Meeting demand for in-building wireless

Expert offers best ways to create in-building network with DAS
By Jeff Rowe
07:49 AM

With mobile technologies becoming central to the operation of a hospital, it’s more important than ever for doctors and other healthcare providers to be able to move anywhere in the hospital without losing wireless access.

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“In-building wireless” will continue to be a challenge for IT directors as more files and larger files eat up precious bandwidth.

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Bryce Bregen of Connectivity Wireless, has been helping hospitals meet the demand for in-building wireless with “Distributed Antenna Systems,” or DAS and 4G LTE  while preparing for the next generation of wireless, 5G, which is expected in the United States by 2016 or 2017.  

Bregen will explain the solutions available to build a successful in-building wireless network at the  mHealth Summit on Tuesday, December 10.

5G, he believes, will be a game changer, as it will enable providers to pull up and use any kind of information, including heavy bandwidth users such as video files, from any source in any location. And that, of course, will have potentially dramatic implications for the use of an array of mHealth applications and telemedicine services.

In addition to expanding the use of mHealth technologies, Bregen said the move to 5G will enable hospitals and other in-building wireless users to manage their overall bandwidth more efficiently.

“They’ll be looking to offload traffic so as to be able to operate their businesses better,” he said, going on to explain that, for medical facilities, that will involve more effectively separating patient or guest bandwidth use from provider use. Until then, careful planning and deployment of internal antennas can help bridge the gap.

Find more information on this and other mHealth Summit presentations here.

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