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Hospital Majadahonda SA deployed an innovative NFC inventory solution based on vWand

doctor_homeMadrid, Spain – June 23rd , 2015 – The company Hospital Majadahonda, S.A., responsible for the management of all non-healthcare activities at the Hospital Puerta de Hierro in Madrid has selected and deployed an NFC technology solution for inventory purposes, improving efficiency and management of assets at the hospital. The solution is based on NFC (Near Field Communications), integrating tablets and smartphones.

The solution includes a web portal where the data is collected via the vWand device, an NFC-Bluetooth Gateway stylus (www.vwand.com). With the vWand device, the staff can easily read and write the NFC tags distributed in the hospital, attached to assets or located at rooms and areas, allowing unequivocal identification, tracking and total scalability.

“From operating point of view, this solution minimizes errors and improves the management process of inventory, being a paperless solution. Also the use of a centralized solution avoid the management of large excel sheets and large tables, making easier the work for the users” said Óscar Mallo, member of the IT department at Hospital Majadahonda, SA.

The system is easy to install. NFC tags are attached to any asset to be included in the inventory and the information to be stored is saved to the tag via the vWand. Automatically, the asset is included in the inventory solution, which allows to check any asset at any time, just approaching the vWand device.

“Cost saving is very significant in terms of working hours dedicated to inventory tasks, and also to estimate work orders and future needs at the hospital. Also, the system will allow us to think on new applications and functionalities on the software, reusing the investment on tags and NFC devices or getting additional units, always improving the processes at the hospital, having everything integrated” commented Oscar Mallo.

The system optimizes maintenance tasks, including reports, and also replacement needs of assets, making a cost reduction and providing centralized information. More than 10.000 assets are now managed by the system, and the number is growing to include all the elements in the hospital.

About Sociedad Concesionaria Hospital Majadahonda, SA

This is a group of companies including Iridium (ACS group), Sacyr, Bovis and DIGF. At the Hospital Puerta de Hierro in Majadahonda, it has a total area of 162,000m2 and capacity for 794 beds, the company manages all non-healthcare activities.

About Sistelnetworks

Sistelnetworks is an RFID – NFC manufacturer that provides proximity products and solutions. From concept and analysis through the deployment, manufacturing and support stages, we provide the answers to your needs.

Contactless and proximity solutions are being adopted in a wide variety of industries, including healthcare scenarios, schools, leisure events, consumer electronics, consumer packaged goods, defense, homeland security and retail.

Sistelnetworks has identified Near Field Communications (NFC) as one key proximity technology which covers specific scenarios where security, battery life and information capacity are critical requirements. www.sistelnetworks.com

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The Interactive Pen for museums which amazes Michelle Obama

El ‘lápiz’ interactivo para museos que entusiasma a Michelle Obama

Publicado en el periódico “El Mundo” el 19/01/2015.

La sala neoyorquina Cooper Hewitt reabre tras tres años con un nuevo enfoque tecnológico. Allí triunfa el dispositivo de comunicación inalámbrica NFC de la española Sistelnetworks

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El caso de Cooper Hewitt es curioso. Una inmensa mansión de estilo georgiano alberga una colección de 217.000 objetos de diseño que recorre tres siglos de historia en medio de la Quinta Avenida de Nueva York. Tradición y modernidad confluyen en una casa residencial construida entre 1899 y 1902. No en vano presume de ser el único museo en Estados Unidos centrado exclusivamente en el diseño histórico y contemporáneo. Pero en 2011 cerró sus puertas al público. El problema no eran los números, sino el espíritu. La nueva cúpula directiva quería inspirar de verdad al visitante y no lo conseguiría nunca si seguía viviendo de espaldas a las nuevas tecnologías.

