Ekahau Wi-Fi Badge Improves Staff and Patient Safety for Portuguese Hospital Group

Thursday, April 29, 2010 General News
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RESTON, Virginia, April 29, 2010 Ekahau Inc., a leadingprovider of Wi-Fi-based Real Time Location Systems (RTLS), today announcedthat its RTLS solution, including fixed Wi-Fi call-buttons and locatableWi-Fi communication badges for staff members, is being installed in memberhospitals of Espirito Santo Saude (ESSAUDE), one of the largest privatehealthcare group in Portugal, consisting in total of 15 healthcare units and2 assisted living senior residences.

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While ESSAUDE is using Ekahau RTLS technology for several purposes, thesystem's primary functions are to enable mobile patients to call for a nurse,and emergency notification for staff members. System integration of thecomplete solution is handled by Unisys, while the underlying Wi-Fi network isprovided by Cisco Systems. Unisys has used its experience in the Life Scienceand Healthcare markets, as well its broad expertise on RTLS solutions, toperform the solution installation, configuration and testing.

Unlike many competing solutions, Ekahau RTLS only requires the softwareand Wi-Fi tags to enable asset and people tracking over any vendor's standardWi-Fi network, making Ekahau's system the most cost effective RTLS solutionavailable on the market. Ekahau RTLS can achieve the same performance levelas competing solutions using approximately half that number of Wi-Fi accesspoints (APs). With their WPA2 encryption, Ekahau RTLS tags are a securesolution that can co-exist on top of the Wi-Fi network like any otherstandard Wi-Fi voice and data application, without interfering with networkoperation or critical medical equipment.

In Casas da Cidade, an assisted living senior residence, ESSAUDE isdeploying fixed Ekahau call buttons that are attached on walls in rooms andhallways for residents to call help. Some of the residents also carry Ekahauwireless T301BD badges to call help when they are moving throughout thefacility. Nurses then receive calls for service on their Ekahau T301BD badgesas a display message with the resident's location information.

In Hospital da Luz, an ESSAUDE acute care facility, Ekahau wireless callbuttons are placed in fixed locations, including in wards and rooms. When oneof these buttons is pressed, the call for help is sent to Ekahau T301BDcommunication badges carried by staff members. After receiving the alert andreading the emergency location information on his or her badge, the staffmember can promptly respond to the request. In addition, nurses and doctorsalso can call for help themselves by pulling the emergency switch on theirown Ekahau badge. In the same facility, critical mobile hospital equipment -such as IV pumps, wheelchairs and vital sign monitors - are being equippedwith Ekahau asset tags for asset management purposes. By knowing the exactlocation of these devices at any given time, the hospital is able to increaseefficiency of asset utilization and to improve the maintenance process.

"The ability to quickly locate the right clinical staff, having thecapability to send two-way messages between team members and employ real-timeasset tracking, are all becoming essential system components for operationalefficiency in a busy hospital," said Mr. David Vieira, CTO at ESSAUDE. "Weexpect Ekahau's wireless RTLS solution to greatly enhance the safety andquality of care, as well as our patient's overall satisfaction throughout theESSAUDE hospitals."

About Ekahau Inc.

Ekahau Inc. is the industry leader in providing Wi-Fi-based RTLSsolutions. Ekahau's customers, including several Fortune 500 companiesworldwide, are realizing the benefits of Wi-Fi based location services andinnovative Wi-Fi network planning and optimization tools. Ekahau's solutionsare being used in more than 150 hospitals around the world, as well as bymanufacturers, mining/oil/gas companies, government agencies and themilitary. Ekahau partners include wireless software developers, leadingsystem integrators and international OEM partners, who develop and marketwireless enterprise applications. Ekahau is a U.S. based corporation, withoffices in Saratoga, Calif.; Reston, Va.; Helsinki, Finland; and Hong Kong,China. For more information about Ekahau, please visit athttp://www.ekahau.com.

About Unisys

Unisys is a worldwide information technology company. We provide aportfolio of IT services, software, and technology that solves criticalproblems for clients. We specialize in helping clients secure theiroperations, increase the efficiency and utilization of their data centers,enhance support to their end users and constituents, and modernize theirenterprise applications. To provide these services and solutions, we bringtogether offerings and capabilities in outsourcing services, systemsintegration and consulting services, infrastructure services, maintenanceservices, and high-end server technology. With approximately 26,000employees, Unisys serves commercial organizations and government agenciesthroughout the world. For more information, visit http://www.unisys.com.

(c) Copyright 2010, Ekahau Inc. All Rights Reserved.

SOURCE Ekahau Inc.

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