Hospital Selects Inovonics’ Mobile Duress, Location and Mass Notification System

ORLANDO, Fla. — Inovonics announced Monday that Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell, S.D., has selected its Radius mobile duress, location and mass notification security solution to enhance overall staff, patient and public safety at the facility.

The Avera Queen of Peace Hospital is a state-of-the-art, 120-bed, full-service medical care facility. It offers a cancer clinic, full OBGYN care, dialysis, cardiology, emergency and outpatient services, among many other health care services.

The Radius installation, which spans more than 200,000 square feet in several multi-story buildings, provides location of mobile duress alerts for key hospital staff. The system also is used for environmental and temperature monitoring for food safety.

“Avera Queen of Peace Hospital is the perfect setting for Radius,” explained Mark Jarman, president of Inovonics. “A hospital campus setting such as this, which has multiple floors and multiple buildings requires instant location identification and notification when help is needed fast. Radius offers these capabilities allowing key hospital personnel to quickly find people who are in need of assistance and take immediate action to ensure the highest quality of staff, patient and public safety.”

Radius monitors any of Inovonics’ security sensors or end devices and interfaces to fire, access control and environmental monitoring systems, providing instant notification to mass communication alert devices. When a security or life threatening event occurs, the alert is automatically transmitted to Radius. Once the signal is received, the system processes and locates the position of the event and alerts the appropriate authorities. Radius can work alone or be integrated with other safety/security systems. The key features and benefits of Radius include:

  • Location: Radius allows for mobile duress applications by accurately determining where an alarm is coming from within a building or campus setting. It allows users to locate employees, faculty or students immediately when they signal for help.
  • Monitoring: Radius works with the complete line of Inovonics end devices, including pendant transmitters, universal transmitters, and motion detectors. It also supports integration with Inovonics’ extensive list of system partners who provide fire extinguisher monitoring, wireless perimeter beams, fence tilt sensors, man hole cover monitoring, water sensors, and a host of many other types of solutions. Radius also can alert users even when people are not present, such as after-hours. The sooner users are notified of an issue, the faster they can take action.
  • Notification: Radius coordinates event monitoring and mass notification. It communicates information from in-building systems and routes them to alert devices, such as pagers, emails and mobile phones using text messaging or voice mail. Radius also packages multiple in-building systems into a single notification solution allowing for more efficient and quicker responses.

Avera Queen of Peace Hospital completed installing the Radius system in four days. The campus wide system consists of a server, a repeater and locator network, and approximately 100 wireless sensors which include mobile panic buttons, temperature sensors and other fixed mount devices.

“Our desire it to ensure the utmost quality of care and safety of our staff, patients and the public at large,” said Jim Buck, director of environmental services, at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital. “Because of our previous experience using Inovonics’ wireless network offerings, we are confident that selecting Radius as our premier safety and security solution was the perfect choice for our hospital.”

Read the press release.

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