Queen's Hospital - WiFi Ward Radio Project
Project Update: June 2022
We have installed and tested our new WiFi network and as of 3rd June we have deployed an initial eight (8) WiFi Radio units, which are branded up as ‘Hospital Radios’
These will provide a Live Test of our WiFi Network, and allow us to address any problems that arise, additionally it gives the wards on the trial a chance to get used to having these radio’s around.
Project Update: March 2022
The pandemic severely slowed this project down in a number of ways;
From not being able to access wards due to coronavirus restrictions, to a global shortage of electronic equipment.
We purchased and received our WiFi access points that will go onto each ward for the radios to connect to (Replacing the defunct wireless receivers from the former bedside TV/phone system)
Our biggest delay (aside from Covid) is the networking equipment which has been on backorder, with no delivery date cited.
We have since cancelled this order as we have found a comparable product that is in stock!
We are hoping for these to be delivered by end of April 2022 so we can begin to install the Bedrock WiFi in May.
The initial proof of concept unit, while functional wasn’t perfect and the recent component shortages are also driving the price of the radios up.
We have decided to remove the small LCD display screens to simplify wiring, while this was a nice feature it was difficult to mount.
The advantage is the radio is slightly smaller and would therefore use less plastic to print.
To co-inside with our WiFi due to be installed within first half of 2022, we have also invested in four ‘off the shelf’ WiFi radios that we will set up and test with the Bedrock WiFi across the hospital. While we finalise and build our first live-trial ‘RockBox’ Radios.