Cisco has developed a wireless tracking appliance that can be used to track people within the area of an installed wireless local area network.
Cisco says the appliance, which can also be used to track unauthorised wireless access points, is designed for asset tracking, inventory management, workflow automation, and tighter WLan security.
The Wireless Location Appliance provides location tracking capabilities for devices and people, by reading WLan IEEE 802.11-compatible radio frequency identification (RFID) tags fixed to those “assets”.
With people, the tags could be fixed to staff uniforms, so that employers could track their every movement in a building. The tags can also be fitted to valuable equipment, so that senior staff can make sure it does not leave the building or specific areas.
Cisco said the appliance was originally designed to track rogue access points, but says that like many other technology projects further uses came to light.
The company said, “In addition to identifying rogue access points, the new appliance can be used to track people - such as children in an amusement park or patients in a hospital - as well as to locate and track valuable equipment such as shipping containers, vehicles and medical equipment."
It added, "Automatic alarms help IT staff detect the removal of mobile devices from authorised premises.”
The Wireless Location Appliance costs £8,300.