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Saratoga, CA, June 3rd 2003 - Ekahau has announced joint marketing and
development agreement with MapInfo Corporation (Nasdaq: MAPS), to
deliver a complete, end-to-end Wi-Fi location management solution.
MapInfo offers the ability to accurately map and visualize WLAN networks
that are near a given customer, near existing serving facilities or for
planned build-out of Wireless LANs tied to existing enterprise networks.
Through a combination of accurate street level data, wireless
infrastructure data and spatial architecture MapInfo provides the
foundation in which WLAN network providers can understand "where" their
networks are, "what" is tied to their networks, and provides them the
"how" to better plan and manage their networks.
MapInfo and Ekahau, together with Bridgewater Systems, out of Ontario,
Canada, will demonstrate their combined Wi-Fi solutions and plans at
MapInfo's booth (#20747) at SUPERCOMM, June 1-5, at the Georgia World
Conference Center. Through this partnership, MapInfo plans to offer a
full range of custom solutions and supporting architecture to enhance
the planning, engineering, operations and customer care of Wi-Fi Hot
Spots (the public location where users can remotely connect to the
Internet through a Wi-Fi network) and Enterprise Wireless LANs (WLAN).
"Wi-Fi presents a significant market opportunity for MapInfo. As with
any network, Wi-Fi networks require site selection, network expansion,
maintenance and customer care," said Lonnie Floyd, strategic industry
director, communications, at MapInfo. "We are excited to be working with
Ekahau and Bridgewater Systems, as our solutions will allow service
providers to visualize their networks, or the networks they're managing
for their customer, select optimal sites for access points, maximize
revenues through smart network planning, and reduce customer churn by
ensuring customer satisfaction."
There are numerous instances where a network provider of managed
enterprise services could use these solutions to manage their network.
For example, a service provider for a large enterprise could use these
Wi-Fi solutions to determine how to configure access points and
dynamically manage them on an ongoing basis. Visualizing the wireless
LAN on a map, the operator or manager could easily determine how many
access points would be necessary to cover a specific floor or area.
"Ekahau has one of the first location-based site survey tools, having
the capability to deliver visual detail and data about the network
performance and RF properties within the WLAN site location. The Ekahau
Site Survey(tm) software combined with MapInfo's technology offers
customers a unique tool to remotely analyze and manage the Wi-Fi network
at the site level," said Lare Lekman, CTO, Ekahau Inc.
MapInfo Corporation is a global software company that integrates
software, data and services to help customers realize greater value from
location-based information and drive more insightful decisions. MapInfo
solutions are available in 20 languages through a network of strategic
partners and distribution channels in 60 countries. Headquartered in
Troy, NY, MapInfo Corporation is on the World Wide Web at
Ekahau, Inc. is a leader in location-enabling Wi-Fi network planning and
engineering, using Ekahau Positioning Engine(tm) and the Ekahau Site
Survey(tm) software for accurate site-level information. Tracked devices
can be PDAs, tablet PC's, laptops, and Wi-Fi phones other 802.11 enabled
wireless devices. Free evaluation versions of the Ekahau products are
available at http://www.ekahau.com/forum/application.html. For more
information about Ekahau, please visit www.ekahau.com