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A 15 TOP HOSPITAL HEALTHSYSTEM ADOPTS TRACKSTAR FOR MANAGING STAFF OVERTIME

AUGUST 2018

TrackStar, American RFID Solutions’ flagship product NOW OFFERS an easy to use but statistically sophisticated way to capture staff to patient ratios as the patient census varies in real time.  Harold Clampitt, the ARS CEO, states “our new TrackStar capability for measuring the staff to patient ratio as delivered in the patient room where care occurs is allowing hospital administrators to level workload amongst caregivers.  It is now possible to avoid having too much staff or too little or highly unequal workloads amongst members.  A huge gain for nursing staff and a means to lower staff turnover.”

 

ANOTHER TRACKSTAR WIN FOR HAND HYGIENE VIA SUPERIOR PATIENT QUARANTINE PROTOCOL

AUGUST 2018

TrackStar, American RFID Solutions’ flagship product continues to IMPROVE how hand hygiene best practices reduce cost and risk for the patient and the hospital.  A new algorithm and sensor integration allow Infection Preventionists to set-up, schedule and measure different workflow protocols for a quarantined room due to a hospital-acquired infection.  Harold Clampitt, the ARS CEO, states “our new TrackStar quarantine rules engine provides a capability to ensure the best antibacterial agents and their correct application by every caregiver entering and leaving the restricted area.  A major improvement in dealing with C-Diff and the superbugs that are plaguing hospitals.  And most importantly a new method of lowering patient risk and improving their safety!”

 

A 75 TOP HOSPITAL HEALTHSYSTEM ADOPTS TRACKSTAR FOR PATIENT AMBULATION

JULY 2018

TrackStar, American RFID Solutions’ flagship product NOW OFFERS a capability for understanding PATIENT ambulation after surgery.  TrackStar algorithms and sensors now measure the individual ad-hoc patient effort plus physical therapy’s success in driving ambulation to speed recovery for hip and knee replacements safely.  Harold Clampitt, the ARS CEO, states “our new TrackStar patient ambulation metric allows the care team to optimize ambulation thereby reducing the length of stay and increasing the probability for a successful surgical outcome.  A huge gain for the patient and the hospital!”

 

LEAR CORPORATION SELECTS TRACKSTAR

JUNE 2018

TrackStar, American RFID Solutions’ flagship solution now serves Lear Corporation for tracking direct labor hours, raw materials, work in progress and finished goods movement.  Harold Clampitt, the ARS CEO, states “our capability to measure hundreds of KPI’s (Key Performance Indicators) and understand the plant productivity was critical in winning this new client and expanding TrackStar’s use cases served.”

 

A 20 TOP HOSPITAL HEALTHSYSTEM AWARDS TRACKSTAR AS ITS TOOL FOR REDUCING OPERATING ROOM INFECTION RISK

JUNE 2018

TrackStar, American RFID Solutions’ flagship product NOW OFFERS a capability for understanding infection risk during surgery.  TrackStar algorithms and sensors now measure the risk of infection for each operating room.  Harold Clampitt, the ARS CEO, states “our new TrackStar infection risk management system offers the surgeon a means to understand the quality of his preference card and OR room activity with empirical measurements to assess the risk of infection during every surgery.”

 

THOREK MEMORIAL HOSPITAL CHOOSES TRACKSTAR

JUNE 2018

TrackStar, American RFID Solutions’ flagship product is now at Thorek Memorial Hospital delivering better nursing care in their patient tower.  Harold Clampitt, the ARS CEO, states “this celebrates another win in our hometown Chicagoland market where we have clients ranging from the Chicago Botanic Gardens to our newest local client, Thorek Memorial Hospital.  Sixteen years ago when I started the company we traveled the world to meet payroll because RFID and sensor technology was at its infancy, now our business in Chicago alone eclipses what we did in those early years.  It is satisfying to see our rise in healthcare prominence.  Being able to make a difference to humanity is a great reward for our investments and team expertise.”

 

A 35 TOP HOSPITAL HEALTHSYSTEM USES TRACKSTAR FOR MEASURING PAR LEVELS

MAY 2018

TrackStar, American RFID Solutions’ flagship product manages PAR level inventory for every department in the hospital.  ARS makes this feasible by using low-cost RFID tags as a means to count the stock levels in each area.  Harold Clampitt, the ARS CEO, states “our new TrackStar PAR level algorithms eliminate human error in counting PAR quantities for any stock area.  It is amazing to see how out of stock conditions drop with this reliable and low-cost TrackStar automation.”

