WakeMed Hospital Deploys MobileAccess In-Building Wireless Network

VIENNA, Va., Feb. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- MobileAccess Networks, a leading provider of in-building wireless network solutions, announced today WakeMed Health & Hospitals, based in Raleigh, NC, has fully deployed the MobileAccess MA-1000 multi-service voice and data platform providing reliable wireless coverage throughout WakeMed's Raleigh Campus including the hospital, the Andrews Center for Medical Education, and the world-famous Heart Center. WakeMed is committed to providing high-quality patient care, so it is critical that medical personnel stay connected regardless of their location on the hospital campus.

WakeMed's ability to provide excellent patient care depends in part on its physicians and nurses being able to access and communicate real-time patient information. Increasingly, hospitals are adopting wireless voice and data devices and technologies to keep their medical personnel properly informed at all times, and in all places. The MobileAccess in-building wireless system is ideal for hospital environments because it provides reliable communications throughout large facilities without RF interference issues. Furthermore, the MobileAccess MA-1000 platform easily connects to wireless service provider networks and enables simple upgrades to future services, such as 3G, UMTS and Wi-Fi, with no additional infrastructure required.

"Our Raleigh Campus is home to North Carolina's busiest heart center, as well as our county's only state designated Level II Trauma center. In addition, we have two 24-hour emergency departments, one for adults and one for children that cared for more than 140,000 patients last year. With facilities as large and as complex as ours, it is important that our medical providers have reliable and ubiquitous wireless communications throughout our campus. Communication is critical in our ability to properly care for our patients," says WakeMed Vice President of Information Services Denton Arledge.

RL Cellular, a local privately-owned integrator and independent provider of wireless network solutions, designed and installed the MobileAccess MA-1000 to provide comprehensive coverage for current and future wireless applications on WakeMed's Raleigh Campus. Today, physicians and other hospital personnel stay connected using ALLTEL's Business Axcess wireless solutions including Employee Messaging two-way text messaging service, Touch2Talk walk-talkie service and high-speed wireless data services leveraging next-generation 1xRTT technology.

"WakeMed was looking for a solution that would ensure reliable wireless voice and data coverage inside their medical facilities thus helping to enhance patient care and service," says Angel Perez, owner of RL Cellular. "We worked closely with ALLTEL and deployed the MobileAccess solution because it would deliver reliable wireless coverage to WakeMed personnel campus-wide as well as provide a simple migration path for future wireless services such as 3G without requiring any additional infrastructure."

"Today, in-building cellular coverage is critical across all business segments particularly healthcare. Hospitals need an in-building solution that works seamlessly with their wireless service provider and will enable robust wireless voice and data service for their medical personnel no matter where they are located inside a building," said Ron Senchak, area vice president of wireless business solutions for ALLTEL.

"It was a pleasure working with ALLTEL and RL Cellular to design a campus- wide wireless network that would support robust in-building wireless voice and data communications for WakeMed's medical personnel," said Cathy Zatloukal, President and CEO of MobileAccess. "Leveraging our flexible and scalable MA- 1000 technology, hospitals can also add new services that will enhance operational efficiencies and patient care without disrupting existing services."

About MobileAccess MA-1000

The MobileAccess-1000 Series is a multi-service voice and data platform that easily connects to wireless service provider networks and enables upgrades to future services (such as 3G, UMTS and WLAN) with no additional infrastructure required. Distributing RF signals effectively and elegantly throughout the inside of buildings, the MobileAccess-1000/1200 provides comprehensive coverage for current and future wireless applications. The product portfolio offers wireless service providers a range of solutions for cellular/PCS voice, cellular/PCS data, Wireless LAN, two-way radio, and paging in any environment. This solution provides the flexibility to begin with a single wireless voice service and add new services as they are needed.

About WakeMed Health & Hospitals

Headquartered in Raleigh, NC, WakeMed was one of the first hospital systems in the country and today is a 752-bed private, not-for-profit healthcare organization. The system comprises a network of health care facilities throughout Wake and Johnston Counties, including a 515-bed tertiary referral hospital, a 114-bed full-service hospital, a 68-bed rehabilitation hospital, numerous outpatient facilities, skilled nursing and home health. WakeMed's team of 6,300 nurses, technologists and medical support staff and more than 1,000 affiliated physicians serve the residents of North Carolina using the most advanced technologies and facilities to ensure the finest in health care. For more information, visit http://www.wakemed.org/.

About RL Cellular Installation

RL Cellular Installation Inc., based in Garner, NC, installs carrier equipment on the inside and outside of the buildings to provide coverage in urban areas and inside buildings where concrete and steel materials inhibit the relay of radio frequency (RF) signals. The carrier equipment significantly improves the quality of their coverage in the structure and it's surrounding. For more information, visit http://www.rl2.com/index.html .

About Alltel

ALLTEL is a customer-focused communications company with more than 13 million customers and $8 billion in annual revenues. ALLTEL provides wireless, local telephone, long-distance, Internet and broadband services to residential and business customers in 26 states.

About MobileAccess Networks

MobileAccess Networks (http://www.mobileaccess.com/) is a leading developer of in-building wireless solutions for corporate enterprises and wireless service providers. The MobileAccess Product Family leverages patented techniques for the transmission of Radio Frequency signals over optical fibers. MobileAccess products guarantee business-quality performance and reliability for all current and future wireless services, including cellular voice, Wi-Fi and public safety, throughout large buildings and campus environments. With hundreds of networks installed worldwide, MobileAccess Networks UnWires the Workplace with cost-effective, scalable solutions that deliver superior wireless coverage for all data and voice applications. Founded in 1998, MobileAccess Networks provides in-building wireless solutions to Cingular Wireless, Verizon Wireless, Sprint PCS, Nextel, T-Mobile, Partner, Deutsche Telecom, France Telecom, Orange, Cellcom and DutchTone. High profile customers include U.S. House of Representatives, Ft. Lauderdale Airport, American Family Insurance, American University, Red Cross and many others.

MobileAccess Networks

CONTACT: Mike Collado of MobileAccess Networks, +1-703-584-3304, ormcollado@mobileaccess.com

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