Eisenhower Army Medical Center Selects Ekahau to Wirelessly Track Assets
Ekahau's Real Time Location System Allows Government-Run Hospital to Leverage Wi-Fi Network for New, Time-Saving Application
SAN DIEGO--- February 14, 2006 --- Ekahau Inc. today announced that the Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center at Fort Gordon, Ga., will deploy the Ekahau Real-Time Location System (RTLS) to wirelessly track and manage medical assets at the 500,000 square foot, 750-bed health-care facility.
The Ekahau RTLS provides accurate real-time and historical location information about mobile assets and people. The Ekahau solution tracks assets by using either an Ekahau T201 Wi-Fi location tag attached to the object or person, or via internal Wi-Fi radios such as those already installed in laptops and personal digital assistants. Because the Ekahau RTLS operates on existing Wi-Fi access points, it can be deployed as a software-only solution that does not require a lengthy, expensive build out of proprietary tracking infrastructure.
With the Ekahau RTLS, Eisenhower Army Medical Center staff will be able to continually monitor the location of medical equipment, such as IV pumps, hospital beds, wheelchairs and medical records.
The deployment at Eisenhower Army Medical Center is one of several major government contracts for Ekahau. The Ekahau RTLS will operate over any brand of Wi-Fi equipment, including that of Nortel Networks, which has been installed at the medical center.
"With recent Government Accountability Office report indicating that more than half of government hospital equipment is missing, lost or stolen, a wireless tracking solution can make a significant impact on the budget of these health care facilities. By making equipment location aware, hospital administrators can reduce the expense of purchasing or renting redundant devices and be able to use more of their budget for the direct care of patients," said Tuomo Rutanen, vice president of business development at Ekahau. "The cost and time savings associated with location-enabling medical assets has been proven time and again at numerous private health care facilities that have deployed Ekahau's Wi-Fi-enabled tracking solutions.