 

A 500 TOP HOSPITAL HEALTHSYSTEM USES TRACKSTAR FOR MEASURING PATIENT INTERACTIONS TO UNDERSTAND THE COST OF CARE

APRIL 2018

TrackStar, American RFID Solutions’ flagship product NOW OFFERS a breakthrough measurement to track caregivers interactions with patients.  Harold Clampitt, the ARS CEO, states “our new TrackStar benefit of tracking all interactions with patients offers hospitals a means to capture per patient cost of care during the length of stay.  An innovation that computes a gross margin for all direct labor at the hospital.  TrackStar measures care down to the second giving hospitals the means to understand labor costs for everyone on their payroll.  Something a for-profit business considers a MUST HAVE to ensure they are obtaining adequate financial reimbursement to be viable for the next years business cycle.  It is very rewarding to see this capability be available for hospitals”.

 

A 100 TOP HOSPITAL HEALTHSYSTEM USES TRACKSTAR FOR END OF SHIFT BED SIDE REPORTING TO IMPROVE THE PATIENT EXPERIENCE

MARCH 2018

TrackStar, American RFID Solutions’ flagship product NOW OFFERS a new report to help hospitals manage patient facing workflow.  Unit managers have a browser driven tool to measure how patients regularly learn about their medical condition from the multi-disciplinary care teams that regularly round on patients.  Harold Clampitt, the ARS CEO, states “our new TrackStar enhancement is in line with our vision to make it easy for hospitals to measure their ability to communicate personalized care and wellness campaigns directly to patients.  TrackStar now measures these touchpoints and offers a scorecard for all stakeholders – doctors, nurses, and patients to see how well the hospital systematically promotes understanding of the patient’s condition and the caregiver’s effort to make it better.  A beautiful and meaningful way to drive better HCAHP scores says, Clampitt.”

 

A 50 TOP HOSPITAL HEALTHSYSTEM ADOPTS TRACKSTAR FOR DASHBOARDS TO AID NURSES

FEBRUARY 2018

TrackStar, American RFID Solutions’ flagship product NOW OFFERS a module to display floor plans showing the precise location of tracked assets.  Nurses may now find the closest smart pump, wheelchair or bronchoscope to ensure they have the medical equipment they need for their patient.  Harold Clampitt, the ARS CEO, states “we strive to have TrackStar make meaningful contributions to our hospital clients.  Our study in a top 50 healthcare system shows a 78% reduction in search time to find medical equipment.  It is exciting to make the nurse’s job easier and eliminate hoarding.  Another innovation in giving first class service to our hospital clients.”

 

TOP STEEL PRODUCER IN THE WORLD ADOPTS TRACKSTAR

JANUARY 2018

TrackStar, American RFID Solutions’ flagship product NOW OFFERS a capability for improving the order to ship time in the steel mill.  Harold Clampitt, the ARS CEO, states “our capability to reduce the logistics and time for shipping activity allowed TrackStar to become the “gold” standard for the mill to manage its product outflow.”

 

TRACKSTAR EXPANDS ITS ROLE IN HEALTHCARE

JANUARY 2018

TrackStar, American RFID Solutions’ flagship product NOW OFFERS modules to serve the whole hospital.  Akin to Microsoft’s Office supporting the needs of a professional with Word, PowerPoint, and Excel; TrackStar is now deployed across all major hospital departments from Surgery to Purchasing.  Harold Clampitt, the ARS CEO, states “it is exciting to see TrackStar elevate the patient experience by helping hospitals do many of their core tasks faster and better.  We are improving simple tasks to complicated procedures.  The range of TrackStar’s impact now touches a vast number of workflows.  Such as (1) bed turns, (2) patient rounding, (3) OR room turnover, (4) inventory turns, (5) hand hygiene and many more.  It makes us proud to help save lives while also simultaneously raising efficiency to ensure our hospital partners are financially strong to fulfill their mission of patient concentric care.”

 

INTERNATIONAL GROWTH

DECEMBER 2017

ARS expands TrackStar service to cover Hill-Rom’s international facilities becoming a global partner in their healthcare business.  Harold Clampitt, the ARS CEO, states “we are proud to have earned Hill-Rom’s loyalty with this major expansion.  We love long-term relationships and will make extraordinary efforts to earn that status.  This TrackStar expansion is evidence of our commitment to customer excellence and our efforts to serve Hill-Rom by helping them grow and make more money.”

 

TOP 100 US STEEL PRODUCER PICKS TRACKSTAR

JUNE 2017

TrackStar, American RFID Solutions’ flagship solution now serves an Indiana steel mill by tracking slabs to finished coil production.  Harold Clampitt, the ARS CEO, states “our capability to reduce the time from order to shipping allowed TrackStar to become the “gold” standard for the mill to manage its product outflow.”

