8/26/2003 - Parco Wireless has received notification of an equipment authorization awarded by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for the company’s PAL650 UWB Precision Asset Location system. PAL650 utilizes ultra- wide bandwidth pulses to provide sub-foot precision for the two-dimensional and three-dimensional location of tagged objects. Scott Cohen, CEO of Parco Wireless views the FCC’s approval of the company’s transmitting and tracking devices as a major cost savings victory for the organizations that stand ready to benefit from this emerging technology. “The FCC’s endorsement of our UWB wireless transmitters opens the doors for hospital savings, potentially reducing the cost for doing business by hundreds of thousands of dollars each year for every facility that takes advantage of these systems”.
The savings for each institution may be measured in the dramatic reduction of capital assets purchased annually, and well as increased efficiencies of workflow of hospital workers. For largest of the nation’s facilities the savings potential may well be calculated in the millions of dollars each year. According to Mr. Cohen hospitals can realize major increases in efficiency by enjoying a precise accounting of moveable hospital equipment and other assets. “We know of some hospitals that are losing upwards of $75,000 to $100,000 each month directly attributable to lost equipment”. Mr. Cohen adds “for these facilities our systems will provide a return on investment within a matter of a few months.”
The UWB tag itself is roughly the same size of a wristwatch and can transmit continuously for nearly four or five years on a single button cell battery. The PAL650 is designed to be attached or embedded into moveable hospital patient equipment. Once hospital equipment is outfitted with this device hospital staff can readily account for its use status along with its current location to within a foot of accuracy thus saving staff valuable time in managing the utilization of their equipment. Equipment theft by employees or service providers, or loss from patient transfers leaving the facility can be greatly reduced or eliminated.
“This FCC approval now opens up a whole new chest of management tools and processes that hospital CEOs, finance administrators, and nursing administrators can use to plug holes in the continuum of patient care.” says Bertrand Dugal, President of Parco Wireless. “However the biggest winner with this award certification will most likely be the patient. They will be afforded a safer healing environment from better-maintained and cleaner equipment. As well, they will benefit from caregivers with more time to dedicate to their hospital recovery.”
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Parco has established the standard for "Hospital Grade Wireless" (HGW)©. The system's features include: low power output, low probability of detection, electromagnetic compatibility, extreme ease of installation through self-assembling networks, and consistent data transmission rates. Parco is considered the industry leader for Hospital Grade Wireless infrastructure used to address the long-standing problem of data security in the RF sensitive hospital environment. Parco is currently scheduling demonstration sessions by appointment. For more information call (207) 791-2731 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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