UWB Gaining Ground in Healthcare Real-Time Location System (RTLS) Market
ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Time Domain Corporation (http://www.timedomain.com), a leader in precision ultra wideband (UWB) real- time location systems (RTLS), today demonstrated its Precision Location Ultra Wideband System (PLUS) product line at the HIMSS08 healthcare conference and exhibition (Booth # 2377). PLUS, which employs Time Domain's patented UWB technology, enables RTLS solutions to move from an "approximate presence" technology to a solution that precisely locates and monitors the interaction of people and assets for a host of new healthcare applications. PLUS can read thousands of small, active RFID tags per second through multiple walls with a precision of 12-36 inches.
UWB technology significantly improves the management of assets through accurate real-time monitoring and location information. In the healthcare market, this can increase asset utilization, staff efficiency, and workflow; definitively link an asset to a business process for auditing or compliance; improve billing accuracy, and reduce leasing, service and capital equipment expenses.
The key to PLUS' precision and high-tag throughput is the company's 6.4 GHz ultra wideband pulse-based technology. Unlike other RFID RTLS technologies such as UHF, Zigbee and Wi-Fi, ultra wideband active tags emit a burst of extremely short pulses once a second which, when read and processed by a time difference of arrival (TDOA) algorithm, provides inches of accuracy in 2-D and multi-floor environments. This short pulse approach also provides precise location accuracy in "noisy" indoor environments where wiring and metal fixtures are often problematic for other RTLS systems.
"PLUS solves the problem of locating and accurately linking healthcare
staff, patients and equipment in a single room," said Greg Clawson, vice
president of sales and m
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