SOURCE: Awarepoint Corporation

Awarepoint Corporation

February 26, 2009 10:00 ET

Skytron Expands Its Distributor Partnership With Awarepoint

Exclusivity Broadens Awarepoint Presence in Hospitals and International Markets

GRAND RAPIDS, MI and SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - February 26, 2009) - Skytron today announced the extension of their distributor relationship with Awarepoint Corporation (www.awarepoint.com), a provider of real-time location system (RTLS) solutions. Under the terms of the contract, Skytron's North American network of independent distributors will exclusively offer the patented Awarepoint RTLS technology, marketed under the name, 'Skytron Asset Manager, powered by Awarepoint,' to hospitals nationwide and international markets.

Skytron is an OEM distributor, and represents more than 20 different manufacturers around the world. "Our partnering philosophy allows us to search the world for the best technology," said Dave Mehney, President and CEO of Skytron. "Skytron recognized early on that RTLS offered one of the most promising solutions to an extensive array of resource management and workflow problems in healthcare and after spending several years researching RTLS, Awarepoint emerged as the leading choice. The recent RTLS deployment of Jackson Health System (www.awarepoint.com/documents/JacksonAnnouncement_FINAL20090213.pdf) which covers 17 buildings and 91 floors, could not easily have been installed and running in six weeks with any other RTLS player in the market. We are honored to have secured the exclusive contract to distribute Awarepoint RTLS technologies to hospitals."

Unlike other RTLS asset management technologies, Awarepoint's ZigBee sensor network (www.awarepoint.com/tech_independent.html) needs no hardwiring or fixed infrastructure: wireless sensors simply plug into electrical outlets to form the enterprise-wide self-healing Awarenet™ mesh network, then small, battery-powered tags are securely attached to assets, which are tracked and managed using a web-based search engine and business intelligence reporting tools.

The Skytron contract further expands the Company's growth to the Canadian, Mexican, Caribbean, Central and South American international markets. "Although we've always realized there is enormous worldwide potential for wireless location services, up to now, Awarepoint has been cautious to expand internationally. Finding a distributor we could trust was a challenge, along with understanding potentially complex trade barriers," said Jason Howe, CEO of Awarepoint. "Our strong partnership and trust in Skytron has been the catalyst for this vast growth potential. We look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship for years to come."

Skytron and its distributor network have been in the hospital business for 37 years, so they understand better than most, that in today's unprecedented economic times, what hospitals don't know can cost them. Tracking resources in real time with 'Skytron Asset Manager, powered by Awarepoint,' is proven to have a hard dollar return on investment in areas such as reduced shrinkage, increased equipment utilization and associated capital budget reductions, and slashing rental costs. When you pair this with the improved productivity that allows staff to do more with less, the win is obvious.

"Skytron Asset Manager RTLS will be the answer to many of our customers' needs as they are faced with limited capital budgets and increased demands to reduce cost. Rarely is there a technology that answers the needs of the customer better," added Tom Maher, Senior Vice President of Sales for Skytron.

About Skytron

Skytron provides innovative and efficient medical equipment solutions for a variety of healthcare settings and hospital departments, and is recognized across North America for the highest quality products, extensive product menu and exceptional customer service. Skytron products include: general purpose and specialty surgical tables; imaging tables; full line surgical table accessories; surgical lighting, SkyVision O.R. video & data integration; emergency, procedure and exam lighting; birthing room, cath lab & ICU lighting; camera systems; space management and detachable equipment carrier skybooms; smoke evacuation systems; stainless steel storage cabinets; O.R. nurse documentation centers; warming cabinets; scrub sinks; washer-disinfectors, technology management programs, Turn-key Surgical Centers and the Skytron Asset Manager RFID-RTLS total asset management solutions. Since 1972, Skytron has remained true to their commitment of "customer service first, everything else will follow." For more information on Skytron's quality products, visit www.skytron.us.

About Awarepoint

Awarepoint's Active RFID technologies and real time location systems (RTLSs) include its real time awareness platform, firmware, RFID tags, sensors, and bridges. Awarepoint's technologies collect raw sensor data and transform that data into high-value positioning information that can be used to add location awareness to a variety of healthcare, manufacturing, security and other applications. Requiring no hard wiring, Awarepoint's "plug and track" network is a fully managed service, including hardware, software, remote monitoring and maintenance. The company is headquartered in San Diego, California, and serves hospitals across the United States through a national sales and operations workforce. Track us down at www.awarepoint.com

ZigBee: Wireless Control that Simply Works

The ZigBee Alliance is an association of companies working together to enable reliable, cost-effective low power, wirelessly networked monitoring and control products based on an open global standard. The ZigBee alliance is a rapidly growing non-profit industry consortium of leading of semiconductor manufacturers, technology providers, OEMs, and end-users worldwide. Membership is open to all. Additional information can be found at http://www.ZigBee.org

Contact Information


  • Contacts:

    Randy Tomaszewski
    Skytron
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    Phone: 616 656 1562
    Fax: 616 656 1563

    Xenia Moore
    Moore Media Relations
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    Phone 619 275 0185
    Fax 619 374 2596

    Valerie Fritz
    Awarepoint
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    Phone 858 345 5009