SOURCE: Skytron


June 16, 2010 16:00 ET

University of Mississippi Medical Center Selects Skytron, Powered by Awarepoint, for Their Real-Time Location System - Asset Tracking Solution

RTLS Deployment Comprises 1.9 Million Square Feet and 6,000 Assets Under Management

GRAND RAPIDS, MI--(Marketwire - June 16, 2010) - Skytron, a division of the KMW Group, Inc., announced that University of Mississippi Medical Center has selected the company's Real-time Location (RTLS) solution, powered by Awarepoint, to automatically track and manage over 6,000 hospital assets throughout their 756 beds and 1.9 million square foot facility.

"Optimizing the utilization of infusion pumps and other mobile assets such as telemetry, wheelchairs and other mobile assets were critical goals for the UMMC healthcare system. RTLS asset tracking and management provides us a better way to deliver care, locate our assets and use them more efficiently," said Ed Smith, Executive Director of Supply Chain Management at UMMC.

"We're pleased to be a part of the UMMC RTLS asset management solution," said David M. Mehney, President and CEO of Skytron. "Skytron Asset Manager, powered by Awarepoint, will help improve workflows while delivering cost saving and equipment utilization benefits, positively impacting patient care and operational efficiency."

"The speed and ease of a complete and reliable installation were important also to UMMC. The even larger benefits of RTLS enterprise-wide awareness will continue long afterwards, including the continuous support of our client success team and ongoing account management support to assure it, enhancing both clinical and financial outcomes well into the future," said Awarepoint Senior VP of Marketing, Valerie Fritz.

The 100% wireless infrastructure enabled quick installation without disrupting patient care throughout the entire enterprise. Skytron asset tags, powered by Awarepoint, broadcast low power radio messages which enable UMMC to quickly locate specific assets and provide real-time information about their movement and status. The installation provides true hospital-wide awareness -- not only room-level, but persistent accuracy across the entire hospital footprint. With easy access to the RTLS system via a desktop icon, all authorized employees can easily locate needed equipment as well as the nearest available equipment in real time situations.

About University of Mississippi Medical Center

University of Mississippi Medical Center is the state's only academic health science center and encompasses six health science schools: medicine, nursing, dentistry, health related professions, graduate studies and pharmacy covering 164 acres in the heart of Jackson, MS. UMMC provides wide ranging patient care programs, including the state's only children's hospital, a women and infants' hospital and a critical care hospital. The UMMC healthcare system offers the only level one trauma center, level three neonatal intensive care nursery and organ transplant programs in the state, in addition to many other referral services

About Skytron

Skytron medical equipment is designed to optimize healthcare delivery with innovative and flexible solutions that advance patient care and safety, improve workflows and efficiency, boost productivity and maximize the quality of patient care, including RTLS awareness management, hybrid rooms, LED surgical lighting, surgical tables, booms, digital OR integration and more. Skytron has partnered with Awarepoint as the exclusive sales, distribution and support for RTLS awareness in the U.S. Hospital market. For more information, visit us at

About Awarepoint

Awarepoint's real-time location systems (RTLS) include its real-time awareness platform, firmware, active RFID tags, sensors, and bridges. Requiring no hard wiring, Awarepoint's "plug and track" ZigBee-based wireless sensor network is a fully managed service, including hardware, software, remote monitoring and maintenance. The company is headquartered in San Diego, California and serves its hospital customers across the United States through a distribution agreement with Skytron. Track us down at

Contact Information

  • Bryant Broder
    Senior Product Manager
    (616) 656-1560
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    Valerie Fritz
    Senior VP of Marketing
    (858) 345-5009
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