AeroScout Adds WiFi Humidity, Temperature Monitoring for Patients

By PRESS RELEASE — April 07, 2009

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. -- AeroScout, Inc., the leading provider of Unified Asset Visibility for the healthcare industry announced a new Humidity Monitoring solution and two new Temperature Sensor Tags, designed to enhance its existing Condition Monitoring solution. With these new products, AeroScout continues to lead the market with the most comprehensive Condition Monitoring solution, which leverages standard Wi-Fi networks and helps healthcare providers reduce costs, while improving patient safety and regulatory compliance.

Humidity monitoring is vital in hospital environments, such as in operating rooms, patient rooms and medical and surgical supply rooms. High humidity levels can promote the growth of mold, fungus and mites and lead to respiratory infections, thus creating unsafe conditions for both patients and staff. High humidity can also lead to sterilization problems for stored surgical equipment. The Joint Commission and other regulatory bodies require hospitals to conduct routine checks of humidity, maintain records of humidity levels and log the corrective actions taken when levels exceed acceptable ranges. Manual humidity monitoring, however, can be a time-consuming and unreliable process. With the new AeroScout Humidity Monitoring solution, healthcare providers can automatically and accurately monitor humidity levels in sensitive environments, saving time and improving results.

The new AeroScout T5h Tag has an integrated humidity and temperature sensor and sends regular updates over the Wi-Fi network of the measured relative humidity and temperature. These battery-powered tags are easily mounted on walls in specific rooms and require no hard wiring. AeroScout MobileView software is the front-end application for humidity monitoring and provides hospital map views displaying humidity levels in rooms, automated alerts for out-of-range humidity levels and sophisticated reporting and logging tools to facilitate regulatory compliance.

AeroScout is also introducing two new Temperature Sensor Tags. The Wi-Fi Tags have an external temperature probe connected by a cable and come in two models:

  • Tag for accurately measuring temperatures as low as -70 degrees Celsius
  • Tag for accurately measuring temperatures as low as -100 degrees Celsius

The new tags are able to monitor very low temperatures at which sensitive materials such as bacteria, DNA, cells and tissues must be stored. In addition, the temperature probes can be used for potting", in cases where it is required to place the sensor probe in liquid that has similar thermal properties to the monitored item.

Since the AeroScout solution leverages existing hospital Wi-Fi networks, it enables rapid deployment with the lowest total cost of ownership and does not require a dedicated sensor network. The new Condition Monitoring products further enhance the capabilities of AeroScout's Unified Asset Visibility solution, which provides true enterprise visibility over a single infrastructure for the location, status and condition of assets and people.

"These new products extend our healthcare market leadership position by enabling us to offer a comprehensive Condition Monitoring solution for all of a healthcare organization's needs," said Gabi Daniely, vice president of marketing and product strategy at AeroScout. We continue to develop mission-critical solutions that leverage standard Wi-Fi networks for our healthcare customers, enabling them to gain additional value from their investments and improve patient safety."

AeroScout is the market leader in Unified Asset Visibility solutions. Customers improve operational efficiency using AeroScout products that leverage standard Wi-Fi networks to track and manage the location, condition and status of mobile assets and people.

AeroScout's global customer base consists of leading hospital, manufacturing and logistics organizations, including many of the Fortune 500. The company invented the first Wi-Fi-based Active RFID tag, and today is widely recognized as leading the market in number of deployments and tags shipped. Headquartered in Redwood City, California, AeroScout has offices in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia and Latin America.

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