Kawasaki Motors at High Speeds with Smart Wi-Fi from Ruckus Wireless

     Kawasaki Motors at High Speeds with Smart Wi-Fi from Ruckus Wireless

New Smart Wi-Fi System Fixes Coverage Holes, Dropped VoIP Phone Calls, and
Delivers Up To 5X Increase in Production Line Scanning, Lowering Its Supply
Chain Management Costs

PR Newswire

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Jan. 22, 2014

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Jan. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Ruckus Wireless, Inc. (NYSE:
RKUS) today announced that it has been selected to supply high-speed Ruckus
Smart Wi-Fi products to Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corporation, U.S.A., a
subsidiary of Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. The new high-speed Ruckus Smart
Wi-Fi system was installed to support Kawasaki Motors' vast warehousing,
production, quality control and parts management operations, where popular
consumer recreation and utility machines such as Teryx^® all terrain vehicles
(ATVs), Mule™ utility vehicles, Jet Ski^® watercraft, and Rail Cars are made.

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With more than 2,600 employees working across over two million square feet of
manufacturing, back office and warehousing space, Kawasaki Motors needed to
implement a reliable Wi-Fi infrastructure to support a variety of
applications, from quality control and inventory management systems to
inter-staff voice communication and digital signage. These applications
utilize hundreds of handheld mobile devices such as Siemens WL2 VoIP Wi-Fi
phones for inter-staff voice communications to Apple iPads, and then to
Datalogic Elf and Symbol barcode scanners placed on forklifts, so staff can
constantly feed inventory data into its LANSA enterprise resource planning
(ERP) system.

Kawasaki Motors have also designed and developed custom mobile iPad
applications that line staff use with an internally developed real-time
assembly line inventory (eKanban) system that relies heavily on reliable
wireless connectivity. This enables them to maintain accurate inventory levels
at all times. Kawasaki also plans to use Wi-Fi for its Andon system, where
assembly line workers have the ability to stop the production line if an issue
is identified. It has also developed custom iPad mobile applications for its
inspection recording system used by quality service engineers, allowing them
to release finished products or hold and inspect units.

"We view Wi-Fi as a strategic tool for optimizing operations as part of our
continuous improvement practice, because we use it daily to literally run our
plant manufacturing operations," said Paul Kramer, IT manager for Kawasaki
Motors. "As a result, a reliable and robust system was simply no longer

According to Kawasaki Motors, the existing Cisco legacy Wi-Fi system was
causing continuous disconnections as the environment became more challenging
from an RF and data capacity perspective. It also failed to provide ubiquitous
Wi-Fi signal coverage, consistent high-speed data connectivity and support for
high-density locations within certain parts of the facility. "Given so much
mobility by staff, unfriendly RF obstacles, electromagnetic interference, and
RF noise, getting wireless to operate as reliably as a utility, like power,
was a major challenge for us," said Kramer.

"When we began testing the Ruckus ZoneFlex™ system in our plant, we saw
immediate and remarkable improvements in coverage and reliable connectivity at
higher data rates than we had previously experienced, and with fewer access
points deployed. This surprised us, so we made the move to Ruckus," said

With Communication Services, Inc., Kawasaki's systems integration partner,
Kramer deployed nearly 100 three-stream, dual-band 802.11n Ruckus ZoneFlex
7982 indoor access points, each of which integrate a dual-polarized, patented,
adaptive antenna array and custom software such as ChannelFly™ – all of which
combine to automatically and continuously select the best signal path and best
RF channel for each device. With the Ruckus system in place, Kawasaki now
experiences better quality VoIP communications and up to a five times increase
in the amount of products they can scan through its system, according to

"Ultimately the ZoneFlex Smart Wi-Fi system has allowed us to lower the cost
of our supply chain management processes while speeding our production
environment," said Kramer. Additionally, because of the stronger signal
strength delivered by the Ruckus access points, battery life on Kawasaki
Motors' handheld devices has also improved. Kramer continued, "The Ruckus
Smart antenna is just better at transmitting and receiving signals so the
devices can make a better connection using less power in both directions. We
also have applications where Apple iPods are strapped to workers' arms within
our warehousing environments for picking applications. The dual-polarization
of the Ruckus smart antenna technology makes a big difference in these types
of applications. Overall, with Ruckus, we now feel we have a state-of-the-art
Wi-Fi infrastructure that now functions as a reliable utility for almost any
applications we can think of," concluded Kramer.

Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corp., U.S.A. manufactures and distributes ATVs,
personal watercraft, Mule and Teryx utility vehicles and passenger railcars
from its manufacturing plant in Lincoln, NE. For more information, visit
www.kawasaki.com and www.kawasakilincoln.com.

Headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA, Ruckus Wireless, Inc. (NYSE: RKUS) is a global
supplier of advanced wireless systems for the rapidly expanding mobile
Internet infrastructure market. The company offers a wide range of indoor and
outdoor "Smart Wi-Fi"products to mobile carriers, broadband service
providers, and corporate enterprises, and has over 30,000 end-customers
worldwide. Ruckus technology addresses Wi-Fi capacity and coverage challenges
caused by the ever-increasing amount of traffic on wireless networks due to
accelerated adoption of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Ruckus
invented and has patented state-of-the-art wireless voice, video, and data
technology innovations, such as adaptive antenna arrays that extend signal
range, increase client data rates, and avoid interference, providing
consistent and reliable distribution of delay-sensitive multimedia content and
services over standard 802.11 Wi-Fi. For more information, visit

ChannelFly, Ruckus, Ruckus Wireless, and ZoneFlex are trademarks of Ruckus
Wireless, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other product or
company names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Media Contacts
David Callisch
Ruckus Wireless
+1 408-504-5487

Mark Priscaro
Ruckus Wireless
+1 925-367-5505

Paul Kramer
Kawasaki Motors Mfg. Corp.
+1 (402) 476-6600, x1350

SOURCE Ruckus Wireless, Inc.

Website: http://www.ruckuswireless.com
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