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CSSS of St. Jerome Deploys Ekahau RTLS to Improve Patient and Staff Safety

April 20, 2010

RESTON, Virginia, April 20, 2010 /PRNewswire/ –

Ekahau Inc., the performance leader in Wi-Fi-based Real Time Location
Systems (RTLS), today announced that the Centre de sante et services sociaux
(CSSS) de St-Jerome (the St-Jerome health and social services centre), a
405-bed multidisciplinary hospital in Quebec, Canada, is utilizing Ekahau
RTLS to improve patient and staff safety. Ekahau is proud to work with ICT
solution provider and system integrator Bell Canada to deliver an innovative
solution that enables faster response times when patients or staff need
assistance. It works by pinpointing their location using the Ekahau T301BD
pager tags worn by hospital staff in the hospital’s mental health facility.

The Ekahau tags are part of the Ekahau RTLS solution, an enterprise-grade
location tracking platform used today by many leading hospitals around the
world. Ekahau RTLS leverages a hospital’s existing Wi-Fi network to locate
small battery-powered tags anywhere within the footprint of the network
within a matter of seconds.

“At the CSSS de St-Jerome, we have a strong belief that cutting-edge
technologies can help us improve patient and staff care, increase efficiency
and ensure the safety of everyone at our facilities, and we are continuing to
seek innovations to support these goals,” said Sylvain Leclerc, coordinator
of IT services and telecommunications at the CSSS de St-Jerome. “Our ICT
solution provider and system integrator Bell Canada found the right
technology to meet our requirements through Ekahau. The Ekahau RTLS and its
badge tags, which offer two-way communications, are an ideal fit for our
innovation strategy, allowing us to leverage our existing Wi-Fi network for
advanced location tracking applications.”

Ekahau RTLS is the only Wi-Fi-based location tracking solution that can
operate over any Wi-Fi network, regardless of brand or generation. Because it
is standards-based, Ekahau RTLS can be quickly deployed in a matter of days
or weeks, eliminating the expense and time required by other systems to
install readers, cabling, choke points and exciters. Ekahau RTLS provides the
best accuracy in the industry, enabling users to pinpoint location down to
the sub-room level.

The Ekahau T301BD Wi-Fi pager tags are capable of supporting two-way
communications, enabling users to send and receive text messages. The units
also include a dedicated button, which can be triggered in the event of an
emergency, to alert staff of the situation and to show them where it is
happening.

“Patient and staff safety is a challenge for the healthcare industry that
can be addressed with leading-edge technology, such as RTLS,” said Bernard
Barbeau
, healthcare sales director for Bell Business Markets. “Our
partnership with Ekahau allows us to deliver a truly innovative and reliable
enterprise-grade RTLS solution to Bell healthcare customers such as
St-Jerome.”

The Ekahau RTLS system installed at the CSSS de St-Jerome is used by
hospital employees to call for help in emergency situations, such as “code
white” situations in which a staff member is in danger. Once an individual
pulls on the panic switch on the tag, the tag signals an alert through the
wireless network to an Ekahau server that calculates the location of the
alert and broadcasts it to the other team members through text messaging, and
to other systems and devices in the hospital.

“We are pleased to be working with Bell Canada for the CSSS de St-Jerome
on an application that enhances patient care and provides for greater staff
safety throughout the entire facility,” said Tuomo Rutanen, senior vice
president of Worldwide Marketing and Business Development for Ekahau.
“Ekahau’s tags and superior location accuracy combine to deliver a
state-of-the-art safety solution for health care facilities around the world.”

About Bell

Bell is Canada’s largest communications company, providing consumers and
business with solutions to all their communications needs, including Bell
Mobility wireless, high-speed Bell Internet, Bell TV direct-to-home satellite
television, Bell Home phone local and long distance, and IP-broadband and
information and communications technology (ICT) services. Bell is proud to be
a Premier National Partner and the Exclusive Telecommunications Partner to
the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

Bell is wholly owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE). For information on
Bell’s products and services, please visit http://www.bell.ca. For corporate
information on BCE, please visit http://www.bce.ca.

About the CSSS de St. Jerome

The CSSS de St-Jerome has three missions: operating as a hospital,
providing geriatric care and delivering needed community services. The
organization provides services to a population of 125,000 individuals. The
405-bed hospital includes 85 beds that are reserved for in-patient mental
health care. For more information, please visit http://www.cdsj.org.

About Ekahau Inc.

Ekahau Inc. is the industry leader in providing Wi-Fi-based RTLS
solutions. Ekahau’s RTLS technology is routinely recognized for its superior
performance in customer benchmarking and competitive evaluations of
Wi-Fi-based location tracking 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 several hundred
hospitals around the world, as well as by manufacturers, mining/oil/gas
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 offices in Saratoga, Calif.; Reston, Va.;
Helsinki, Finland; and Hong Kong, China. For more information about Ekahau,
please visit http://www.ekahau.com.

    (c) Copyright 2010, Ekahau, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

    Media Contacts:

    Juliet Travis
    Rocket Science PR/Ekahau
    +1-415-464-8110 x 215
    juliet@rocketscience.com

    Sylvain Leclerc
    CSSS de St-Jerome
    +1-450-431-8200 x 2663
    sylvain.leclerc@cdsj.org

    Julie Smithers
    Bell Media Relations
    +1-416-528-9409
    Julie.smithers@bell.ca

SOURCE Ekahau Inc.


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