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By Beth Bacheldor

GuardRFID Adds Temperature Measurement, Other Features to TotGuard Security Solution

Guard RFID Solutions, a provider of 433 MHz active RFID and real-time locating system (RTLS) technology, has announced a new release of its TotGuard Infant and Pediatric Security solution.

Some of the major functionality that has been added to TotGuard includes real-time temperature monitoring and management using GuardRFID's temperature-sensing infant tags, as well as by employing hardwired temperature sensors within the TotGuard infrastructure. The new Temperature Management feature reports on ambient temperature, says Zahir Abji, GuardRFID's president and CEO. The temperature sensors are fully encapsulated within a tag, explains Dalibor Pokrajac, GuardRFID's executive VP of engineering, and most of the tags are ultrasonically welded, thereby ensuring complete water resistance. Temperature levels are reported at regular intervals, or instantly if the temperature changes by more than 2 degrees since the prior report. "Earlier versions of TotGuard offered temperature sensing, but not for measurement of temperature," Abji adds. "Instead, the sensing was used for detecting a tag tamper attempt by sensing light and sudden change in temperature to declare a tag being removed from an infant."

The new version of TotGuard also includes mobile apps with a full graphical user interface (GUI) for the Android and iOS operating systems, enabling personnel to monitor and manage the system and receive instant alarm notifications, even when they are away from their desk. A revamped GUI includes several new features, such as a tag battery gauge that shows the state of the battery's power, enables the sorting of patient lists, and displays different tag icons for different types of tags, among other functions.

According to Guard RFID, improvements in real-time location include support for detecting the direction of movement at a portal to provide more accurate reporting of patients, assets or staff members entering or departing from an area. Area or room utilization reports provide details of which patients or assets have occupied a specific area, as well as for how long, and can be set for various rules that improve facility utilization. The new version is compliant with the IHE PCD MEMLS protocol, which enables the sending of patient and asset location event data to all hospital systems that can communicate via the HL-7 protocol, such as emergency medical response (EMR) systems, alarm-monitoring systems, pump and VSM software, and so forth.

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