Durante tres años, Cooper Hewitt ha sufrido una remodelación completa. En este proceso ha participado personal de empresas punteras como 3D Systems, IBM, General Electrics o Duracell. La espera terminó el pasado mes de diciembre. La inauguración no dejó indiferente a nadie. La sociedad americana se volcó de lleno con el nuevo concepto de galería. Mesas táctiles o salas inmersivas atraen al público en una experiencia interactiva. Y, en mitad de todo el tumulto, un  protagonista: un lápiz. Prestigiosas revistas como Fortune o The New Yorker hablaban de él. Incluso la Primera Dama, Michelle Obama, dedicó unos minutos a hablar de este aparato en su discurso público durante los Premios Nacionales de Diseño. El citado rotulador se llama Interactive Pen y es un desarrollo de la empresa valenciana Sistelnetworks.

«Somos muy activos en Estados Unidos, vamos a muchas reuniones allí y estamos muy bien posicionados», explica el director de marketing, Serafín Arroyo. Así que a Cooper Hewitt no le costó mucho dar con ellos. «Vieron nuestro producto y pensaron que encajaba con su idea de crear un museo interactivo», continúa. Aquello sucedió en noviembre de 2013. Durante los seis primeros meses de este año, se irán incorporando las unidades. Pero, ¿por qué tanta expectación?

Interactive PenLa tecnología de Interactive Pen no sólo es un paso avanzado de la típica audioguía, sino que lleva la experiencia del visitante a un nuevo nivel convirtiéndolo en diseñador. Cada una de las obras del museo tiene incorporada una etiqueta inteligente o ‘tag’ con acceso a información del diseño. El público, que recibe un lápiz al entrar en las instalaciones, sólo tiene que pulsar un botón del dispositivo cuando lo acerca a la creación que le gusta. En ese momento, el rotulador vibra y se enciende una luz como señal de que todos los datos de la obra se han almacenado gracias a la tecnología tecnología de comunicación inalámbrica NFC.

Cuando el espectador finaliza su visita, accede a una amplia sala con cerca de 50 tabletas gigantes. «Aproxima el ‘pen’ a la mesa, vuelve a pulsar el botón y se descarga toda la información que ha ido capturando durante su recorrido», comenta Arroyo. Ve entonces las fotografías de las obras seleccionadas junto a un menú donde tiene la opción de ir modificando los colores, fondos o texturas con la punta del lápiz. Cuando termina de personalizar los dibujos, se envía el archivo a su correo «como un reportaje de su visita», que puede compartir en las redes sociales. «Esto también le sirve al museo como mecanismo de promoción», apunta el responsable de marketing. «Se trata de que las personas se conviertan en diseñadoras», agrega.

Interactive Table2Aunque Sistelnetworks ya había desarrollado la tecnología vWand (la base de Interactive Pen), ha tenido que realizar importantes modificaciones para adaptar el productos a los requisitos de Cooper Hewitt. La antena NFC del lápiz es la que se encarga de leer la información de los ‘tags’ o etiquetas. Para transmitirla, la versión inicial utiliza ‘bluetooth’. Sin embargo, los promotores del museo querían que los datos se quedasen almacenados en el propio rotulador y que después se descargase en la tableta con NFC. El equipo de la empresa valenciana tuvo que dotar de memoria interna al sistema y, junto a General Electric, diseñar un factor de forma diferente. Además, tuvo que cambiar las baterías porque Duracell, otros de los miembros del consorcio, les pedía que fuesen desechables.

La primera prueba de concepto se desarrolló entre marzo y diciembre de 2013. Actualmente, Sistelnetworks ya ha lanzado la producción que se incorporará durante los primeros seis meses del año. Ahora aspiran a que la red de museos del Instituto Smithsonian, al que pertenece Cooper Hewitt, acabe adoptando su tecnología.

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At Cooper Hewitt Museum, Visitors to Become Designers With NFC Interactive Pen

The museum, located in New York City, is developing an NFC-based solution for its renovated exhibits at Carnegie Mansion that will allow visitors to create their own digital designs.

