Tuesday, 21 May 2013 16:30

Spectralink Safe aids healthcare workplace safety

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Spectralink is adding a panic button and fall detection to its Wi-Fi handsets aimed at the healthcare sector.

Spectralink, a specialist provider of wireless onsite mobility products, became an independent company once again last December when it was divested by Polycom, which owned the company for around five years.

The company produces DECT and Wi-Fi handsets, base stations, and related equipment and services. Spectralink senior product manager Richard Harvey noted that Spectralink is the only provider of Wi-Fi handsets that have been certified for use with Microsoft Lync.

A newly announced feature is Spectralink Safe - the provision of a panic button and 'man down' detection on Wi-Fi handsets.

Aimed at the healthcare market, the idea is that nurses can summon emergency assistance by pressing a single button on the handset.

Man down detection generates an alert when the handset detects that its user has fallen and has not returned to their feet within a certain period.

There is also provision for detecting that the user is running, which would generally indicate an emergency situation.

Spectralink Safe can integrate with location systems in order to route alerts to appropriate staff members who are in the vicinity of a manual or automatic call for assistance.

Spectralink's 15-year relationship with Australian distributor Wavelink continues. Wavelink is "one of our most skilled partners," sales manager for EMEA and APAC Bo Jordansen told iTWire.


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Stephen Withers

Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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