FL hospital tower opens with vast wireless infrastructure

At the heart of the new, 10-story North Tower at Halifax Health in Daytona Beach, FL, is an 802.11n wireless LAN designed to support a fleet of workstations-on-wheels and roaming voice-data devices, TMCnet.com reports. The 500,000-square-foot tower opens today, stuffed with wireless technology from Meru Networks.

Rather than taking a conventional "micro-cell" approach to building a WLAN, the Sunnyvale, CA-based company set up a single "virtual cell" to provide seamless coverage and reduce latency delays. The infrastructure is built to support a Meditech EMR, Motion C5 Mobile Clinical Assistant tablet computers for clinical data entry, Siemens VoIP phones and a LifeLinks remote video interpreting service.

For more on the technology behind the new tower:
- check out the TMCnet.com story