Systems integrator RF Connect deployed a Citizens Broadband Radio Service-enabled OnGo Private LTE wireless network at Memorial Health System in Springfield, IL. The wireless network provides temporary connectivity to support doctors and nursing staff who are delivering emergency patient care during the pandemic. The company, in collaboration with CommScope and Druid Software, volunteered services and gear.
Like many hospitals and clinics, Memorial has set up triage tents and testing facilities to support a surge in patients. RF Connect says the CBRS LTE-based private wireless network delivers high-performance, secure capacity to connect healthcare devices that are ordinarily enabled by the existing indoor network.
These networks do not require power or cable infrastructure. Additionally, they can be set up quickly, and include security measures required for health care networks.
“The temporary wireless network which complements our existing wireless and wired network empowers us to appropriately focus our attention and resources on providing patient care,” said Jerry Miller, Vice President Information Services, at Memorial Health System. The network at Memorial enables private LTE connectivity for CBRS-certified devices as well as WiFi connectivity for non-cellular and non-CBRS devices.
OnGo, the industry name for networks using the CBRS band, uses LTE communication technology over shared spectrum, allowing organizations to create their own private networks. It leverages LTE’s performance, reliability and security which provide business and mission-critical connectivity.
“Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, we had been building and deploying kits to demonstrate the wireless connectivity advantages of OnGo private networks,” said RF Connect EVP Jeff Hipchen. “It was a no-brainer to reallocate those resources to gain real-world field experience and, more importantly, play a role in helping our health care workers deliver patient care.”
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