy to integrate into our Wi-Fi network, and
now we always know exactly where critical assets are located.” The
Ekahau tags automatically send a signal whenever a wheelchair
leaves its assigned territory-so that it can be retrieved
immediately — and hospital personnel can also analyze historical
usage patterns so that assets can be deployed where they are
typically needed most.

“Our Ekahau badges and tags provide the WKK Heide with an
efficient security and locating system,” explains Dirk Lenz,
Regional Director Central and Eastern Europe at Ekahau. “This
hospital is a very modern facility and its administrators are
always interested in new possibilities for href="">
optimizing safety and resources. We’re pleased that our
technology is contributing toward improving the hospital’s

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="">

Ekahau Media Contacts: Juliet Travis, Rocket Science PR, for Ekahau, +1-415-464-8110 x 215, juliet(at) Annina Pierson, Marketing Director, Ekahau, +358-20-743-5913, annina.pierson(at)

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