Jan. 18, 2013—Following a request three months ago by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reevaluate its contract with Hewlett Packard's HP Enterprise Services division to implement real-time location system (RTLS) technology at its hospitals (see VA to Reassess Contract, Proposals for Nationwide RTLS Deployments), the VA has again awarded the contract to HP. The $543 million contract, awarded shortly after Jan. 1, 2013, covers the deployment of RTLS technology, including passive and active radio frequency identification tags and readers, at 152 medical centers and 1,400 ancillary facilities. Following several months of review, the VA once more selected HP this week for the Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract.
The technology is intended to improve health-care efficiency via a variety of RTLS hospital solutions. The five-year contract was initially awarded in June 2012 (see RFID News Roundup: Veterans Affairs Awards $543 Million RTLS Contract to HP to Cover All VA Hospitals, Clinics), following evaluation of RTLS technology for a separate contract at one network known as the Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 11 (see Veterans Affairs Implementing RTLS Across Seven Midwest Hospitals). VISN 11's RTLS deployments, being overseen by HP Enterprise Services, are expected to be taken live by this summer.
More at link: http://www.rfidjournal.com/article/artic...10328/1/1/
You don't put in a RTLS system, into any place, unless you plan on tracking objects and humans using RFID.
This stuff is coming on strong folks. Luke