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In emergencies and everyday, you need to know the status and exact location of patients, caregivers, and essential equipment. TrackIT's RTLS provides unprecedented control over your assets, improving disaster preparedness and the bottom line.

RTLS LOCATOR provides wireless geo-location of any tagged asset or tagged person.
RTLS VIEWER creates images of tagged assets in order to communicate spatial relationships.

RTLS STORAGE SYSTEM enables users to query the RTLS database for up to date geo-location of any tagged asset.

RTLS Reporter provides the end user the ability to create reports based on their needs. This rules based system leverages the unique ability of uwb to time stamp and alert predefined tag to tag interaction and/or tag to area interaction. The "real time" data can be summarized into reports that can assist management with important decisions about workflow and process analysis or equipment utilization.

With UWB as the backbone this same system provides the most robust asset management tool in the healthcare and safety industries. The UWB aspects along with a proprietary self-assembling network capability and software allows us to assemble systems in an ad-hoc setting using special gateways, transceivers and location tags. In practical terms the systems can locate crucial assets in real time, in very large buildings such as hospitals, and in open environments such as disaster areas. There is very little engineering involved in setting up the infrastructure, in terms of time or cost.

Essentially the TrackIT system allows the entire infrastructure to be set up quickly and inexpensively. Once the gateways and antennas are in place small tags are attached to critical medical equipment (or personnel) that allows for an accounting as to their exact location with resolutions to below one foot accuracy. This level of accuracy is crucial in healthcare settings and creates efficiencies in locating and managing thousands of assets (doctors, nurses, technicians, medical equipment, etc.), in hospitals and in emergency disaster management situations. The TrackIT system is extremely low power (1 microwatt or less, and because of the UWB component will not interfere with other sensitive spectrum in the hospitals. This is the only wireless solution that can safely operate in cardiac and telemetry units without apprehension of interference with existing medical devices.

Automated Intelligent Systems

Inherent with this same system is the ability to detect and track critical equipment and objects equipped with the TrackIT transceiver devices. In the event of a tagged entity entering a hazardous area or situation, the system is competent in recognizing the potential for harm. In these instances the system is capable in making logical comparisons of all the tagged entities in close proximity to each other. If the potential for a hazard is determined to exist, the system automatically shuts down critical systems, closes access points, sets off alarms or alerts, and neutralizes the threat of harm.

A hospital's Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine creates a very powerful magnetic field when in operation. Metal objects must be kept away from the machine as they present a physical threat to the patient whereas metal objects can be drawn to the center of the magnet. In the past hospital patients have been injured or killed after being struck by flying metal objects inadvertently introduced into the MRI's magnetic field. Metal objects such as wheelchairs and oxygen cylinders could be tagged with UWB transceivers, along with the MRI unit and the patient. Should an oxygen cylinder unintentionally get in close proximity to the MRI unit the intelligence built into the system would recognize this hazard and respond automatically by setting off the appropriate alarms while instinctively powering off all critical systems to the MRI unit thereby defusing the threat. Comparable defenses could be put in place in many other areas of the facility.

Impressive Security and Access Control

Security and access control is inherent with the system. Very small trigger areas can be predefined in the system near points of entry and exit in many types of facilities. A virtual trigger area is set whereas individuals entering or exiting the facility places his or her tag into a hot spot near the door (as well the entire area facing the door may be designated a trigger area). Since the hot spot is defined as a virtual area in space, there are not any special readers required to be installed or hard wired into the building. The individual may hold the tag to an area near the door defined by a small sign placed on the wall. The software is capable of determining the presence of the tag entering the virtual trigger area and the identity of the individual associated with the transceiver, his/her right of entry level, and the appropriate admittance assessment to be made relative to the individual's positive identification. The system is capable of making a knowledgeable decision as to whether to allow or deny entry based upon a predetermined set of protection rules. If entry is approved the system is capable of automatically unlocking or opening the door. Denied entries are logged as to the time of day and the profile involved.

Once inside the facility, the individual sporting the tag is accounted for at every step of the way. Exceptions can be determined that restrict the movements of the individual in the facility. A visitor to a hospital may be permitted to travel in the building from the main entrance of the facility to a family member's room or patient unit. Other allowances may include permissions to visit the hospital's cafeteria or chapel. Should the visitor deviate from the permitted areas of travel the guest is advised of the contravention by an automated voice response system or audible alert from the transceiver. As well, the Security Department is automatically alerted. Similar security measures can be established in other types of public, commercial, and government facilities.

Secure, Safe, Robust Wireless Data Transfer

In addition to reporting their exact location, and without making any modifications to the hardware, these same transceivers are also capable of wirelessly sending and receiving data from the associated entity to which it is attached. A tag connected to a hospital patient's heart monitoring device is capable of relaying the apparatus' output data wirelessly to other software databases such as an electronic patient medical record, or electronic billing systems. Similar data collection can take place with hospital IV pumps, EEG machines, pulse oximeters, and other diagnostic equipment. Due to the two-way data capabilities of the transceivers, control packets could be sent wirelessly from a central command. An IV pump could be instructed to automatically dispense a prescribed medication based upon feedback information it receives from the patient's output device.

Unlike Bluetooth and IEEE802.11 standards, or other wireless technologies currently in use today, TrackIT's ultra-wide band pulsed signals are immune to eavesdropping, interference or jamming. The stealthy features of the system make it extremely valuable in healthcare settings as hospitals struggle with meeting government mandated patient privacy rules. Due to the random nature of TrackIT's timing schemes, there appears to be virtually no limit to the number of UWB signals that can share the same airwaves. This translates into several thousand tags being simultaneously tracked by the TrackIT system at any one given time.

Every mobile phone works today by using spread spectrum which involves splitting a broadcast among many radio frequencies. But where spread spectrum uses just a few dozen frequencies and uses them one at a time, the system uses multiple frequencies and uses them all at the same time. This means the data-carrying capacity of UWB is weighty, up to 10 megabits per second! This is enough bandwidth to move all types of diagnostic images and other patient data fast across the network, putting it in front of the doctor within seconds. When every second counts, the system comes through reliably, efficiently, and securely.

 

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