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Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi deployed in over 1,500 maternity and children hospitals across China

Zafirah Salim | Nov. 24, 2015
The deployment enables BBLink to implement a highly scalable Wi-Fi network in a cost-effective manner, and is expected to further transform patients’ access to maternity care.


Shanghai First Maternity and Infant Hospital

Ruckus Wireless has partnered with BBLink (Shanghai) Information & Technology Co. Ltd to deploy Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi in over 1,500 maternity and children hospitals across China, including Shanghai First Maternity and Infant Hospital and Henan Provincial Maternal and Child Health Care Hospital.

Under this partnership, BBLink is deploying more than 5,700 units of Ruckus ZoneFlex R300 and ZoneFlex 7372 access points (APs), as well as Ruckus SmartCell Gateway 200 WLAN controller in some of China's maternity hospitals.  

The Ruckus ZoneFlex APs are designed for high density mobile device environments and latency sensitive applications like Voice and Video over Wi-Fi. Ruckus BeamFlex+ adaptive antenna technology enables antennas to adapt to client device orientation in real time, ensuring consistent wireless signal for mobile devices.

The Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi deployment also enables BBLink to implement a highly scalable Wi-Fi network in a cost-effective manner. The Ruckus SmartCell Gateway 200 WLAN controller allows BBLink to build and manage large-scale Wi-Fi networks that can support up to tens of thousands of APs. Additionally, the ability of Ruckus ZoneFlex R300 and ZoneFlex 7372 APs to accommodate up to 250 and 500 clients each, allows BBLink to deploy less APs, resulting in cost savings for the company.

The deployment is also expected to further transform patients' access to maternity care. Patients can expect a more productive wait as they can now use mobile apps like WeChat to schedule appointments, make payments, as well as access information for leisure and entertainment.

"Mobile healthcare has been playing a bigger role in hospital work and has become an integral part of our operations. Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi has become indispensable in our move towards becoming a smart hospital, allowing the smooth informatisation of our services and enabling more patients to be seen via teleconsultation," said Duan Tao, President, Shanghai First Maternity and Infant Hospital.

Cui Hailong, Technical Support Manager, BBLink, added, "BBLink is aiming to build a nationwide wireless network that will enhance the medical consultation and pregnancy experience for mothers-to-be in China. Given the scale of this deployment, the Wi-Fi network's architecture is of vital importance. We have also considered factors such as scalability, flexibility, maintenance operativity, system stability, as well as investment and maintenance costs."

BBLink is looking at collaborating with Ruckus to deploy an additional 10,000 units of Ruckus ZoneFlex indoor APs to expand the coverage of its Smart Wi-Fi network to around 2,000 maternity and children's hospitals across China.

 

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