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Real-Time Location Services (RTLS)

Cisco Meraki offers the integrated capability of being able to easily locate clients and rogue access points on a map in Dashboard. The placement of the access points around the perimeter of a space is critical to provide accurate positioning. A minimum of 4 APs is necessary to provide positioning within a rectangular perimeter. The ideal location for accurate positioning is the corners of a room and evenly distributed in a grid inside the perimeter. Adding additional access points can increase the accuracy, and the smaller distance between access points the higher the accuracy you can expect - within the perimeter of APs.

 

To view the location of a client:

  1. Navigate to Monitor > Clients.
  2. Select the client device from the list.
  3. The client will be represented by a blue dot on the map that is displayed.

 

Cisco Meraki access points also integrate with Real-Time Location Services (RTLS) software from Ekahau and Stanley Healthcare (previously known as AeroScout). These RTLS vendors offer the ability to track clients or Active RFID tags with great accuracy in real-time, graphical formats.  Cisco Meraki APs support Ekahau and Stanley / AeroScout tags in both unassociated “blink mode” and associated “connected mode”. Blink mode has various benefits like generally increased battery life of the WiFi tags.

Ekahau RTLS

Meraki integrates with Ekahau's Real-Time Location Services (RTLS) solution, which offers the ability to track clients or tags with great accuracy in real-time, graphical formats. For detailed documentation on Ekahau's products please visit the Ekahau website.

How to integrate with Ekahau

Associating mode:

In associating mode, the tags will associate with the Meraki AP and independently communicate with the Ekahau positioning engine. No special configuration of the Meraki AP is required.

 

Blink mode:

In  “blink” mode, the tags will not formally associate with the AP, but will instead broadcast information which is collected by the AP and then sent by the AP to the Ekahau server. 

To configure a given Dashboard wireless network to work with tags in Ekahau blink mode:

  1. Select the wireless network from within Dashboard
  2. Go to Configure->Network-wide Settings
  3. Change “Ekahau RTLS” to “enabled”.
  4. Enter the IP and port of your Ekahau positioning engine.
  5. Select “Save Changes”.

The Meraki APs on the selected wireless network will now pass information from Ekahau blink tags back to your Ekahau server.

 
 

Stanley / AeroScout RTLS

Stanley Black & Decker acquired AeroScout and rebranded their products to Stanley Healthcare. AeroScout branded products are still available for purchase through Cisco. Meraki integrates with both Stanley and AeroScout branded RTLS solutions. For detailed documentation on Stanley's products please visit the Stanley Healthcare website.

How to integrate with Stanley / AeroScout

Associating mode:

In associating mode, the tags will associate with the Meraki AP and independently communicate with the Stanley positioning engine. No special configuration of the Meraki AP is required.

 

Blink mode:

In “blink” mode, the tags will not formally associate with the AP, but will instead broadcast information which is collected by the AP and then sent by the AP to the Stanley server.  To configure a given Dashboard wireless network to work with tags in Stanley blink mode:

  1. Select the wireless network from within Dashboard
  2. Go to Configure->Network-wide Settings
  3. Change “AeroScout location services” to “enabled”.
  4. Enter the IP and port of your Stanley / AeroScout positioning engine.
  5. Select “Save Changes”.

The Meraki APs on the selected wireless network will now pass information from Stanley blink tags back to your positioning engine.

 
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