- Ruckus Wireless along with TrackR has announced a joint solution that leverages Bluetooth low energy (BLE) technology combined with Ruckus ZoneFlex across access points (APs) to enhance the indoor and outdoor location services of TrackR’s Crowd GPS network.
The solution uses an organization's existing wireless infrastructure to provide advanced asset movement detection in real-time for more enhanced security across major industries including healthcare.
For Ruckus, the new tracking technology showcases how their APs can be used as an Internet of Things (IoT) gateway by supporting additional radio connectivity protocols like BLE.
"Our collaboration with TrackR further demonstrates the versatility of the Ruckus product portfolio," said Bart Giordano, Vice President of Business Development at Brocade. "With the addition of the new BLE radio option and the BLE Tag tracking solutions from TrackR, we are able to bring new levels of physical security to a wide range of vertical markets that were traditionally the exclusive domain of large infrastructure owners or premium network providers."
The Ruckus APs act as a two-way distributed management and asset security monitoring device for TrackR, which provides TrackR with the ability to acquire, contextualize and act on the sensor data that is collected throughout the day by an organization.
Using the Ruckus Wireless APs, TrackR can monitor highly used mobile devices such as smartphones, laptops, and tablets as well as other on-premise infrastructure assets such as TVs and projectors.
The solution provides organizations with an extra layer of security that alerts IT administrators when a tracked device crosses a defined geo-fence when it should not. By using the existing wireless infrastructure, the solution enables a building or campus-wide asset tracking solution that reduces the cost and complexity of building a complete separate solution to perform the same task.
TrackR has joined Ruckus on this endeavor to further complete its goal of automating the process of personal item management. As healthcare organizations continue to introduce mobile and wearable devices into their IT infrastructure, IT administrators as well as users need to be able to keep track of these devices so they are not lost or stolen.
"Our goal at TrackR is to offload the task of remembering where items are to our technology, so people can take care of more important things," said Chris Herbert, CEO and co-founder, TrackR. "Partnering with the experts at Ruckus Wireless will provide our customers with a stronger, more robust Crowd GPS network than ever before, so finding things outside the home will be even faster and easier."
The importance of mobile device monitoring has increased significantly as the healthcare industry continues to experience a critical digital evolution impacting patients and care. As these devices are introduced to health IT infrastructure, organizations are charged with tracking them and ensuring that patient data is not at risk if a device becomes compromised.
Devices being lost or stolen is one of the major risk factors associated with mobile devices used in healthcare settings. By leveraging the already existing wireless network instead of adding on an additional solution, organizations implementing the Ruckus/TrackR solutions are able to monitor devices and detect if devices are in unauthorized locations. The quick reaction time this technology provides for IT administrators decreases the chances valuable data is compromised.
The TrackR and Ruckus collaboration also benefits Ruckus’s partner ecosystem by offering new managed services that leverage organization Wi-Fi beyond basic connectivity. Organizations deploying their wireless solution using one of the many Ruckus partnership programs are able to leverage the technology.
The healthcare Internet of Things calls for healthcare organizations to upgrade their wireless APs to support the influx of connectivity and traffic. By using the wireless network to track and manage devices, organizations can quickly and effectively nullify threats stemming from mobile device theft.