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Sysorex unifies wireless technology for healthcare asset tracking

Steve Rogerson
March 15, 2016
 
Sysorex has launched AirPatrol for Healthcare, a unified real-time location system (RTLS) that brings multiple asset, staff and equipment tracking technologies into a single, vendor-neutral administrative platform. With the technology, hospitals can simultaneously locate and monitor assets and people equipped with three of the most popular wireless location technologies – Wifi, Bluetooth and cellular – with sub-room level location accuracy from one dashboard.
 
The system also provides features such as zone-based alerts, DVR-like event playback, and the ability to interact with other healthcare information systems such as asset managers, electronic medical records and human resources.
 
“Hospitals have an incredible number of assets, equipment and people to track, so RTLS adoption in healthcare has really surged in the past decade,” said Nadir Ali, CEO of California-based Sysorex. “Unfortunately, because each of the wireless technologies used in location systems has its strengths and weaknesses, many healthcare facilities find themselves in the position of either choosing one that only solves part of the problem, or multiple, often incompatible, systems that can compound management headaches. With AirPatrol, we want to eliminate the need to make those kind of trade-offs.”
 
It unifies location tracking of Wifi, Bluetooth and cellular-enabled assets such as medical equipment, ID tags, mobile phones, computers and tablets, from a single system, providing real-time device location and continuous monitoring on actual building floorplans. Precision location accuracy is provided down to the sub-room level.
 
Colour coding helps distinguish between known assets and staff members versus visitors, guests and other unknown things. Security and safety zones can be enforced with real-time alerting when specific assets or people leave or enter.
 
The system is vendor and hardware neutral in that it works with all Wifi, Bluetooth and cellular-enabled devices. DVR-like functionality lets users rewind and playback activity based on specific times, events and so on.
 
It can be integrated with third party systems to provide additional functionality such as zone-based document access, asset management, staff balancing, dynamic security policies and protocols. Optional Zone IQ analytics can provide advanced reporting and analysis based on traffic flow, asset-to-asset and asset-to-staff relationships, asset use, predictive maintenance, building occupancy and facilities usage.