Alpha Thunder Tags On Mobile Medical Devices – Intensive Care For i-pads and Tablets
Recently my family and I had the unfortunate experience of needing to spend a lot of time at a local hospital. It was the cause for being at the hospital that was unfortunate, the doctors, nurses and other staff were exceptional and provided great care. A significant amount of my time was spent in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of this hospital and yes, even during this time I could not help but take note of what was going on around me, aside from my reason for being there. I saw doctors on their rounds with medical students using medical tablets to discuss patients, their medical histories, treatments, etc. Although I could not hear everything, nor was I attempting to, I was able to ascertain bits and pieces of conversations even when they were separated from me by several feet. It was obvious there was a significant amount of data and patient information available on those tablets or devices they were using. At one point I was leaving the ICU, which was a very controlled environment requiring a visitor to be buzzed in, and I walked by a counter where a mobile device was unattended and no one in the immediate area. I have a habit of switching gears pretty quickly when it comes to theft and security related issues. Despite what I was going through I could not help but think, “What would happen if someone picked up this device and walked out of here?” It would have been so much more secure if there was an Alpha Thunder Tag attached to it and Classic N10 antennas at both ends of this ICU unit.
An Alpha Thunder Tag is a device that can prevent tablet theft, i-pad theft or the theft of any mobile device. The tag is attached to a mobile device with an adhesive (so eventually it could be removed if needed). When a device is carried too close to a Classic N10 antenna the tag activates an alarm in the antenna that warns employees a potential theft is taking place. Employees responding to the alarm can retrieve the item from the person, whether it was an intentional theft attempt or a doctor or nurse forgetting the item was in a pocket and setting off the alarm. IF someone is attempting a tablet theft, i-pad theft or the theft of any tagged item, the Alpha Thunder Tag has a built in alarm that sounds letting people know the person walking out the door has a stolen item. The antenna may stop sounding, but the Tag keeps alarming.
So I’ve told you about the tag but by now you must be curious about the Checkpoint Classic N10 antenna I’ve mentioned several times. This Checkpoint electronic article surveillance (EAS) antenna is designed to fit into small doorways where traditional EAS antennas won’t fit. Because it is so small, it is perfect for an area like I was visiting in the hospital. The ICU had entryways only from two ends. In order to enter you had to press a buzzer and a nurse would ask why you were there and then push a button to allow access. The hallways were always busy with gurneys and patients being wheeled around in wheelchairs. A traditional antenna would probably have interfered with the traffic in this area. The Classic N10 would fit snuggly by the doorposts and allow access to the ICU or any part of the hospital. The standard antennas would cause any number of headaches as patients would be bumped into the antennas while trying to get them through the doorways.
The possibility of a medical i-pad theft or tablet theft have to be taken seriously. With the information that is being accessed on them, as I was able to determine by watching and listening, there is a huge amount of personal information accessible with these devices. An Alpha Thunder tag on a device and placing Classic N10 antennas at doorways can protect these devices and prevent a possible compromise of patient information.
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