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October 25, 2010

Healthcare Technology and News: Awarepoint Spreads Awareness for Wireless Sensor Networks in Hospitals



ZigBee-based wireless sensor networks are ideal for use in acute care hospitals and beyond, noted Matt Perkins, chief technology officer and senior vice president of engineering at Awarepoint, a provider of ZigBee-based real-time location solutions (RTLS) for healthcare.

Perkins recently addressed attendees about real-time location, condition sensing and ZigBee-based wireless sensor networks for use in acute care hospitals and beyond at the 2010 Mobile Health Expo. 

Those attending Awarepoint's 'Transformational Services Track' breakout session will get useful insight about Real-time Location System (RTLS) applications in hospitals. Perkins will describe in detail, at the session, the benefits of knowing location, status and movement of assets, patients, healthcare workers, visitors, vendors and any other resources or people within the hospital infrastructure. 

In addition, the session will also cover how ZigBee-based wireless sensor networks offer a promising solution for a variety of healthcare applications beyond acute care hospitals.

The session was held at the Las Vegas Caesars Palace Convention Center, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas, NV 89109, during the Mobile Health Expo, Oct. 19 to Oct. 21. 

Prior to working at Awarepoint, Matt Perkins worked 10 years at Motorola as technical director of the Things-to-Things Research Center. At Motorola, Perkins was responsible for aligning business partnerships with technology roadmaps, directing strategic joint research related to distributed sensor networks and leading the development of Motorola's Asset Tracking and Smart Energy technologies.

In addition to leading research on radio-location technologies and wireless sensor network protocol development, Perkins contributed to the IEEE 802.15.4 and IEEE 802.15.3 standards and actively participates in the ZigBee Alliance.

Read a related wireless article on HealthTechZone “Verizon Wireless Expands 3G Network in Massachusetts.”


Anuradha Shukla is a contributing editor for HealthTechZone. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jaclyn Allard




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