Ekahau, Socket Mobile Optimize Wi-Fi for Health Care, Hospitality

By Tara Seals Comments

Deploying Wi-Fi-based m-health and hotel solutions is increasingly mainstream, but that doesn’t make such enterprise apps any easier to manage. Socket Mobile Inc., which sells such mobile productivity solutions, has tapped Ekahau Inc. to address the issue, with a goal of improving Wi-Fi connectivity and device tracking with greater location accuracy.

"Different wireless end-user devices behave differently because of their varying Wi-Fi chipsets and antenna designs. We're happy to be able to provide Socket customers with tools and professional network services that ensure a successful and optimized deployment," said Bill Spahr, vice president of Professional Services at Ekahau.

The solutions are point offerings: Wi-Fi network planning and optimization specialist Ekahau’s Site Survey (ESS) software gives Socket customers in health care and hospitality the ability to detect, analyze and correct network-related issues, ensuring optimal onsite performance of Socket’s SoMo 650 handheld computers, as well as other Wi-Fi devices on their network. Ekahau Site Survey is a visual toolkit for deploying and maintaining high performance 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi networks being used for VoIP, video, location tracking, Web browsing or high-speed data. IT managers and wireless professionals have the ability to correct a number of network problems, including fixing broken or misconfigured access points, finding undetected rogue access points, detecting missing SSIDs and security settings, identifying and minimizing signal leakage and discovering coverage holes. In addition, ESS makes in-depth network analysis easy with accurate, color-coded heat maps that identify signal strength, data rate, packet loss roaming, overlap and various other characteristics.

The Ekahau Real Time Location System (RTLS) meanwhile provides users, supervisors and IT departments the ability to accurately track deployed Wi-Fi enabled SoMo 650 handheld computers, protecting their investment by increasing efficiency and maximizing device utilization.

"We want SoMo 650 users to experience seamless mobility within their working environment," said Dave Bledsoe, senior product manager, handheld computing products at Socket Mobile. "Health care and hospitality providers need to be able to focus 100 percent on their customers, and to do that it's important that they have a properly configured Wi-Fi network ensuring their infrastructure and devices coexist and operate at their full potential."

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