The bread and butter for Awarepoint’s real-time location systems has been tracking patients, providers, mobile assets and workflows. But new and existing clients are adding on a few new functions: refrigerator monitoring and using RTLS to track adherence to hand hygiene and equipment cleaning policies, according to Awarepoint CEO Jay Deady during an interview at the HIMSS12 Conference in Las Vegas.

The Joint Commission now requires temperature monitoring for refrigerators housing products such as blood, vaccines and other biological agents. That has spurred Awarepoint clients to deploy a system that connects wireless sensors in refrigerators to a monitoring application. “We haven’t signed on a new client without the refrigerator monitoring component for a couple years,” Deady said. Awarepoint’s RTLS devices, which operate on the Zigbee wireless spectrum, are plugged into standard electrical outlets.

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