Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford, England selects Zinwave DAS technology for its in-building mobile phone coverage requirements

(PRWEB UK) 30 March 2015

Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust, who manage and maintain the Broomfield Hospital site; have listened to their patients and visitors concerns about the mobile phone connection problems encountered in the atrium building. And having looked into all the concerns raised, the Trust went out to the mobile technology industry to research the best solution for the hospital, and for their patients in addressing these problems.

In-building DAS technology from Zinwave was selected as the right solution for the organisation, to ensure optimal signal coverage for all major mobile networks within the atrium environment and surrounding areas.

This solution will enable the hospital to fulfil its requirement of allowing patients to keep in touch with family and friends using their mobile phones, as stipulated in Government guidelines on mobile usage in NHS facilities, published by the Department of Health in 2009.

The DAS has been installed and commissioned by Herbert Group, an established supplier of class leading productivity solutions to major organisations in the UK and Zinwave’s strategic UK System Integrator channel partner for in-building DAS deployments. Zinwave has worked in collaboration with technical personnel at Herbert Group to develop a solution that satisfied NHS requirements concerning mobile communications. Herbert Group also supplies Broomfield Hospital with printed barcode patient wrist-band services.

Broomfield Hospital is a large general hospital in Chelmsford, run by Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust and covers a total area of more than 43 000M2. It has over 800 beds and offers a range of specialist services including cleft lip and palate, burns and plastic surgery.

The Trust provides local elective and emergency services to 380,000 people living in and around the districts of Chelmsford, Maldon and Braintree (including Witham).

The Trust also provides a county-wide plastics, head and neck and upper gastrointestinal (GI) surgical service to a population of 3.4 million and a supra regional burns service to a population of 9.8 million, and employs over 4,000 staff.

The hospital underwent a £148 million re-development project to centralise services and to enhance patient care and the building opened in 2010. The new atrium includes ultra-modern accident and emergency facilities, a new maternity unit, a helipad for Essex air ambulance services and a number of new wards.

Prior to the hospital’s public opening it became apparent that mobile coverage inside the building was poor to non-existent; the metal construction materials used were acting as a Faraday cage and blocking the transmission of RF signals from macro networks.

Broomfield Hospital investigated the possibility of implementing in-building coverage solutions, and Suffolk based Herbert Group was selected, based on proven capability and success, to fulfil their requirements. The company began a series of negotiations with the different operators (who were all keen to implement their own coverage solution) and obtained their commitment to connect to Broomfield’s chosen solution free of charge.

Zinwave’s DAS was selected as the preferred coverage solution because of its ability to support multi- operator services (e.g. 2G and 3G from O2, EE and Vodafone) on a single hardware layer, making it the most affordable option for the NHS. In addition Zinwave’s DAS is based on fibre-optic cabling and can, where appropriate, be installed utilising Broomfield Hospital’s existing cabling infrastructure. This results in a fast, efficient and cost-effective deployment with minimal disruption to infrastructure, services, staff and patients. It also makes the rollout of additional services (LTE for example) a straightforward process.

Zinwave’s in-building wireless coverage system is the only wideband active DAS on the market globally that is frequency-agnostic, supporting multiple services and frequencies regardless of protocol or modulation scheme, between 150MHz-2,700MHz. It removes the need for complex, multi-layer infrastructures associated with conventional installations and avoids the need for expensive and disruptive upgrades to support new services, making it completely future-proof.

Says Colin Abrey, Chief Marketing Officer, Zinwave; “NHS organisations are under constant pressure to make best possible use of available funding. Our DAS is fibre-based so we can make use of pre-installed cabling which significantly reduces installation costs. It also supports all mobile services, including LTE, so 4G can be incorporated onto the system with no further upgrades or hardware components necessary, resulting in reduced cost with higher utility.”

Says Mark Channen, Head of Marketing, Herbert Group; “Zinwave’s DAS provided a scalable, cost-effective and easy to install solution for Broomfield’s new PFI building coverage problem. Zinwave has also been very helpful in facilitating negotiations with the main MNO’s, enabling us to offer an ” install once solution” that supports all networks. Zinwave’s technical knowledge and in-building coverage design service was second to none, making it very easy for us to supply, install and maintain the system for the hospital. The DAS can also support private paging systems and TETRA networks on the same hardware layer.”

