Initial 2,600 Tag Deployment is First Under Preferred Provider
Relationship With University HealthSystems Consortium
RESTON, VA, June 11 /CNW/ - Ekahau Inc., a leading provider of
Wi-Fi-based Real-Time Location Systems (RTLS), today announced that UK
HealthCare is deploying Ekahau RTLS to track mobile medical equipment at the
University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital in Lexington, KY. Chandler
Hospital is the first member of the University HealthSystems Consortium (UHC)
to deploy the Ekahau RTLS solution under a preferred-provider agreement
announced earlier this year.
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"Because Ekahau RTLS operates over any brand of Wi-Fi network, it was the
ideal solution for leveraging our existing infrastructure," said Jean
Sargeant, director of Supply Chain for UK HealthCare. "The solution enables us
to track IV pumps, wheeled beds and wheelchairs quickly and cost-effectively,
with the accuracy we require."
UK HealthCare selected Ekahau RTLS as its location tracking vendor
because it can be quickly and easily deployed over the existing 802.11 Wi-Fi
networks and delivers room-level and bed-level accuracy without requiring
proprietary chokepoints or readers, which can cause interference with medical
equipment. The Ekahau RTLS tags also support two-way communications, enabling
location information to be sent from the tags to the system and push alerts
and upgrades back to the tags. In addition, the Ekahau software enables the IT
staff at Chandler Hospital to create zones in order to ensure equipment is
where it needs to be, while tracking historical movement for compliance and
The initial deployment at Chandler Hospital will be comprised of 2,600
tags in the approximately 500-bed facility. UK HealthCare expects to expand
the location tracking system to a new replacement hospital that will begin
opening in phases in 2010.
"Being a software-based solution, Ekahau RTLS gives us the flexibility to
easily add more tags and expand location tracking capabilities over a wider
geographic area," said James Wellman, manager of the technical analysis and
implementation group for UK HealthCare information technology systems. "This
aspect was very important to us, knowing that, with ongoing construction, we
would soon have a larger facility in which we needed to track our equipment.
Ekahau RTLS also gives us the flexibility to expand the solution to other
facilities should we desire, and track our mission-critical assets - no matter
where they are located - from a centralized location."
UK HealthCare is a member of UHC. UHC named Ekahau a preferred provider
of Wi-Fi-based RTLSs to UHC's 294 member hospitals under a three-year
agreement announced in January 2009. Many of UHC's members already have Wi-Fi
networks in place for voice and data communications, which makes Ekahau's
Wi-Fi-based RTLS solution a logical choice for cost-effective, quick
deployment. Ekahau RTLS works over any enterprise-grade Wi-Fi network
infrastructure, regardless of vendor or generation.
"We are pleased to be working with UHC and UK HealthCare on the first
deployment in the preferred provider relationship," said Tuomo Rutanen, vice
president of business development for Ekahau. "We look forward to a successful
deployment that will be a showcase for all UHC member hospitals of the
benefits - such as cost, accuracy and ease of use - that can be achieved with
the Ekahau RTLS solution."
About Ekahau Inc.
Ekahau Inc. is the industry leader in providing Wi-Fi-based RTLS
solutions. Ekahau's RTLS technology is routinely recognized for its superior
performance in customer benchmarking and competitive evaluations of
Wi-Fi-based location tracking 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, CA; Reston, VA.; Helsinki, Finland; and
Hong Kong, China. For more information about Ekahau, please visit
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