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