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Airista Acquires Ekahau's RTLS Division

The company intends to continue offering existing Ekahau Wi-Fi-based tags and real-time location system software, and will collaborate with Ekahau's engineers on future products.
By Claire Swedberg
Mar 04, 2016

Wi-Fi location services company Airista Flow, a real-time location system (RTLS) technology division of Airista, has purchased Ekahau's RTLS U.S. and International divisions, based in Reston, Va., and Helsinki, Finland. The acquisition closed on March 2.

Ekahau's other division, Ekahau Site Survey (ESS)—which sells Wi-Fi design tools for site surveys, including spectrum analyzers and Wi-Fi signal-mappers—will continue to operate independently, and will keep selling its line of non-RTLS Wi-Fi-based products, says Emily Nardone, Ekahau ESS' product marketing director.

Emily Nardone, Ekahau ESS' product marketing director
According to Nardone, Airista Flow, headquartered in Sparks, Md., intends to retain the Ekahau brand, as well as offer existing Ekahau Wi-Fi RTLS products and collaborate with Ekahau ESS' engineers on future solutions that could blend a variety of RTLS-based technologies. "As time goes on, we will work to develop technologies together," she says, noting that for the time being, Ekahau RTLS' offices in Virginia and Finland will continue to operate at their existing locations.

Michel Wendell, Ekahau ESS' chairman and CEO
Ekahau RTLS offers Wi-Fi-based tracking solutions for assets and staff safety. The majority of such systems are used in the health-care market, though they have also been adopted by public school districts and colleges, and, in at least one instance, on a cruise ship.

Airista makes asset- and personnel-tracking solutions employing passive, active and semi-active RFID technology, as well as RTLS solutions and GPS, for the health-care, oil and gas, logistics, assisted-living and other sectors.

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