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Successful RFID System Deployed in Philadelphia Hospital

The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia has completed an initiative to RFID tag equipment and devices throughout the building.
Jan 11, 2005This article was originally published by RFID Update.

January 11, 2005—While the most high-profile RFID initiatives have to do with tracking inventory from the point of manufacture to the point of sale, there are many other initiatives for tracking assets that are already owned, be it fire-fighting tools, ancient relics, or medical equipment. The latter appears in an announcement from Lawrence, Massachusetts-based Radianse that it has completed a project with the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia to RFID tag equipment and devices throughout the building. Surgical tables and infusion pumps are among the hundreds of objects whose whereabouts will now be tracked by a comprehensive system that is fully integrated with the hospital's existing LAN. As with most systems of its kind, the goal is to facilitate locating the equipment as well as cut down on loss and theft.

Asset tracking applications such as these represent an under-reported but thriving niche of the greater RFID market. Other recent examples include a startup focusing on equipment-carrying vehicles, the Vatican Library RFID initiative, and baby tracking at a hospital in Australia.

Details in the Radianse press release
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