Says Barry Stannard, IT Operations Manager, Mid-Essex Hospitals NHS Trust; “Herbert Group approached us regarding the technology, and following their successful tender win, we formed a close working relationship with them, based on their ability to understand and address our pain-points and facilitate discussions and negotiations with various network operators on our behalf. The key decision in us moving forwards with Zinwave as a solution was the vendor agnostic operator approach; we are not limited to one network provider and we are flexible in our approach moving forwards. The other key point is that the Zinwave solution works with our in-house Multitone paging system which means that we can carry on with business as usual, without having to replace any pagers. The low profile installation and limited infrastructure requirements has meant a seamless transition, without disruption to our day-to-day working; we have high praise for the smoothness of the installation performed by Herbert.

The system was initially going to be used to facilitate voice coverage only to safeguard patient privacy and medical confidentiality. However, the hospital decided to extend coverage to provide patients and staff with mobile data services and the upgrade was completed within 8 weeks of this decision.

Hastings And Hastings Reports Success With Its Mobile Website

PHOENIX, AZ (PRWEB) July 04, 2014

Hastings and Hastings, a personal injury attorney group in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona reports success with its mobile website that offers quick and easy access to a wide range of legal services via mobile devices. As a discount law firm that continues to strive to exceed client’s expectations with regard to the latest in website access, Hastings and Hastings has been providing the residents of Phoenix and the state of Arizona with highly experienced attorneys as well as a specialist certified by the Arizona State Bar as a legal professional specifically focused on injury and wrongful death litigation. With nearly 150 years of combined legal experience, the attorneys of Hastings and Hastings have effectively resolved injury cases that number in the tens of thousands.

Many residents throughout Phoenix have relied upon Hastings and Hastings when experiencing a devastating or catastrophic event that is typically life changing. From wrongful death cases that are the result of someone else’s negligence to automobile accidents, motorcycle accidents and truck accidents as well as pedestrian and bicycle accidents, Hastings and Hastings helps to effectively resolve personal injury cases for accident victims each and every day. When accident victims must retain counsel as soon as possible as a way to protect the integrity of an investigation of any claims, they routinely rely upon a law firm that offers substantial discounts. This professional personal injury law firm handles all the calls from attorneys and insurance companies of the negligent party. This allows clients to continue on with their normal daily life and routine.

Other areas of Phoenix personal injury law that Hastings and Hastings handles include everything from dog bite related accidents resulting in injuries to slip and fall accidents as well as wrongful death cases and any other type of accident that may have been the result of another person’s or company’s negligence. As a highly focused discount accident law firm, Hastings and Hastings also handles property damage cases and other injury related cases. A Phoenix discount accident lawyer that has been helping accident victims for decades and offers deep discounts is always close at hand for the residents of Arizona when they contact Hastings and Hastings.

In addition, over the last several years, Hastings and Hastings has effectively saved injured clients well over $ 11 million dollars in attorneys fees thanks to a strict adherence to a deeply discounted fee schedule. The success of its innovative mobile website design further serves to simplify the process of retaining a lawyer for anyone that have been injured in an accident. With a strong focus on all aspects of personal injury, Hastings And Hastings understands the importance of timely and accurate filing of a settlement claim. This recent report with regard to the success of the firm’s mobile website that is optimized for easier and faster access by clients and potential clients is one more indication that Hastings and Hastings continues to make personal injury legal assistance more accessible and more affordable to more people than ever before.

Hastings and Hastings is a leading provider of discount personal injury legal services located in and serving the greater Phoenix Metropolitan area. This respected legal firm specializes in assisting individuals that have been the victim of accidents that result in serious injuries resulting from accidents that were not fault of their own. Hastings and Hastings is a trusted and dependable group of attorneys that delivers personalized service and guidance for injury victims throughout Phoenix and all across the state of Arizona. Hastings and Hastings is known throughout legal circles as a dedicated team of professionals and a law firm that has been representing accident victims throughout Arizona for decades. The firm consistently exceeds client’s expectations with regard to representing a wide array of accident injury cases at times when it matters the most while always doing so with a noticeable discount.

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