SOURCE: Socket Mobile, Inc.

Socket Mobile, Inc.

January 24, 2011 06:30 ET

Ekahau and Socket Mobile Team to Optimize Mobile Computing Performance and Device Tracking for Wi-Fi Deployments in Healthcare and Hospitality

Optimizations Translate Into Higher-Quality Wi-Fi Connectivity, Greater Location Accuracy

NEWARK, CA--(Marketwire - January 24, 2011) - Socket Mobile, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCKT), an innovative provider of mobile productivity solutions, today announced a partnership with Ekahau, Inc., a worldwide leader in high performance Wi-Fi-based Real Time Location Systems (RTLS) and Wi-Fi network planning and optimization tools. Ekahau Site Survey (ESS) software gives Socket customers in healthcare and hospitality the ability to detect, analyze and correct network-related issues, ensuring optimal onsite performance of their SoMo 650 handheld computers, as well as other Wi-Fi devices on their network. Ekahau Real Time Location System (RTLS) 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.

Ekahau Site Survey is a visual and easy-to-use 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.

"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.

"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. "Healthcare 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."

For more information about Ekahau Site Survey, visit the ESS Web site or watch the ESS product video.

About Ekahau, Inc.
Ekahau Inc. is the industry leader in providing Wi-Fi-based RTLS solutions. Ekahau's customers, including several Fortune 500 companies worldwide, are realizing the benefits of Wi-Fi based location services and innovative Wi-Fi network planning and optimization tools. Ekahau's solutions are being used in more than 300 hospitals around the world, as well as by manufacturing, retail and industrial companies, government agencies and the military. Ekahau partners include wireless software developers, leading system integrators and international OEM partners, who develop and market wireless enterprise applications. Ekahau is a U.S.-based corporation, with headquarters in Reston, Va., and other offices in Saratoga, Calif.; Helsinki, Finland; Tokyo; and Hong Kong. For more information about Ekahau, please visit www.ekahau.com.

About Socket Mobile, Inc. 
With more than 18 years of experience in the Automatic Identification and Data Capture market, Socket makes mobile computing and productivity work. The company offers a family of handheld computers and an extensive portfolio of AIDC peripherals designed specifically for business mobility deployments and to enable productivity increases and drive operational efficiencies in healthcare, hospitality and other vertical markets. The company also offers OEM solutions for the mobile device market. Socket is headquartered in Newark, Calif. and can be reached at 510-933-3000 or www.socketmobile.com.

Socket and SoMo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Socket Mobile. All other trademarks and trade names contained herein may be those of their respective owners.

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