ABOUT THE CLIENT
Maroba Nursing Home is an independent living, assisted aged care, dementia-specific and palliative care community located in the Hunter Valley.
Its mission is to ensure residents stay as independent as possible for as long as possible. Maroba offers a range of residential aged care services to make resident life more comfortable and secure.
Maroba offers three tiers of residential accommodation, two dedicated wings for the care of dementia patients and all the expected services, such as outings, movie nights and support for resident hobbies.
Maroba Nursing Home were looking to implement new wireless communication devices that would allow all staff members to communicate and interact across the whole facility via a wearable badge. The device would allow one to one and also group conversation anywhere within the Maroba grounds. The device included a voice recognition feature meaning staff could make phone calls without the need to dial, keeping their hands free to assist residents while on a call.
The badge device required a reliable wireless network with enough coverage to allow staff to walk throughout the facility and continue a call without disruptions, issues with voice recognition or network dropouts.
Maroba partnered with OAS Technology to design and develop a wireless network that would ensure the full functionality of the badges. The first step was to move Maroba from its DSL internet service into our Minder Secure Cloud Network. This gave Maroba the reliability and speed required for the badges to work at its optimum level.
The next step was to complete an active wireless survey of all buildings and surrounding grounds. The survey consisted of moving an access point to various locations, measuring the strength and quality signals of each location. This allowed OAS Technology to build a heatmap and determine the best locations for access points. From there OAS supplied 70x Cisco internal and external Wireless Access points to meet the wireless requirements.
A Cisco Wireless LAN controller was configured to allow centralised management of all access points and the ability to segregate the network for corporate and resident Wi-Fi access.
The change for Maroba has meant improved communication and overall efficiency in daily operations. Maroba is experiencing less network disruptions and a faster network service since migrating over to our Minder Secure Cloud Service.
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