Lost your forklift in your cluttered factory? Hitachi Ltd. and Hitachi Cable Ltd have announced they are launching the IEEE802.11b-WLAN/ GPS Hitachi AirLocation system that can locate it. With an accuracy of 1-3 meters, the system works with twin servers and five dedicated basestations to find whatever, for a cost of 5 million yen for the system.
This cost despite the fact the system doesn’t, apparently, need special soft/hardware and can be used with an ordinary the 802.11b-compatible laptop or PDAs or WLAN tags.Hitachi claims that it has already accumulated “dozens” of orders for the system, which is initially targeted at factories. Hitachi says it wants to achieve annual sales of about about five billion yen in 2005. Continue >>