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The Internet of Things gets real

Bob Violino | June 3, 2014
Practical applications are emerging for connected devices in key industries.

The sensor network, provided by Sensity Systems, links the LED fixtures to deliver both energy-efficient lighting and a real-time, global database of information that enables organizations to better manage physical environment to improve efficiency and security.

With the installation of the network, the facility benefits from an additional energy savings of 30% to 50% over the new LED baseline usage levels, according to Stan Roualdes, executive vice president, Property Management and Construction Services at Shorenstein.

"Continued success with networked LED lights doesn't depend just on Sensity or upon the current selection of sensors, it will be on the developers who will leverage Sensity's open API to develop new sensors and new applications that we can leverage," Roualdes says.

An LSN "can gather real-time parking availability data and provide this information to smart parking application developers through an open API," Roualdes adds. This can lead to improved services that benefit customers, and new opportunities for Shorenstein. "We see our LSN as a potential revenue-generating opportunity in the future," he says. "Our lighting fixtures can become strategic assets."

Healthcare Workflows

Florida Hospital Celebration Health, a hospital in Kissimmee, Fla., opened a new patient tower in 2011 designed to serve as a model for the healthcare industry relative to the latest developments in patient experience and safety, as well as staff efficiency.

The hospital deployed a real-time location system (RTLS) from Stanley Healthcare to track the location of critical medical equipment, automate the monitoring of refrigerator temperatures throughout the facility, and collect more accurate data on hand hygiene compliance.

One particularly interesting application has been a nurse tracking initiative, in which the hospital collects data on nurse activity throughout their shifts.

The goal of the initiative is to better understand how nurses spend their time during their shift and uncover patterns that could lead to increased efficiency and patient satisfaction, says Ashley Simmons, director of performance improvement.

Nurses wear badges with embedded Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags throughout their shift. The system tracks and collects location data continuously. The facility collects all the data and analyzes it using analytics functions in Stanley Healthcare's MobileView software integrated with Tableau visual analytics software, and also uses its own internal business intelligence tools.

"We now have a better understanding of each patients' care time requirements and are able to better align staff assignments on the unit based on this information," Simmons says. The data is even revealing ways the company can design units more efficiently.

Driver Safety

Last year, Ford Motor Co. launched Connected Car Dashboards, a collaborative project with Splunk Enterprise and Cisco that collected and analyzed data from vehicles to gain insight into driving patterns and vehicle performance.

 

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