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NEC RTLS-enables Its DECT Handsets
The company's Unified Solutions division is installing Ekahau software into its DECT phones, so that companies, schools and hospitals can locate their handsets in real time.
May 03, 2010—NEC Unified Solutions, a division of NEC Corp. providing business telecommunications solutions, has begun integrating real-time locating system (RTLS) software from Ekahau to provide NEC's IP Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications (DECT) mobile phones with location-tracking capabilities. With the new technology, if an individual carrying a DECT handset has an emergency, or if management needs to locate a worker who has such a device, Ekahau software can pinpoint its location. The system (which will be sold by NEC) includes a DECT handset and DECT wireless access points to receive telephony signals, as well as Ekahau's software that identifies a handset's location based on the strength of its signal as received by the access points. The system is commercially available now in European markets, says Robert van Amerongen, NEC Unified Solutions' manager of marketing communications.
DECT is a telecommunications standard commonly used in Europe, as well as in parts of Asia, Australia and South America. The standard enables communication between a portable unit, such as a cordless phone, and fixed receivers, using a segment of the 1880 MHz to 1930 MHz frequency band, depending on the region of the world in which the system is used. Businesses, universities and hospitals often utilize the standard to provide a voice communication network with mobile phones among their staff, similarly to how North American companies often use Wi-Fi for voice over IP (VoIP).
NEC's RTLS-enabled DECT system comes with Ekahau software built into the handset, NEC's IP DECT version 5.0 software, and NEC AP200 or AP300 Series access points to capture voice calls from the handsets. A server hosted by Ekahau receives data from the handset, and the Ekahau Positioning Engine V 4.6 software, running on that server, determines its location and issues related alerts to the users.
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