Companies Announce GPS/Wi-Fi Collaboration

Ekahau Inc. has announced that its Wi-Fi location tracking software is being integrated into GPS receivers designed by NavSync Ltd. to enable customers to continuously track asset in indoor and outdoor environments.

Wi-Fi–enabled GPS tag combines NavSync’s NavTrac GPS module with Ekahau’s location protocol. The NavTrac module incorporates the CW85 16-channel GPS receiver/802.11b/g transmitter combination.

Ekahau Inc. has announced that its Wi-Fi location tracking software is being integrated into GPS receivers designed by NavSync Ltd. to enable customers to continuously track asset in indoor and outdoor environments.

Wi-Fi–enabled GPS tag combines NavSync’s NavTrac GPS module with Ekahau’s location protocol. The NavTrac module incorporates the CW85 16-channel GPS receiver/802.11b/g transmitter combination.

The Ekahau-enabled NavTrac Wi-Fi-enabled GPS receivers will be available from NavSync and Ekahau in the third quarter 2009.

Ekahau location protocol is available free of charge as part of the “Located by Ekahau” program, which enables adding positioning to Wi-Fi-compliant devices. In order to begin tracking those devices, users need to deploy the Ekahau Positioning Engine (EPE) server software, which can be installed centrally or remotely to support several customer sites over IP networks from a single server location.

According to the companies, the Ekahau-enabled NavTrac Wi-Fi GPS tag is the first solution available in the market that will operate with GPS satellites and any brand or version of standard Wi-Fi network.

Location information from the tags can be integrated into a variety of enterprise applications using National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) GPS standard protocols, as well as Ekahau’s HTTP/XML application programming interface.

Ekahau is a U.S.-based corporation, with offices in Saratoga, California, and Reston, Virginia, as well as in Finland, Hong Kong, and Japan. NavSync is a division of the Connor-Winfield Corporation, a privately held, U.S.-based electronics product manufacturer headquartered in Aurora, Illinois.

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