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Forbes.com - February 10, 2005
5G Wireless Successfully Launches Wi-Fi Technology for New York City Nursing Center
02.10.05, 11:44 AM ET
Feb 10, 2005 (financialwire.net via COMTEX) -- February 10, 2005 (FinancialWire) 5G Wireless Communications (OTCBB: FGWC) said its 5G Wireless Solutions unit is successfully providing Wi-Fi technology to the DeWitt Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in New York city.
After reviewing several alternatives, the company said DeWitt selected 5G Wireless Solutions to implement a broadband wireless network throughout its Upper East Side high-rise facility servicing 499 beds.
The 5G platform effectively leverages its superior range and "outside-in," non-line-of-sight (NLOS) capabilities to create a Wi-Fi Hotzone(TM) throughout the 17 story building. Using only 7 indoor access points, 5G was able to achieve the same coverage as the next nearest competitor who would have required 3 access points per floor, or a total of 54, to cover the building.
"5G's ability to do more with less was the key determining factor in awarding them this contract," stated Aidan Keane, IT Director for the DeWitt Center. "Less hardware translates to easier installation and network administration, and results in the lowest possible total cost of ownership."
"Again, we're seeing our value proposition -- high performance at low cost -- in action," added Peter Mansfield, 5G Wireless Solutions VP of Marketing. "Long-term care facilities like DeWitt represent a breakthrough application and exciting new market for 5G Wireless. We will be actively pursuing opportunities in this industry, which is expected to grow as baby boomers reach retirement age in the years ahead."
According to the American Health Care Association, there are currently 16,000 nursing facilities serving 1.4 million patients in the U.S. For years, long-term care practitioners have created paper-driven care plans in an attempt to present an accurate picture of a resident's daily needs and quality of life. But paper-driven systems often preclude efficient data sharing and updating, which are critical in maintaining quality.
The wireless network is integrated with a new configurable software protocol that assesses residents' current conditions and types of services required. It then tracks completion of nursing tasks and makes this data immediately available to management. The network also makes wireless internet access available to any resident desiring to get online.
Since the long-term care industry is one of the most highly regulated and information intense fields in the U.S. today, it represents a perfect candidate for low cost/high performance wireless solutions. With nurses being held increasingly responsible for the precision of data reporting, handheld wireless devices are becoming essential. And, as these data sets directly impact a facility's level of compensation, wireless technology can significantly enhance both business operations and the quality of life for those in their care.
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