Cambridge tracking tech heading to hospitals

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Clever tracking tech developed in Cambridge is being deployed in healthcare.

Radio-frequency identification (RFID) developer, PervasID, has partnered with Harland Simon, a UK tracking solutions provider to bring RFID technology to the healthcare market.

PervasID’s technology will be rolled out with Harland Simon’s existing range of tracking tools which are used by a growing number of hospitals in the UK to monitor the location of mobile medical equipment.

Part of the PervasID technology to be used is the SpaceRanger 9200, a ceiling tile reader which monitors a wide areas in real time. The detector, which PervasID says offers ‘near 100 per cent’ accuracy, uses a network of low profile flat ceiling tile antennae to monitor the entirety of the floor with simple installation, at a low cost.

Harland Simon’s healthcare director of commercial operations, Andy James, said the Cambridge-based RFID provider stood out for its “unrivalled speed and accuracy at an affordable price.”

The new reader technology has already been rolled out in a trial at NHS Forth Valley and Cambridge University Hospital and is set to support NHS Trusts in the for the logistics labelling initiative, Scan4Safety.

Dr. Sabesan Sithamparanatha, PervasID CEO said: “We are confident that the PervasID range of UHF readers will help deliver further cost savings and create additional efficiency improvements in the NHS arena.”

PervasID is based at St John’s Innovation Centre in Cambridge and its technology is based on research from Cambridge University. It received a £720,000 investment from Cambridge Enterprise, Cambridge Innovation Capital and a private investor in October 2016 .

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