An Immersion Room includes wall-sized screens on which projections of wallpaper and other coverings can be displayed at full scale. This, too, is enabled by the stylus. A user can create a wallpaper design on a table and store it in the stylus, and then tap the device at an interactive screen to prompt the design to be projected on the wall. Alternatively, the visitor can choose to project a wall-size version of a wallpaper design that he or she has selected from the exhibits (the museum displays small versions of 500 different wall coverings).

Sistelnetworks’ vWand is being used to track inventory in health-care and library settings. For the Cooper Hewitt application, however, the device required some modifications, says Serafin Arroyo, Sistelnetworks’ marketing director. The vWand traditionally employs Bluetooth technology to transmit read data back to a server, but the museum did not want Bluetooth to be used within an environment in which up to 2,000 people may be using the devices simultaneously. It also needed to add memory in order to store data related to the exhibit tags that are read, and use AAA batteries that would keep the stylus charged longer than rechargeable batteries could allow.

In the Immersion Room, depicted in this rendering, a visitor will be able create a wallpaper design on a table and store that in the stylus, then tap it at an interactive screen to display that design on the wall.

“Sistel did a huge amount of work to redesign the firmware” that managed the read data on the stylus, Chan reports. The company worked closely with General Electric, according to Andrew Crow, GE’s global director of brand and design. The GE team comprised individuals from the company’s software, aviation and appliances divisions.“We wanted to design an elegant instrument,” says Jennifer Bove, GE’s director of brand design. The firm created a smaller form factor, intended to fit in the hands of museum patrons, and including four LED lights and a buzzer that causes the stylus to vibrate, thereby indicating that a read event has been achieved. One LED is dedicated to indicating if the battery is low, while the other three signify that the device is either reading an NFCtag, transmitting information to an NFC reader in a table or screen, or uploading data to be forwarded to the museum’s website for later access. “And because it is going to be used by tens of thousands of people,” Crow states, “we needed a robustness to it.”

To date, the prototype version of the stylus has been completed and the interactive tables will be tested later this month with the stylus.

The new museum’s focus, Baumann explains, is to provide something more than a place in which visitors passively view exhibits to learn about home and interior design and its history. Instead, she says, Cooper Hewitt intends to make designers out of everyone who enters. Part of that planning led the museum to embrace NFC technology.

Upon arrival, each visitor will pay an entrance fee and receive a ticket and the NFC-enabled stylus. A bar-coded ID number, printed on the ticket, will be paired with the unique ID transmitted by the RFID reader built into the stylus. A URL, also printed on the ticket, will enable the user to later open an account and view drawings that he or she created during the visit.

Caroline Baumann, the museum’s director (Photo: Erin Baiano)

According to Sebastian Chan, Cooper Hewitt’s director of digital and emerging media, NFClabels made with NXP Semiconductors‘ NTAG203 chips are affixed to, or near, objects—such as wallpapers, lighting fixtures, furniture or vases—throughout the museum. The labels are being provided by a combination of vendors, based on the form factor required for each exhibit. When a visitor taps the RFID reader side of the stylus near an NFC label, the reader interrogates its tag ID and stores the collected data in that stylus’ memory.

The museum will also be equipped with approximately 15 tables, each containing an embedded touchscreen. Some screens measure 55 inches, while others measure 84 inches. All are high-definition.

A prototype of the NFC-enabled drawing stylus

At any of these tables or screens, users can utilize the device’s stylus end on the table and sketch some designs, following patterns if they wish. They can also turn over the stylus and touch its NFC reader against the table, prompting the device’s reader to communicate with the Sistelnetworks reader built into the table. The system will then capture the data stored in the stylus’ memory, linking that information with the sketches on the screen. This will enable users to, for example, create a specific wallpaper in their drawing, based on the patterns they selected while viewing the exhibits.

