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GuardRFID ships new one-year umbilical tag for TotGuard; Atos Origin and NXP intro end-to-end security in the Smart Grid; HID Global launches initiative for RFID animal tagging; Ekahau, Socket Mobile team on mobile computing performance and device tracking; Yawkey Cancer Center to use RTLS for patient, staff and asset tracking; Radiant RFID, Precision Dynamics release reusable Gen 2 UHF wristband.
Ekahau, Socket Mobile Team on Mobile Computing Performance and Device Tracking
Socket Mobile, a provider of automatic-identification and data-capture (AIDC) solutions, has partnered with real-time location systems (RTLS) provider Ekahau to offer customers of Socket Mobile's solutions in the health-care and hospitality sectors a system for detecting and fixing network-related issues. The solution leverages the Ekahau Site Survey (ESS) software, a Wi-Fi planning, verification and troubleshooting tool that businesses can utilize to identify, map and manage their wireless local area networks (LANs). With ESS, Socket's customers can detect, analyze and correct network-related issues, thereby ensuring optimal onsite performance of their SoMo 650 handheld computers, as well as other Wi-Fi devices, on their network. In addition, the Wi-Fi-based Ekahau RTLS offers users, supervisors and IT departments the ability to accurately track deployed Wi-Fi-enabled SoMo 650 handheld computers. "We want SoMo 650 users to experience seamless mobility within their working environment," said Dave Bledsoe, Socket Mobile's senior product manager for handheld computing products, in a prepared statement. "Health-care and hospitality providers need to be able to focus 100 percent on their customers, and to do that it's important that they have a properly configured Wi-Fi network ensuring their infrastructure and devices coexist and operate at their full potential."

Yawkey Cancer Center to Use RTLS for Patient, Staff and Asset Tracking
The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has announced that it has selected a real-time location system (RTLS) from Versus Technology to assist with patient tracking, room utilization, workflow optimization and reporting at its new Yawkey Center for Cancer Care. The institute is a principal teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, and the new 275,000-square-foot Yawkey Center, scheduled to open on Jan. 30, 2011, is a clinical center with 130 examination rooms, 137 infusion chairs and numerous patient and family consultation rooms. Versus leverages tags that transmit infrared (IR) signals, as well as RFID as a back-up solution, in the event that the IR signal is blocked or not operating properly. When a tag's IR signal, emitted every three seconds, is received by the IR reader at a particular location, the interrogator transmits its own ID number, along with that of the tag, to the Versus software. If the IR signal is not being received (if, for example, a blanket is covering the tag and its infrared beacon), the RFID system provides a backup: The tag emits a 433 MHz RFID signal, which also beacons every three seconds, using a proprietary air-interface protocol. The institute's decision to deploy Versus' RTLS at its Yawkey Center was based on a three-month pilot project conducted at one of Dana-Farber's current adult cancer clinics, which sees an average of 200 patients per day. The implementation at the new center will be used for the real-time location of patients, staff members and equipment, as well as for workflow automation, throughout the clinics on the ninth and 10th floors—chosen because those areas will house the workflows originally piloted. According to Versus, chair-level accuracy was key for the functionality of the workflow rules, as well as for documenting patient location, and that accuracy will enable the clinic to identify which patient is in a specific infusion chair, for how long, and who interacted with that individual. The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has purchased 1,000 tags, and plans to begin using them once it opens.

Radiant RFID, Precision Dynamics Release Reusable Gen 2 UHF Wristband
Radiant RFID, a provider of RFID asset-tracking solutions, and Precision Dynamics Corp. (PDC), which produces wristband and label systems, have announced a new, rewearable and reusable EPC Gen 2 ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) wristband with a read range of up to 4 meters (13 feet). The wristband, the companies report, is composed of silicone material enabling it to function and be worn for extended periods of time, such as days, weeks or months. It is designed for RFID tracking applications requiring comfort and long wear, such as on cruise ships and at theme parks, trade shows, festivals and long-term special events. The device—which is offered in more than 20 colors and numerous sizes, and which supports custom graphics—is compatible with all EPC-compliant Gen 2 RFID readers, as well as Radiant RFID's access-control, asset-tracking and evacuation-management solutions.

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