Joseph Lovetere, president of HUB Technical, assembled a team and conducted several technical meetings with Sousa and her staff to outline the existing network.
"Once we had that information, our lead engineers used blueprints of the hospital to create a network analysis and perform a wireless feasibility study," says Lovetere
"We needed to make sure wireless coverage extended out to the end of each wing, but did not provide extra coverage outside of the building," says Lovetere
"The Cisco 4402 Wireless LAN Controller would provide us with the flexibility to deliver overlapping coverage over the uniquely-shaped building," says Lovetere
."It can also automatically and centrally configure and manage multiple access points.Given the design of the building, the Cisco 4402 Wireless LAN Controller allowed us to locate a secondary unit to provide redundancy." HUB Technical
also incorporated the Cisco 2710
Location Appliance, which would provide the hospital and its IT staff with the ability to locate not only the wireless network users, but potentially any mobile hospital equipment by Wi-Fi tracking tags, a capability Sousa plans to implement in the future.The Cisco 2710
can also locate rogue access points and clients, helping safeguard the network from anyone attempting to launch attacks on the system.According to Lovetere
, the Cisco Unified Wireless Network that HUB Technical
chose for the Sinai project is particularly suited to a highly secure environment such as a hospital, because the network can be monitored and IT staff can see what is happening with it at anytime.
"This Cisco equipment, in my opinion, provides the best level of security from an IT standpoint," says Lovetere
"Anytime that a healthcare provider has contractor personnel in their hospital environment, privacy and security of the patient information is paramount," says Lovetere