Once finished creating designs, a visitor indicates on the screen that he or she is done, and the design is then uploaded to the museum’s server via a USB connection, so that the guest can later access it via the URL printed on the ticket, or forward it to selected social-media sites. This USB connection is an alternative to the vWand’s traditional Bluetooth connection. In this case, Chan says, the crowded environment of wands would make it difficult to capture Bluetooth data from a single stylus as requested by a user.

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Custom-designed HW for the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York

Sistelnetworks has participated in an international team to create a custom-designed hardware based on Sistelnetworks’s vWand for the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum.

The latest press release from Cooper Hewitt describes the collaborative project in which Sistelnetworks is involved alongside Cooper Hewitt, GE and Undercurrent.

Changing the Visitor Experience

Cooper Hewitt’s Pen has been developed to redefine today’s museum experience and the public’s engagement with design. Given to all Cooper Hewitt visitors as they enter the museum, the Pen will enable members of the public to “collect” objects, discover and explore information and ideas and become designers in their own right by creating their own digital drawings. Members of the public will also be able to record their visit using the Pen, view and share it online and supplement it during subsequent visits. A groundbreaking technology, the Pen as part of the museum experience gives all audiences a new way to learn, to experiment and to play designer.

Development

The concept for the Pen was developed especially for Cooper Hewitt by Local Projects with Diller Scofidio + Renfro as a way to invite visitors to learn about design by designing themselves. Beyond working as a digital Pen for drawing, it encourages visitors to engage with the works on view in the museum, rather than looking at them through their mobile devices.

Turning a concept into custom-designed hardware has required an international team. Early prototypes of the Pen were based on Sistel Networks’s vWand, an inventory control device used in health care. GE and Sistel Networks, working alongside Cooper Hewitt and Undercurrent, turned sketches into working prototypes. Sistel changed the way the vWand’s electronics operated, and then GE’s industrial design team designed a sleeker form for museum use. This collaborative industrial design process mirrors how designers solve real-world problems and the process that many of the objects in the museum’s collection have undergone.

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vWand presented at RFID Journal in Orlando 2014

RFID Journal Live
We will be glad to meet you at the RFID Journal Live 2014 in Orlando on April 8th–10th, where attendents will be able to find out how they can benefit from our NFC solutions.

vWand NFC Stylus
Designed to add NFC to smartphones and tablets via Bluetooth.
Applications available: Access Control, Data acquisition, Education, Inventory, Retail, Healthcare, Logistics,…
See live demos on heathcare, education and inventory scenarios.

NFC Custom Products
Based on your own requirements.
Custom End Products and prototypes.
Hardware Design, integrating several communication technologies (Bluetooth, Wifi, USB, ….).

We will be glad to meet you at the RFID Journal Live 2014 in Orlando on April 8th–10th, where attendents will be able to find out how they can benefit from our NFC solutions.

See you at the RFID Journal Live 2014 in Orlando!

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vWand at Mobile World Congress 2014

Sistelnetworks will showcase vWand at Mobile World Congress 2014, which will be held in Barcelona from 24 to 27 February.

The Spanish Pavilion will lodge the stand of Sistelnetworks and other 57 companies from various sectors within the mobile universe: telecommunications infrastructure, mobile solutions, security, content, etc. Visit us at CS60-Spanish Pavilion (booth#3)

MWC14 Spanish Pavilion

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Our time at MWC was great and truly productive. Here some pics:

Spanish Minister of Industry, José Manuel Soria, visited our stand

Serafín Arroyo, Marketing Director, presented vWand at the Spanish Pavilion

 

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Sistelnetworks is sponsoring the WIMA USA 2013

 

WIMA USA 13

 

Sistelnetworks is sponsoring the WIMA USA 2013, which will take place from 28 to 30 October 2013 at the South San Francisco Conference Center.

Please come and visit our booth where we will be showing our contact-less solution for identification, writing and reading of tags:

  • vWand adds NFC capability to any Bluetooth device
  • vWand provides innovative proximity solutions ( identification, logistics, access control, rewards program schools, hospitals..)

