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By Rich Handley

CenTrak Intros Hybrid Ultrasound-Gen2IR IoT Location and Sensing Solution

CenTrak has announced the addition of its IRUS hybrid locating technology to its Internet of Things (IoT) location and sensing offering. IRUS was specifically developed for use cases requiring clinical-grade locating in open spaces, the company reports, such as infusion areas, preoperative and post-anesthesia care units, and emergency departments. IRUS supplements the firm's Enterprise Location Services platform, and is suitable for use in location-enabled clinical solutions, including hand hygiene monitoring, rounding compliance, contact tracing and nurse call automation.

The system's combination of Gen2IR and ultrasound provides the accuracy and speed necessary for automating clinical workflow and improving patient care, the firm explains. The technologies help to overcome interference challenges that users can experience from ultrasound locating in buildings with commercial lighting-control systems.

IRUS is interoperable with CenTrak's waterproof tags, including a patient tag designed without seams, screw holes or crevices for easy sterilization. The IRUS infrastructure may be wired or battery-powered, with a five-year battery guarantee, and is supervised and configurable using Connect, CenTrak's configuration, system-health monitoring and battery-management platform. The technology can be deployed in conjunction with other native CenTrak technologies, including BLE, Wi-Fi, LF, active UHF and passive RFID.

"The development of IRUS was driven by CenTrak's continued commitment to transform patient care using the most advanced Internet of Things (IoT) technologies," said Ari Naim, CenTrak's president and CEO, in a prepared statement. "We continue to invest significantly in R&D to expand our breadth of supported location and sensory technology, ensuring CenTrak meets the industry's ongoing challenge to improve the patient experience."

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