WLAN-based real-time asset tracking system in healthcare environments

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10 Scopus citations

Abstract

In the busy and crowded environment of health care, accurate location information of mobile medical devices and personnel (e.g. patients or physicians) is often a major challenge. In this paper, we present a real-time asset tracking system deployed within a hospital clinic setting, which tracked a set of mobile assets using small WiFi tags. The deployed system utilized radio signals received from wireless access points to estimate location of tagged assets. The system performed with resolution of within 1.5 meters, which is an acceptable range in such an environment. We developed a web-based graphical interface and a data management system which was capable of tracking and reporting status of an asset and providing an alert signal when it moved out of a designated area. Additionally, detailed logs of asset tracking information were available for archival purposes. This deployment demonstrates the feasibility of a Wi-Fi based positioning system in dynamic medical environments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication3rd IEEE International Conference on Wireless and Mobile Computing, Networking and Communications, WiMob 2007
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages71
Number of pages1
ISBN (Print)0769528899, 9780769528892
DOIs
StatePublished - 2007
Event3rd IEEE International Conference on Wireless and Mobile Computing, Networking and Communications, WiMob 2007 - White Plains, NY, United States
Duration: Oct 8 2007Oct 10 2007

Publication series

Name3rd IEEE International Conference on Wireless and Mobile Computing, Networking and Communications, WiMob 2007

Conference

Conference3rd IEEE International Conference on Wireless and Mobile Computing, Networking and Communications, WiMob 2007
CountryUnited States
CityWhite Plains, NY
Period10/8/0710/10/07

Keywords

  • Asset tracking
  • Wi-Fi positioning
  • Wireless local area networks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Communication
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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