Ekahau RTLS Enables Improvements in Staff Safety in Austrian Psychiatric HospitalBy Ekahau Inc., PRNE
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
ITH icoserve Integrates Ekahau RTLS Into ProAct Emergency Call System, Covering 200 Employees
RESTON, Virginia, September 16, 2010 - Ekahau Inc., the worldwide leader in high performance
Wi-Fi-based Real Time Location Systems (RTLS) (
today announced that Ekahau is providing the underlying Wi-Fi-based location
tracking technology for an emergency call system being utilized in the
psychiatric ward at University Hospital of Innsbruck in Austria. The
software-based Ekahau RTLS solution has been integrated into the ProAct(R)
personal emergency call system developed by ITH icoserve for the psychiatric
unit, which encompasses two seven-story buildings and is served by more than
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"Psychiatric units can be dangerous for hospital staff, as
patients are sometimes violent and unpredictable. So, when an attack or an
escape attempt occurs, there is often not enough time to call for help by
conventional means, such as the telephone," said Franz Gruber, chief nurse of
the Psychiatric Clinic at University Hospital Innsbruck. "The ProAct solution
using Ekahau RTLS technology enables us to trigger an alarm with the simple
push of a button on a staff badge, or even faster by just pulling the tag's
lanyard, and quickly and simply conveys information where assistance is
needed so those employees who are closest to the incident can respond."
The Ekahau RTLS technology enables the ProAct system to track
staff location in real time using the hospital's existing wireless local area
network (WLAN) from Cisco. The solution relies on Ekahau's T301BD badge tags,
which support two-way text-based communications capabilities and include a
panic button for use in emergency situation.
"Ekahau RTLS was a perfect foundation for our ProAct system
because it not only supports our initial staff safety application, but it
provides us with the flexibility to add other applications in the future that
require real-time location tracking - such as asset management, workflow
improvements and temperature monitoring," said Andreas Gereke, head of
Innovation and Research Solutions at ITH icoserve.
"This system is a great example how ITH icoserve, Ekahau and
Cisco can work together to develop a new and innovative solution that
improves staff safety and patient care," said Thomas Schwab, manager of
Healthcare in Austria for Cisco Systems. "Cisco, as the world wide leading
wireless infrastructure provider, is proud to be part of such solutions that
will shape the future of healthcare. The healthcare sector is one of the
fastest growing markets, with strong impact on economies as well as the
quality of people's lives." added Thomas Schwab, Cisco Systems' Manager of
Healthcare in Austria.
About Ekahau Inc.
Ekahau Inc. is the industry leader in providing Wi-Fi-based
RTLS solutions. Ekahau's customers, including several Fortune 500 companies
worldwide, are realizing the benefits of Wi-Fi based location services and
innovative Wi-Fi network planning and optimization tools. Ekahau's solutions
are being used in more than 150 hospitals around the world, as well as by
manufacturers, mining/oil/gas companies, government agencies and the
military. Ekahau partners include wireless software developers, leading
system integrators and international OEM partners, who develop and market
wireless enterprise applications. Ekahau is a U.S. based corporation, with
offices in Saratoga, Calif.; Reston, Va.; Helsinki, Finland; and Hong Kong,
China. For more information about Ekahau, please visit www.ekahau.com.
(c) Copyright 2010, Ekahau, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
U.S. Media Contact: Juliet Travis, Rocket Science PR, for Ekahau, +1-415-464-8110 x 215, Juliet at rocketscience.com, Annina Pierson, Marketing Director, Ekahau, +358-20-743-5910, annina.pierson at Ekahau.com
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