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MEPS Real-Time Selects Ethertronics' Active Antenna Technology to Ensure Accurate Medication Dispensing and Inventories

Mon, 08/01/2011 - 8:42am
Bio-Medicine.Org

CARLSBAD and SAN DIEGO, Calif., Aug. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Ethertronics, a technology company enabling innovative antenna and RF solutions to deliver the best connected experience, today announced that its active antenna technology has been selected by MEPS Real-Time for its Intelliguard RFID Solutions for Critical Inventory. This selection is the latest example of Ethertronics' ability to provide advanced RF and antenna system solutions where high performance and reliability are critical.

The Intelliguard system uses RFID readers in its Pharmacy Reader, Automated Dispensing Cabinet (ADC) and Patient Bedside Reader to interrogate the RFID tags affixed to the medications. Intelliguard provides real-time visibility of inventory, ensuring medications are available when needed, and inventory costs are reduced since lower stock levels are needed and medication expiration dates are properly managed. This system improves patient care by freeing up nursing and pharmacy staff from manually counting stock levels, making sure medication is available, and verifying the correct medication is dispensed and administered.

With the addition of Ethertronics' active antenna technology, Intelliguard is now better able to ensure accurate readings even in the most challenging RF environments. The ADC contains RF shielding to ensure the RFID reader identifies only the tags on medications stored inside, and not the tags on medications already removed but located within the room. The RF shielding's high reflection environment causes antenna detuning making it extremely difficult for passive antenna technologies to read the RFID tags. Ethertronics' advanced RF antenna system is able to offset the shielding through dynamic tuning of the antenna system. The Ethertronics solution also met key requirements such as the ability to rapidly scan across 50, 915MHz ISM (industrial, scientific and medical) band frequency channels, and dynamically tune a multiple-antenna syste

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