WIMA NFC is an international meeting place for the NFC ecosystem, where industry and brands come together.

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Sistelnetworks is speaking at WIMA USA 2013

In addition to sponsoring the WIMA USA 2013, Sistelnetworks will participate as speaker in the conferences.

On Monday 28th (4.00pm – 5.00pm), Serafín Arroyo, Marketing Director of Sistelnetworks, is presenting “Introduction to NFC & Proximity solutions for marketers – session 2”.

The subjects that will be discussed include Technology Marketing Overview for NFC, QR and Bluetooth enabled Beacons (Security and Use Cases).

Also, Sistelnetworks will provide a 10-minute pitch presentation speech the 30th of October at 11.00am.

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Sistelnetworks NFC innovations shown at NFC world congress in Nice 2013

 

PRESS RELEASE \ Nice, France – September 24th, 2013

Sistelnetworks, an NFC market leader and award-winning technology innovator, is showing innovative use cases for NFC technology using vWand Stylus at NFC world congress in Nice. The event is taken place at the Côte d’Azur in a new and larger venue in the center of Nice: the Acropolis Convention Centre, from September 24th to 26th.

“The company has developed innovative applications to cover scenarios such as healthcare, education and logistics, just to show the possibilitites of NFC technology. Sistelnetworks is convinced of NFC technology advantages to cover special use cases, where proximity and security are key aspects. Please visit our booth #40 to see real time demos and bring your ideas for integration to your systems” said Jorge Marcos, VP Products & Innovation of Sistelnetworks.

Regarding the EMOI Project, “this ICT prototype on Alzheimer detection is original in many respects” commented Serge Miranda, Professor of IT at University of Nice and founder of Master MBDS. “For example we use NFC tags to get multi-sense data (including emotional smell) in a personal memory suitcase, multidiciplinary work with neurologists in Hospitals and also the NFC bluetooth pen for the elderly person and pilot project planned in a retirement home in Grasse provided us many information for Alzheimer detection. This challenging project was prototyped at University of Nice with complementary IT partners and we look forward a promising pilot project to build a break-through tool for Alzheimer detection”.

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Sistelnetworks showcases vWand NFC stylus at NFC world congress in Nice 2013

PRESS RELEASE \ Nice, France – July 20th, 2013

Sistelnetworks, an NFC market leader and award-winning technology innovator, announced today that it will be showcasing a wide array of use cases to add NFC capabilities to any tablet and smart phone using vWand. Sistelnetworks will be showing a variety of vWand applications designed to meet the varying needs of hospitals, industries and commerce at NFC World Congress. The event will take place at the Côte d’Azur in a new and larger venue in the center of Nice: the Acropolis Convention Centre, from September 24th to 26th.

NFC World Congress

NFC World Congress shares a common 1350 sqm exhibition space with the other World Smart Week events: M2M Innovation World Congress, World e-ID Congress and Chip-to-Cloud Security Forum. Running along four complementary conferences, the World Smart Week exhibition maximizes synergies in term of contents, networking and audience:

  • 1700 participants coming from the complementary and converging markets of mobile/contactless, M2M, digital identity and digital security
  • 50 booths displaying new products, innovative solutions and expertise: Exhibitors list
  • 100 demos scheduled throughout 2.5 days

Also integrators and solution providers will be able to order Evaluation Kits including vWand, NFC tags and SDK, to create their own solutions. vWand allows any tablet or smartphone to add NFC capabilities easily, using the available Bluetooth connection.

“vWand is going to cover scenarios where NFC technology is required. Functionalities like safe identification, reading and writing of tag information could be fully integrated with any solution via SDK. We welcome developers and integrators to explore all the possibilities of NFC technology in the market,” commented Jose Luis Vilar, CEO of Sistelnetworks.

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