AppLocation Partners with RFind to Add Wireless Mobility to Affordable RTLS

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AppLocation Systems is partnering with RFind, the manufacturer of an affordable patent pending RFID real time locating system (RTLS) to deliver the data on wireless handheld devices and directly to ERP systems. AppLocation specializes in location based services or LBS. Their MOBILEFusion platform is a carrier grade platform that enables location sensitive solutions linking telco networks to ERP applications such as inventory, billing and order entry. This partnership demonstrates a trend toward the convergence of RFID, RTLS, GPS and LBS.

AppLocation Systems Inc. President Gary Hartwig announced the immediate availability of RFind's tag to tag real time locating system (RTLS) on the MOBILEFusion™ Asset Tracking Logistics Platform enabling companies to deploy location data directly into their Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems from wireless handheld devices. MOBILEFusion is a carrier grade platform that enables location sensitive solutions linking telco networks to ERP applications such as inventory, billing and order entry.

"Adding affordable RTLS to our product offering is a benefit for our clients and makes sense from an integration perspective. The convergence of RFID, GPS and LBS requires our next generation platform to integrate wireless location sensitive applications across business units and enable cradle to grave supply chain visibility," says Hartwig. "We provide the plug and play interface with telco systems so clients can focus on running their business,"

He went on to say, "We achieve 1 meter accuracy using GPS in our yard management implementations with a technology that has an inherent 10 meter accuracy. RFind's RTLS product has the ability to perform well in bounded yards that do not require wide area coverage or inside where GPS doesn't work. We are optimistic that the dramatic price differentiator of the RFind tag to tag RTLS solution compared to other technologies combined with its accuracy and flexibility will fuel its adoption in more yard and locating applications."

RFind CEO, Sharon Barnes commented, "We are pleased to have AppLocation Systems on board as a partner. Their expertise with mobile tracking and specialized knowledge in the location based services and carrier network field augments our client offering."

AppLocation President Hartwig concludes, "Operations and logistics managers tell us they need to use every tool available to remain competitive due to increasing customer expectations. RFind's Expeditor 2D RTLS system and AppLocation's carrier grade MOBILEFusion™ platform logically integrate asset tracking as part of the logistics and supply chain equation. We can answer the question, 'How do I integrate LBS and RTLS in my wireless network?'"

About AppLocation Systems Inc.:
Founded in 2002, AppLocation Systems Inc is a Location Based Services and Real Time Location mobile technology company bringing innovative wireless and LBS solutions to enterprise clients. Our collective 30 years experience in advanced tracking and mobile technology for global telecommunication companies equips us with the insight and advantage to go beyond tracking applications. We implement integrated enterprise solutions to streamline internal processes offering value in delivering web, logistics, fleet management, mission critical command and control and operational/logistics services. We integrate RFID with wireless for improved supply chain management.

MOBILEFusion is a carrier grade platform that links telco networks to ERP applications such as billing and order entry. The convergence of RFID, GPS and LBS requires a next generation wireless plug and play platform to drive adoption of asset location for supply chain logistics. AppLocation uses its expertise in location based services and its web-based MOBILEFusion™ platform to track assets wirelessly improving our client's logistic and supply chain business decisions on land, on water, and in the air - utilizing the latest technology in CDMA/GPRS/Satellite devices, mapping, sensors, RFID, RTLS and wireless network management.

AppLocation, MOBILEFusion are either registered trademarks or trademarks of AppLocation Systems Inc. in Canada, the United States and/or other countries. The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

For more information:
Gary Hartwig, President Telephone: 250-220-7122
For more information on AppLocation MOBILEFusion Suite:
http://www.applocation.net

About RFind:
With patent pending RFind TAQnav™ Tag to Tag technology, RFind has changed the game of Real Time Location Systems (RTLS) solutions for industry clients who need a flexible and affordable method to locate important assets. RFind uses active radio frequency identification (RFID) for real time locating systems (RTLS) of high value and critical assets in yard applications, manufacturing and production facilities. RFind's highly robust and precise solution utilizing TAQnav™ technology delivers real time RFID systems that are a fraction of the cost of competitive vendor offerings.

TAQnav™ is an enabling RFID Tag to Tag technology providing highly scalable RFID Tag network topologies. The TAQnav™ platform does not require an extensive network of costly access points or readers to create a blanket of RFID coverage in even high metallic facilities. TAQnav™ inherent light infrastructure increases system reliability and its affordability creates mid market or unique environment applications for RTLS that would otherwise be left on the drawing board.

Contact
Sharon Barnes, CEO: 250.862.3412    

Background:
Location Based Services
The integration of RFID and location based services (LBS) is not trivial as LBS requires a telco grade platform for integration. Many enterprises are not yet aware of the value of location-based services. This technology uses A-GPS and/or triangulation from the closest cell-phone towers to locate the handset. Spatial and temporal awareness is a key element of an LBS system.

Newer location based services use Assisted Global Positioning Satellite (AGPS) technology found in most new cell phones and PDAs that locate by using a hybrid combining GPS technology, CDMA Network Triangulation called advance forward link triangulation (AFLT) and Cell Site Location technology to determine locations indoors and outdoors.

Examples of the latest trends in the convergence of RFID and LBS are; a.) PDAs enabled with bar-code reader accessory, b.) PDAs enabled with RFID readers.

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