Infant Security System for Hospitals

Protect infants in healthcare facilities with smart mother-infant radio frequency RFID (radio frequency identification) tags and a comprehensive RTLS (real-time location solution).

Hospital staff, as well as remote security professionals, can get real-time alerts along with precise location information on the movement of tagged infants in unsecured areas and infants paired with the wrong parent.

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Infant Security System for Hospitals

Protect infants in healthcare facilities with smart mother-infant radio frequency RFID (radio frequency identification) tags and a comprehensive RTLS (real-time location solution).

Hospital staff, as well as remote security professionals, can get real-time alerts along with precise location information on the movement of tagged infants in unsecured areas and infants paired with the wrong parent.

Infant Security That’s Easy to Deploy and Monitor

Interface’s infant security tags offer hospitals and birthing facilities the option to deploy intelligent tags quickly and activate real-time security that’s completely customized for the building.

How the Infant Security System Works

The infant security system comprises three critical solution components – infant tags with an option to be mapped to mother tags, exciters and readers for real-time tracking, and centralized application to create tag identity, view real-time location of tags, and manage alarms.

Infant Security Tags for Every Use Case

Interface offers three types of infant security tags manufactured by GuardRFID. The tags are designed to work reliably taking into consideration movements associated with normal infant care and offer superior waterproof ratings of IP66 and IP68.

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Wrap Tags

    • Uses a soft fabric band for maximum comfort.
    • Dual tamper detection capability.
    • Adjustable to keep up with rapid weight loss or gain.
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      Umbilical Tags

        • Designed for 24 to 48 hours old newborns.
        • No need to remove the band for bathing the infant.
        • Suitable for hospitals using multiple infant tags.
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          Cut Band Tags

            • Suitable for infants and toddlers.
            • Need not be removed when using approved hospital solutions for cleaning the infant or child.
            • All plastic build with no metal parts for better comfort.

              Centralized Tag Management and Tracking

              The solution comprises feature-packed tag management and tracking application that’s installed at the healthcare facility and accessible via any connected device.

              • HL7 integration to easily create tags for infants and mothers.

              • Pair the infant tags with mother tags with just a few clicks.

              • View real-time movement of tags overlaid on the facility map with pinpoint accuracy and manage alarms.

              • Configure the application to show a video feed associated with any alarm or door exit event to visually verify potentially unauthorized movement.

              • Manage integrations with doors and access control systems to secure the perimeter and prevent unauthorized movement or exit.

              • View and manage system information, device health status, and reports on tag activities and movements.

              • LDAP integration for easily creating roles and access rights.

              Seamlessly Enhance Infant Security with Interface

              Upgrade the infant security solution with 24X7X365 remote monitoring by Interface’s trained remote intervention specialists.

              • Local notification of all events with optional remote video verification and notification by Interface security staff.

              • Expert support staff to troubleshoot tag management and real-time tracking application.

              • Fully managed alarm and access control services with maintenance and the option to take over existing alarm and access control service.

              • Standardized infant security and monitoring service across all your hospital locations anywhere in the US.

              • Single, flat-rate monthly invoice to simplify operations and reduce operating costs.

              Deliver the Peace of Mind That New Parents Deserve

              Talk to Interface to find out how your hospital or clinic can step up infant security without operational complexity

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              Frequently Asked Questions

              Why should hospitals and birthing facilities implement an infant security system?

              Two use cases are served by an infant security system. The first is to guard against infant abductions. Although these incidents are extremely rare, if they do occur, they are traumatic to the parent(s) and can have significant liability implications on the healthcare facility. The second use case is mother-baby matching which helps avoid having a baby mismatch which could result in the baby receiving breast milk from the wrong mother or worse, leaving the hospital with the wrong mother.

              How does the infant tag detect tampering?

              GuardRFID provides three infant tag options, two of which are tamper detecting. The TotTag (TT-1) uses a light and temperature sensor to detect when the tag is removed from the infant, and the PPT-2 tag has a cut-band which can be sensed if it is cut. If the tag detects a tamper event, then staff members will be notified. The umbilical tag (UT-1) does not have built-in tamper detection; however, people are reluctant to interfere with the umbilical cord for fear of causing harm to the baby.

              How does real-time infant location tracking work?

              Two mechanisms are used for location calculation. The tag attached to the infant periodically sends a ‘beacon’ signal which is detected by readers and the location of the tag is determined by trilateration based on the relative signal strength received by the readers. Secondly, tag exciters placed at exit points from each floor are used to determine floor positioning and rapidly generate alarms if the tag attempts to exit the secure area.

              How does Interface monitor the health of the infant and mother tags?

              The tags will broadcast a signal periodically (typically every 12 seconds) to the system. There is a configuration setting which can be used to generate a ‘tag missing’ alarm in the event that the tag has not been heard from in a configured time interval (e.g. 2 minutes). To use this setting requires a suitable level of coverage and is not always used by customers. GuardRFID and channel partners can advise on the cost/value trade-off of using this feature.

              How do staff know when tags need to be replaced?

              The infant and mother tags typically have a battery life of 1 year. They will report a low battery condition roughly one month before the battery is flat. Tags in low battery state cannot be assigned to a new infant but will continue to work whilst they are assigned (and the battery is not flat).

              Are the tags removed when bathing or cleaning the baby?

              The TotTag needs to be removed when the baby is bathed; the Umbilical and PPT-2 tags do not. A ‘suspend’ feature from the GUI is used to avoid a tamper alarm whilst the tag has been removed.

              Are the signals emitted by the tags and exciters harmful to the health of the infants?

              The infant tags emit short pulses of low power RF every 12 seconds. The amount of radiation is required to be kept below a safe level and is controlled by FCC and Industry Canada regulations. The energy transmitted is orders of magnitude lower than that emitted by cellular phones. Exciters operate in the 125kHz range which has no impact on human tissue. These levels are also controlled by FCC/Industry Canada regulations.

              Would parents be able to handle their baby and move about in the designated secure area without triggering the alarm?

              Parents will be able to move around the secure area without triggering alarms. They should however avoid loitering near exit doors. If the tag is within a few feet of an exit and someone opens the door, a ‘nuisance alarm’ will be generated.

              What happens if the server is not working?

              The TotGuard system is designed such that door controls and alarms are managed directly at the door (by the Tag Reader Controller) which means that even if the server or network is down doors will lock and local strobe and annunciators will trigger based on tag location to the door and door state.