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Cisco Tracks WLAN Clients

A new appliance from Cisco Systems that tracks the location of Wi-Fi clients within a network will spur dramatic growth in the already fast-growing wireless space, solution providers said.

"This is where wireless gets hot," said Larry Hart, director of strategic accounts at Global CTI Group, a solution provider in Bakersfield, Calif. "With this, there is hard ROI we can walk into clients with and show them how a wireless network can save them money."

Unveiled at the Interop conference in Las Vegas last week, Cisco's Wireless Location Appliance 2700 tracks up to 1,500 Wi-Fi clients within a company's WLAN, said Ann Sun, senior manager of wireless mobility solutions at Cisco, San Jose, Calif. The appliance hones in on the location of devices accessing the network with Wi-Fi clients as well as those tagged with active RFID stickers, Sun said.

Brian Gilbert, CEO of NeTeam, a Cisco partner in Akron, Ohio, said the device should gain immediate traction in the health-care field. "Our primary customer base is hospitals, and in a hospital there are expensive assets floating around all the time," he said. "To give them the ability to track assets such as crash carts and infusion pumps, both to avoid loss and to locate them quickly in an emergency, is very cool. We can't wait to get our hands on this."

Gilbert, too, said the new appliance answers the wireless ROI question. "I'm a mobility specialist, and it's always been hard to prove the ROI of a wireless deployment," he said. "This does it. This one appliance adds tremendous value for customers that have already deployed wireless."

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