Ekahau RTLS Selected by Largest Military Hospital in U.S.
Ekahau Teams with Conexus to Implement Real Time Asset Tracking for More than 5,000 Items at Brooke Army Medical Center
Reston, VA --- January 20, 2011 --- Ekahau Inc., the worldwide leader in high performance Wi-Fi-based Real Time Location Systems (RTLS), announced today that Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio has selected Ekahau RTLS to track more than 5,000 pieces of mobile equipment throughout the facility’s campus. BAMC is the largest military hospital in the United States, spanning a 1.5 million square foot facility with 450 beds. And, BAMC is growing as the U.S. Defense Department’s base realignment and closure (BRAC) program consolidates the hospital with Wilford Hall Medical Center to create an integrated campus known as the San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC).
“With this selection by Brooke Army Medical Center and installations at multiple other military medical facilities, Ekahau RTLS is now the most widely deployed real-time location tracking solution for the U.S. military,” said Tuomo Rutanen, senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing and Business Development for Ekahau. “We look forward to working with our partners and medical center officials to implement a solution that will simplify and streamline the ability to manage high-value, mobile assets, streamline workflow and grow as the facility expands under the BRAC program.”
Ekahau teamed with software developer and manufacturer Conexus Inc. to deliver the winning asset tracking and management solution that has been certified by use in the Army’s medical treatment facilities. The combined solution allows BAMC to track assets using Wi-Fi RTLS tags, passive RFID tags and barcodes, based on asset-specific requirements. BAMC is the first facility to deploy the integrated solution.
Ekahau RTLS has been integrated into Conexus’ Plexus Vision product, which provides a full range of data collection and reporting option for hospitals. Ekahau RTLS enables the medical center to leverage its existing, campuswide Cisco Wi-Fi network for location tracking, without the need for a separate proprietary network or installation of additional infrastructure. The initial system will use Ekahau Wi-Fi tags to track more than 5,000 assets for the hospital’s biomedical engineering group, with plans to expand the system to track as many as 20,000 assets across all SAMMC facilities.
“Government officials are clearly committed to efficient and responsible use of resources, enhanced by automated systems. As they take advantage of significant advances in wireless connectivity, it makes financial and logistical sense to add automated, real-time asset tracking delivered through the existing medical grade 802.11 Wi-Fi networks,” said Laker B. Dunford, CEO of Conexus. “Ekahau RTLS is the industry’s top solution for Wi-Fi-based asset tracking, having been deployed in major hospitals around the world. The result of our collaboration is a state-of-the-art, asset management solution with a single, secure, user-interface that can support existing accounting systems to deliver the efficiencies and cost reductions that military hospitals desire.”
About Conexus Inc.
Conexus is a veteran owned, small business with the mission of helping accurately track, stage and manage portable assets. For the past 16 years, the company has provided consulting services along with a proprietary software system that offers a full range of data collection options (barcode, passive RF, Wi-Fi-based RTLS) integrated into a powerful asset validation and tracking system. A custom version of their software application in deployed worldwide for treating wounded soldiers. Today the Conexus “Patient Movement Item Program” (PMI) manages over 20,000 items distributed throughout the U.S., the Pacific, Europe, Iraq and Afghanistan. For more information, visit www.conexusinc.com.
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 300 hospitals around the world, as well as by manufacturing, retail and industrial 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 headquarters in Reston, Va., and other offices in Saratoga, Calif.; Helsinki, Finland; Tokyo; and Hong Kong. For more information about Ekahau, please visit www.ekahau.com.
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