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GuardRFID unveils proximity tag exciter for room- or bed-level location ••• Bluewater Health selects Awarepoint RTLS ••• Texas A&M picks Apptricity RFID solution to manage Corps of Cadets uniforms ••• Norway Post expands implementation of Nedap's multi-access RFID solution ••• Thinfilm, Ypsomed partner on NFC-enabled injection systems for self-medication ••• Fujitsu outfits work van with RFID, GPS, sensors and more.
By Beth Bacheldor
Nov 05, 2015

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Guard RFID Solutions; Bluewater Health, Awarepoint; Texas A&M, Apptricity; Norway Post, Nedap; Thinfilm, Ypsomed; and Fujitsu.

GuardRFID Unveils Proximity Tag Exciter for Room- or Bed-Level Location

Guard RFID Solutions, a British Columbian active RFID company, has announced a new device designed to detect individuals or assets within a confined area or at close range. The Proximity Tag Exciter (PTE) device, which works in conjunction with GuardRFID's 433 MHz battery-powered tags, is suitable for applications requiring room- or bed-level location capability in hospitals, the company reports. It creates a tag-capture zone whose radius can be adjusted to fit a particular application's tag-detection range requirements.

GuardRFID's 433 MHz tags use the communication protocol specified in the IEEE 802.15.4f-2012 standard and also support the ISO 18000-7 standard. The company's solutions are suitable for asset tracking and patient security at health-care facilities, as well as personnel accountability and mustering applications. The nature of the 433 MHz frequency band is suitable for these applications, according to GuardRFID, because it allows the creation of small, low-power tags with a long transmission range and the ability to work in the presence of densely populated metal structures. The company's solutions include TotGuard Infant Security, AllGuard Wandering Patient Protection, SafeGuard Staff Duress and AllGuard Asset Tracking, all specifically developed for health-care facilities, as well as AllGuard Personnel Safety and Accountability, AllGuard Yard Management, and AllGuard Asset Tracking and Security for deployment in industrial and enterprise environments.

The PTE uses a low-frequency (LF) radio signal for communicating with GuardRFID's tags; the signal penetrates through most materials, and communications thus cannot be disrupted if the tag is concealed or if there are physical obstacles between the device and a tag. As this property of radio waves means that the signal can also penetrate through walls, GuardRFID has developed special system configurations allowing the use of the PTE for accurate location within rooms, closets and other confined spaces. GuardRFID has successfully deployed several systems that employ these configurations to provide precise room-level location capabilities at several hospitals.

"Demand for precise room- and bed-level location of patients, staff and assets has been steadily increasing as hospitals recognize its value for enhancing real-time patient workflow and staff security," said Doug Stevens, GuardRFID's VP of sales and marketing for health care, in a prepared statement. "Whereas GuardRFID has already deployed systems that provide such functionality to several hospital facilities using our long range Tag Exciters, the new Proximity Tag Exciter offers a physical configuration that is better suited for such environments, and for a much lower investment to boot."

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