30 Jul 2018
sound masking

In any type of medical facility, a main priority is the confidentiality of the patient’s medical and personal information in order to remain HIPAA compliant. IT service providers can ensure that the network is compliant, but there are additional ways to protect patient privacy in medical facilities. As the network will protect the digital patient information, the facility itself has vulnerabilities. For example, when a patient is at the reception desk, there is chance of another patient in the waiting room overhearing their personal information. This is where sound masking comes into play. 

Sound masking is basically a system that produces ‘white noise’ throughout a facility. The sound is a monotone, low hum that resembles that of a portable fan or air unit. The level of the hum is within the same frequencies that a human voice carries. Having the additional hum disrupts the vibrations within voices, which prevents the conversations from traveling to other people within the area. Doctor’s offices, hospitals, and clinics contain a plethora of sensitive information in multiple locations throughout the facility. Whether it’s a waiting room, patient room, or a hallway – there are a lot of opportunities for information to spread. Sound masking enables the facilities to protect their patients privacy in every setting. 

Not only is sound masking beneficial in protecting patient privacy, it also has many benefits in the workplace. The white noise actually can protect employees from distraction. From other patient conversations to typing keyboards, there’s a lot of noise filling the walls of the facility on a regular basis. 

As the employees become less distracted, they become more productive in their work. This is true for any discipline – but healthcare is one of the most important jobs to be focused in. The more focused medical professionals are, the more thorough, precise, and efficient they can do their job. This then leads to higher patient satisfaction rates as they are receiving the best possible care from productive, efficient doctors – all while knowing their private information is protected.

     

From hospitals to clinics, Low Voltage Solutions can help design and install a sound masking system appropriate for your facility. Let us know how we can help ensure your medical facility is a safe and protected environment!  

 

Some of Low Voltage Solutions’ Healthcare Customers:

Advocate Good Samaritan 

Northwest Community Hospital 

Silver Cross Hospital 

Loyola University Medical Center

Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital

 

16 Jul 2018
fiber based passive optical lan

As the hospitality industry is becoming more competitive in the coming years, hotels are grabbing onto every opportunity of a competitive advantage. Keeping up with the demand for high-quality services is crucial. Consumers have access to review sites and social media to rate their experiences with the touch of a button. If a consumer sees a review that mentions poor WiFi connectivity, that could mean a snowball of issues and negativity on their online profiles.

Many hotels in the industry have to keep a steady pace with high speed internet service. The number of connected devices increasing every single year. This can be an extreme, costly challenge for hotels  to endure. Under the umbrella of Passive Optical Networks (PON), Passive Optical Lan (POL) can result in numerous benefits within the hospitality industry. Replacing copper infrastructure with a fiber-based POL not only offers higher speeds and reliability, but it also decreases the amount of space, powers, and complexity within the network.

Cost Reduction 

A significant benefit that hotel management loves to see is a reduction in capital being spent on implementation. Installing an all-fiber system eliminates the costs of copper-based Ethernet and coaxial cable over the years. In addition, this eliminates the necessity for telecom rooms or racks. This allows all voice, video, and data networks to converge all services to a single, single-mode fiber. Hotel operators can then avoid the changing cost of copper during construction or changes in the hotel.

More Space Available

Without the need for multiple telecom rooms, hotels are able to turn that square footage into more rooms and amenities – which results in more revenue. It also makes renovations much simpler as the fiber cabling is more flexible with distance limitations. Without copper cabling, floor plans are able to extend further laterally and vertically.

Limited Disruptions 

As technology continues to change, hotels are constantly having to make changes or updates to their IT systems. POL reduces disruptions as only the end points would need to be changed if there were updates in the future. They are also compatible with many different technologies which allows them to coexist. This eliminates the need to pull new cable or replace connectors. Single mode fiber cable with POL is seen to last a lot longer than copper infrastructures. They are able to transmit more data and are more reliable.

Adaptation 

One of the biggest changes in technology happening in hospitality is going wireless. Normally, hotels offer an Ethernet outlet in each guest room. POL is able to provide both standard Ethernet outlets and connectivity for wireless access points (WAPs) which need power-over-Ethernet (PoE).

Ease of Use

POL offers user-friendly management interfaces that allows the end user to to be self-reliant – while still providing the complexity that these systems require. Although moves, adds, and changes are not frequent in the hospitality industry, they can be extremely costly. Investing in fiber cabling and having a 3rd party to support the network on an ongoing basis makes updates easier and less expensive in the future.

Low Voltage Solutions has years of experience designing, installing, and supporting networks in the hospitality industry. Let us know how we can help with your next project!

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