Ekahau's First Quarter Results Predict Rapid Growth for the Real Time Location System Market in 2012
Increasing demand from the healthcare market, to improve the healthcare industry's operational efficiencies and safety lead Ekahau's growth as the leading Wi-Fi RTLS vendor
24 Apr, 2012, 09:00 ET
RESTON, Virginia, April 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
Ekahau, the worldwide leader in high performance Wi-Fi-based Real Time Location Systems (RTLS), today announced that its first quarter 2012 RTLS business doubled compared to the previous year. Ekahau's flagship RTLS asset tracking solution is sold in over 40 countries around the world. During the first quarter of 2012, the company added 27 major enterprise-wide RTLS customers, while over the last 12 month period the company provided solutions to over 800 small and large enterprise customers worldwide. The Ekahau Site Survey family of Wi-Fi tools had the best quarter since the product was launched in 2003.
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"Our first quarter sales numbers exceeded all of our financial targets and presents a spectacular kick-off for the rest of the year," said Antti Korhonen, President and CEO of Ekahau. "The entire Ekahau team and I are very proud of this accomplishment. This performance by Ekahau clearly shows that the shift in the RTLS market is clearly towards Wi-Fi-based solutions."
A key business driver for Ekahau's growth has been the rapid adoption of RTLS by the healthcare industry. In the past year more hospitals have recognized the value of the RTLS in improving their operational efficiencies as well as staff and patient safety. Ekahau's customers typically achieve a 200% ROI over the first 12 month period. Since the Ekahau system does not require an enterprise-wide build-out of RTLS infrastructure to achieve broad coverage and precise sub-room location, Ekahau customers can begin generating a return on investment within weeks of signing a contract.
Ekahau RTLS is also gaining momentum due to its patented algorithms and its unique ability to use both Wi-Fi and Infrared signals in enabling a multitude of clinical applications, from enterprise-wide asset visibility to bed-level patient flow process monitoring. Hospitals often begin by installing an RTLS system for tracking and managing their assets and subsequently add applications such as staff duress, patient flow and environmental monitoring.
The healthcare industry is increasingly adding Wi-Fi capabilities to patient care equipment. Ekahau RTLS is capable of leveraging this built-in capability for tracking those assets providing customers an option to track their assets without having to use an RTLS tag. Ekahau also has partnerships in place today to track a wide variety of enterprise devices such as laptops, tablet computers, RFID and barcode scanners as well as Android devices and enterprise wireless telephony handsets.
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, CA; Helsinki, Finland; Tokyo; and Hong Kong. For more information about Ekahau, please visit http://www.ekahau.com.
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