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Ekahau RTLS Enables Asset and Temperature Tracking in Five VISN-10 Veterans Health Administration Hospitals and Two Clinics
Date:10/21/2013

RESTON, Va., Oct. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Ekahau Inc., the high-performance leader in Real-Time Location Systems (RTLS) today announced that its RFID-over-Wi-Fi™ asset and temperature tracking solution was implemented over the Cisco WLAN by VetFed and Shipcom Wireless Inc. consortium, across seven Veterans Health Administration (VHA) VISN-10 medical centers in Ohio. The Veterans Health Administration's VISN-10 RTLS project helps improve patient care while allowing administrators to gain dynamic visibility into day-to-day operations, share data across facilities, and improve operational efficiency. The award value for the RTLS contract was $22,561,455 and the initial installation of the five-year project was completed in September 2013.

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The VISN-10 RTLS project includes approximately 10,000 Ekahau active RFID asset tags affixed to medical equipment, enabling caregivers to quickly locate equipment on web-based maps and alarming if equipment leaves designated zones, to prevent accidental removal. Additionally, 750 Ekahau temperature sensors continually record and report the real-time temperatures of tissue and blood refrigeration units in order to prevent loss and spoilage.

The VISN-10 RTLS project was designed for high-availability (HA) and is fully integrated with the Shipcom Catamaran unified platform supporting stable and scalable mobility, barcode, RFID, GPS, GPRS, and RTLS architectures. Ekahau RTLS was also integrated with Cisco's Mobility Services (MSE) which streamlines Wi-Fi-based RTLS adoption in large scale deployments such as VISN-10.

VetFed's CEO Al Giambone and Shipcom's EVP Rajeev Varshneya note, "We selected Ekahau RTLS for VISN-10 because it's completely wire-free, operating over the existing Cisco Wireless LAN across multiple facilities, and offers a variety of tags combined with a Location Engine that delivers the VA's required accuracy."

"We are once again proud to work with VetFed and Shipcom, to help the Veterans Administration improve patient care and operational efficiency with our RTLS solution," said Mark Norris, President and CEO of Ekahau.

Ekahau RTLS is also deployed in multiple Department of Defense (DoD) hospitals including a variety of Navy, Army and Airforce medical facilities and one of the largest single site deployments of RTLS at Brooke Army Medical Center, with approximately 10,000 tags.

About VetFed

VetFed Resources, Inc. is a Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia. VetFed partners bring expertise in federal health and medical programs, veterans' affairs, emergency preparedness and response, acquisitions planning, and staffing solutions. With broad expertise in civilian agencies and DOD, VetFed Resources, Inc. offers innovative and responsive management and technical solutions to today's most pressing problems. Visit: www.vetfed.com.

About Shipcom

Shipcom Wireless Inc. is a minority owned business headquartered in Houston, TX. With its enterprise class AIDC and Supply Chain Management Platform - CATAMARAN®, Shipcom brings over 15 years of expertise and experience in implementing complex solutions incorporating all of the existing and emerging AIDC technologies with best practices in supply chain management in conjunction with SAP and Oracle. Shipcom has implemented Healthcare RTLS/RFID solution in over 400 installations in Healthcare, Supply Chain Management, Manufacturing and O&G industries in 27 countries. Learn more about Shipcom at: www.shipcomwireless.com.

About Ekahau Inc.

Ekahau Inc. is the performance leader in providing Real-Time Location Systems - RTLS (RFID-over-Wi-Fi™). Ekahau Vision™ software and Wi-Fi-based tags give staff and managers unprecedented visibility into the location, condition and status of assets, people and workflows. Thousands of Fortune 500 companies, hospitals and other facilities rely on Ekahau's patented technology to reveal business intelligence that drives decision-making. Ekahau partners include Aruba, Ascom, Cisco, IBM, Schneider Electric and leading wireless software developers, systems integrators and WLAN providers. Learn more about Business Intelligence Through Location at: www.ekahau.com  or on the Ekahau Blog, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Contact: Paul C. DiPerna  
Ph: +1 781 684 0770  
Paul.diperna@schwartzmsl.com    


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