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WWT, AeroScout Provide Wireless Temperature Monitoring

April 2, 2009

Providence Health & Services adopts the automated Wi-Fi-based solution to improve safety and operational efficiency while facilitating strict temperature regulatory requirements.


ST. LOUIS, MO --(BUSINESS WIRE)--World Wide Technology, Inc. (WWT), a market-leading systems integrator that provides innovative technology and supply chain solutions, and AeroScout, Inc., the leading provider of Unified Asset Visibility for the healthcare industry, announced the deployment of a cutting-edge temperature monitoring solution for Providence Health & Services (PH&S). WWT and AeroScout worked together to implement the Wi-Fi-based solution, which leverages PH&S' existing wireless infrastructure to help the healthcare provider actively monitor, track and log temperature information at its 390-bed Olympia, WA, facility. PH&S is a 27 hospital, 46,000 employee healthcare system, which operates in Alaska, Washington, Montana, Oregon and California.

"PH&S is completely committed to ensuring regulatory compliance and delivering the very best clinical care to our patients, and our new temperature monitoring solution helps us do both," said Curt Kwak, CIO of PH&S' Western Washington Region. "We're also enhancing operational efficiency with this new tool, as it eliminates the need for multiple departments to manually check and log temperatures. Plus, WWT and AeroScout smartly took advantage of our existing wireless technology, further improving the TCO of our existing Wi-Fi infrastructure."

The Wi-Fi temperature monitoring solution improves patient safety and reduces liability risks for PH&S by proactively alerting staff whenever temperature thresholds are crossed, so they can immediately address heating or cooling issues for items such as medications, food, organs, blood bags, vaccines, tissues, breast milk and other sensitive items.

WWT provided PH&S with a Wi-Fi-based solution that was easy to deploy and required no dedicated sensor network. To implement this solution, WWT integrated Cisco's Unified Wireless Network with AeroScout's T5 Sensor Tags and its Web-based MobileView software, which provides real-time alerts, on demand and scheduled reports as well as alert dashboards and hospital map views of refrigeration units. AeroScout's MobileView also provides historical data and corrective action logging for regulatory compliance.

Temperature Monitoring is part of AeroScout's comprehensive Condition Monitoring solution that automates the measurement of air temperatures, liquid temperatures and humidity levels. "In addition to Temperature Monitoring, our healthcare solutions include Humidity Monitoring, Asset Management, Patient and Staff Safety and Workflow Management," said Gabi Daniely, vice president of marketing and product strategy at AeroScout. "Importantly, all of our solutions leverage hospitals' existing Wi-Fi networks, which results in cost-efficient and rapid deployments."

"We are very excited to be able to put our people, processes and partnerships together for the benefit of PH&S and their patients," said Bob Olwig, vice president of strategy at World Wide Technology. "Our deep wireless technology expertise, strong relationship with PH&S and our partnerships with Cisco and AeroScout helped us to derive real value from PH&S' current IT infrastructure, which streamlined the project and reduced costs overall."

Many healthcare organizations are turning to WWT for advanced IT solutions that streamline costs, increase productivity and improve patient care. The company offers technology products from more than 3,000 manufacturers and maintains over 1,000 technology certifications to ensure it provides the latest in technology solutions and creates true value for its customers. WWT is a member of Cisco's Healthcare Industry Solutions Partner Network and has strong relationships with many healthcare solution providers including AeroScout and Motion Computing.

About WWT
World Wide Technology, Inc. is a systems integrator that provides innovative technology and supply chain solutions to the commercial, government and telecom sectors. The company brings to market a powerful blend of knowledge, infrastructure and technology to help its customers manage the planning, procurement and deployment of IT products and solutions. Based in St. Louis, WWT works closely with industry leaders including Boeing (NYSE: BA); Sun Microsystems (NASDAQ: JAVA); Dell (NASDAQ: DELL); Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO); EMC (NYSE: EMC); HP (NYSE: HPQ); AT&T Inc., formerly SBC Communications Inc. (NYSE: ATT); Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) and the U.S. Air Force. WWT employs over 1,000 people and operates more than 1.7 million square-feet of warehousing, distribution and integration space in 20 facilities throughout the world.

About AeroScout
AeroScout is the market leader in Unified Asset Visibility solutions. Customers improve operational efficiency using AeroScout products that leverage standard Wi-Fi networks to track and manage the location, condition and status of mobile assets and people. AeroScout's global customer base consists of leading hospital, manufacturing and logistics organizations, including many of the Fortune 500. The company invented the first Wi-Fi-based Active RFID tag, and today is widely recognized as leading the market in number of deployments and tags shipped. Headquartered in Redwood City, CA, AeroScout has offices in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia and Latin America.


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