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Awarepoint Assets Transferred to CenTrak Subsidiary

The RTLS company has signed an agreement to transfer select Awarepoint assets to CenTrak's Clinical Patents LLC, to sell Awarepoint's BLE- and ZigBee-based RTLS solutions, along with CenTrak's other technologies, including Gen2IR, ultrasound and RFID.
By Claire Swedberg

Awarepoint technology also offers a solution based on tracking mobile devices without a tag, such as a smartphone or tablet, via BLE. As a growing number of health-care professionals carry such devices in hospital settings, the technology provides another option for tracking hospital employees and other individuals.

The key point that has led to Centrak's growth, Naim says, is the need for multiple wireless technologies. ZigBee and BLE—the two technologies offered by Awarepoint—by themselves cannot solve many of the problems for which an RTLS solution may be needed at a hospital. For instance, he says, neither can give hospitals room-level accuracy of a tag's location—and that means tracking assets or individuals cannot be specified per room. Health care, however, is governed by regulations that, in some cases, may require very specific information regarding where particular assets are located.

For instance, RTLS solutions are being used to identify when a specific piece of equipment is used on a given patient, and to confirm that it has been cleaned and sanitized prior to reuse. The systems, with room-level accuracy, can also help to prevent the spread of infectious diseases if a hospital knows who has been in contact with those exposed.

"I think BLE is one instrument amongst many" to solve a hospital's challenges, Naim says. Consolidations of hospitals, and the need to lower costs by making work more efficient, means facilities are seeking more RTLS-based data, but are also seeking to integrate it into a single solution. "Hospitals are looking for big enterprise-level solutions, and they are using RTLS to address not a short list of problems."

Awarepoint has not only transferred a list of customers to CenTrak, enabling the company to expand its own customer base, Naim reports, but has also provided access to engineers and other RTLS specialists that CPLLC now employs. While the existing Awarepoint office is being closed, CenTrak is opening a new San Diego-based office in which engineering work will continue to take place. "They have a great amount of talent," he states. "We are thrilled to add their expertise."

In the coming years, Naim predicts continued growth in RTLS, especially in patient flow. Wristbands equipped with active RFID tags, for instance, are becoming more cost-effective through single-use and low-cost reusable tag options, enabling hospitals to begin tracking the movements of patients to ensure they are efficiently moving through the various stages of care.

USER COMMENTS

Random Nobody 2018-08-04 12:27:35 PM
Just a correction to your story. Centrak didn't retain anyone "talent" from Awarepoint. All Awarepoint employees were laid off at the end of May 2018. Awarepoint doesn't exist. It's disingenuous for Centrak to continue to invoke the Awarepoint name like there's a mutual partnership between the two companies. There isn't. Awarepoint went through an ABC dissolution in June 2018. Centrak purchased a majority of the Awarepoint assets (Intellectual Property, IT infrastructure, hardware, etc) and retained NO human capital (Awarepoint employees "talent"). Centrak needs to sever themselves from the Awarepoint name. Centrak needs to stop piggybacking off the great relationships the AWAREPOINT employees built among their clients and channel partners and carry those loads on your own merits/name. If those exist.

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