ANS Group Plc

February 25, 2008 03:00 ET

ANS Group First to Market with Voice Based Asset Tracking

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Feb. 25, 2008) - The Board of ANS Group, a leading UK Technology Solutions group, is pleased to announce it will be the first to install a totally unique voice-based asset-tracking solution. Based on Cisco Wireless technology, the solution is targeted for use within the NHS or any Healthcare organisation with dispersed staff, patients and resources in order to keep track of valuable assets and equipment, and will mean improved staff and equipment utilisation and increased security.

In today's Healthcare environments, improving operational efficiency and reducing costs whilst improving service to the patient are a constant challenge. ANS's asset tracking solution helps to address these challenges using the latest RFID and Cisco Wi-Fi technology.

The solution allows Healthcare staff to locate resources and communicate with other staff. Using the tracking system, a registered user will be able to walk up to a fixed handset, or operate a wireless IP Telephony device, dial a pre-fixed number, and ask the system where the required resource is using voice commands or a simple menu. The system will then integrate with the Cisco Wireless network to find the nearest available resource to that person.

Sheffield Children's' Hospital is very keen to use a variant of the solution designed to allow parents to securely telephone into their child's allocated bed via their new bed head entertainment/telephony system for the patients and families, without cost, unlike other products in use which charge people on an expensive time basis. This system will enhance support in location-based tracking elements. There are also a number of other NHS Trusts that are interested in piloting the solution.

Clive Sawkins, Director of Unified Communications for Cisco Europe, commented: "It is great to see a partner such as ANS Group showing innovation around our UC and wireless solutions. Cisco solutions help the NHS to enhance patient care and provide a robust network to run mission critical applications. We are excited to see Sheffield Children's Hospital taking advantage of these solutions."

Scott Fletcher, Chairman of ANS Group, added: "We are delighted to be the first to market with a voice-based asset-tracking solution based on Cisco Technology. There are numerous benefits that such a solution offers to our customers and is ideal for the NHS.

"The system will offer increased operational efficiency, cost effectiveness, whilst reducing clinical risk and improving service to patients. We hope to assist in its roll out throughout the NHS in the coming months."

The directors of the issuer accept responsibility for this announcement.

About ANS Group

ANS Group is a technology infrastructure specialist in the provision of hardware, software and 24/7 managed services to UK Enterprise businesses. Operating within both public and private sectors, its leading and award-winning solutions are offered in three key areas;

- Security & Identity Management

- Unified Communications & Wireless

- Storage, Storage Management & Virtualisation

Based in Manchester, ANS Group delivers consistently high levels of customer service through all project deployments and ongoing support to its 400 plus client base. Working closely with key partners Cisco, Hitachi Data Systems, Microsoft, Novell, and Smart Identity allows ANS Group to offer an unrivalled level of expertise and experience in the multifaceted industry of IT.

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