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Navizon's Cloud-based RTLS Service Tracks Wi-Fi Tags, Devices

The company's I.T.S. solution is designed to help users monitor the locations of people and assets indoors, via nodes that read Wi-Fi transmissions from smartphones, laptops and RFID tags.
By Claire Swedberg
The system is presently being trialed by several companies globally that have asked to remain unnamed, Houri says. One end user, a casino, is attaching Redpine tags to containers of cash. In that way, the casino knows the locations of cash-filled suitcases in real time. In another case, a mall is monitoring the movements of shoppers. Other potential users include an apartment-building manager who could use the system to detect the presence of unauthorized Wi-Fi devices in use within the premises. Malls could also utilize the solution to track which areas experience the greatest traffic from shoppers, as well as which are underutilized. Additionally, conference managers could install the system to determine the popularity of specific booths, as well as track traffic flows and bottlenecks.

Until next week, Navizon is charging $60 for the purchase of each node, plus a monthly fee of $250 per site and $25 per node to access the cloud-based service. Houri expects that price to rise once the introductory period ends next week, but says the company's goal is to continue offering the service for less than $1,000 per month for most deployments.

End users continue to develop new use cases for the technology, Houri says. "Each phone call that comes in generates new ways to use the system," he states.

The technology also would work with a user's existing Wi-Fi nodes, Houri says, such as a Cisco Systems network. He notes, however, that Navizon's reader nodes, specifically designed for location purposes, provide greater accuracy, with location granularity of within about 10 feet.

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