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Denmark's Mega Hospital Works On Mega RFID Deployment
- Jul 02, 2016 -

Once construction is completed, Denmark's New University Hospital (DNU) is expected to be the largest facility of its kind throughout Northern Europe, with a capacity for treating approximately 100,000 inpatient visitors annually and another 900,000 as outpatients. DNU will include an automated system to ensure that it can manage the mammoth amount of assets and individuals moving around its facility. About one-fourth of the construction work is now finished, with the entire facility anticipated be in operation in 2019. The RFID deployment is currently in its first phase.

DNU's management forecasts that tracking people and assets around the mega hospital will be a monumental task for numerous departments. By attaching passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID tags to equipment and then having patients and personnel wear similar tags, DNU officials expect that task will be simplified. DNU commenced its RFID installation in September 2013. Once the deployment is finished three years from now, it will include a total of 350,000 tagged assets and individuals (including 9,500 employees), the tags of which will be interrogated by 2,500 Zebra Technologies FX7500 fixed readers, each with one to three Zebra AN480 RFID antennas. This, the hospital reports, will be the world's largest RFID tracking installation of its kind.


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