Real-time Location Systems (RTLS) In Healthcare: Wi-Not Wi-Fi?
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Overview: CIOs must ask some very important questions to appraise the cost and value of Wi-Fi-based RTLS: Are you really using existing infrastructure? What is the cost (in time and expertise) for on-going maintenance of Wi-Fi RTLS? How will Wi-Fi RTLStraffic affect your network? The “just add water” story Wi-Fi marketers publicize loses steam in real-world applications. Once you’ve optimized your Wi-Fi infrastructure for RTLS, you will need extensive location planning of highly trained individuals to keep it calibrated. Hospital administrators who select Wi-Fi-based RTLS will be quickly disenchanted to find that with the increased “noise” Wi-Fi RTLS tags generate, Wi-Fi communications performance will degrade.