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MapInfo Working with Ekahau to Deliver End-to-End Wi-Fi Solution
 
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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.

About MapInfo

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 www.mapinfo.com.

About Ekahau

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


 
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