 

INNOVATION IN HOSPITAL ACQUIRED INFECTION

MARCH 2017

TrackStar, American RFID Solutions’ flagship product offers breakthrough evidence of significantly improving hand hygiene compliance by providing a tool for caregivers to track their performance.  Harold Clampitt, the ARS CEO, states “the TrackStar eco-system easily handled the tracking of millions of hand washes to drive compliance by double-digit improvements while lowering process variance from 17 to 2.1 %.  A statistically significant gain upon which our hospital partner, rewarded this achievement by expanding our solutions to all patient rooms.  It represents another proud milestone in TrackStar’s rise to help hospitals perform better.”

INTEL

FEBRUARY 2016

ARS installs a passive RTLS solution using TrackStar in a collaboration with Intel to change the paradigm of healthcare.  Harold Clampitt, ARS CEO, states “we are saving patient lives and changing the continuum of care from volume driven to outcome based, effectively templating the digital healthcare hospital of the future, NOW!”.

 

ARS GROWS AGAIN

JANUARY 2016

ARS expands its facility and creates a new RTLS maker’s lab.  We now have the ability to conduct live trials/testing/mock-ups using a 100 foot hallway, dock doors, high lift inventory, patient rooms and operating theaters.  Harold Clampitt, ARS CEO states “our new capability places us in a leadership postion by being able to increase our throughput and innovation to create and improve demanding use cases.”

 

ARS EXPANDS

SEPTEMBER 2015

ARS opens a new office overseas to tap into more s/w talent.  Harold Clampitt, ARS CEO states “our overseas expansion adds more human capital for our vision of being a thought leader.  It is exciting to think we have software innovation taking place 24 hours a day every working day.  This additional capacity will allow us to better serve our loyal and expanding customer base.”

 

HILL-ROM PROJECT

APRIL 2015

ARS delivers an enterprise, multi-site solution for RTLS across numerous distribution centers with full bi-directional integration into the ERP system.  Harold Clampitt, ARS CEO, states “the depth and breadth of our solution provides Hill-Rom with a big jump in productivty and showcases our philosophy that Bar Code informs while RFID transforms”.

 

NORTHWESTERN MEDICINE

AUGUST 2014

ARS provides a turnkey RTLS solution using its flagship TrackStar platform for one of the country’s best hospitals.  By deploying passive UHF RFID technology the solution offers an enterprise, multi-campus intelligence platform.  Capable of delivering dashboards and ad-hoc queries, TrackStar brings health infomratics and business intelligence to eliminate non-value add tasks and significantly improve productivity by allowing more in-room clinical and care giver tasks.  TrackStar covers a wide range of care from admission to room cleaning. Harold Clampitt, ARS CEO, states “TrackStar helps all stakeholders to work smarter by doing more wihtout asking for more”.

 

HEALTHCARE WEBEX

AUGUST 2013

Harold Clampitt, ARS CEO, contributes expert opinion and use case examples outlining the benefits of RFID to an industry panel responsible for educating and advancing the use of passive RFID to facilitate improvements in healthcare. Other prominent panel members were John Rommel from Motorola, and Teague

Cliff from Emkats.

 

HOSPITAL ACQUIRED INFECTIONS

JULY 2013

American RFID Solutions is applying RFID technology for a 34 hospital group to minimize HAI by delivering its HARP 1000. HARP is an acronym representing Hand washing Activity Reporting Platform and represents the best means of eliminating HAI and saving over 100,000 lives annually.

 

STEEL MILL

JUNE 2013

ARS is providing ArcelorMittal with operational control of multiple production lines within the steel mill process. What is noteworthy about our solutions is their ability to survive in the rugged mill environment.

 

FIREEYE

MAY 2013

ARS is providing FireEye with tracking and Intellectual Property protection using RFID technology for chain of custody for valuable items. FireEye, headquartered in Milpitas, CA, offers cyber security solutions to organizations such as the CIA, utilities and businesses to protect against the next generation of viruses from countries such as Libya, China and hackers.

 

RFID LIVE

APRIL 2013

ARS demonstrated its next generation 3D mapping software to showcase where people, or items of interest are within the four walls. The event marks ARS 10 year anniversary as a thought leader and inventor of open source LLRP based passive RFID systems which are now capable of delivering RTLS.

 

TENNESSEE HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION

NOVEMBER 2012

Harold Clampitt, ARS CEO, was a guest speaker on RFID breakthroughs for a prestigious Tennessee hospital association in Nashville on November 1st. His talk showcased how RFID can save thousands of dollars per bed each year.

 

L-3 COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS-WEST

OCTOBER 2012

ARS is a trusted advisor for L-3 Communication Systems-West. They expanded the use of RFID to increase profitability by dramatically improving their workflow. L-3 Communication Systems-West, located in Salt Lake City, UT, is a leading provider of networked communication solutions for high-performance intelligence collection, imagery processing and satellite communications for the Department of Defense (DoD) and other government agencies.

 

WESTAR ENERGY

JULY 2012

ARS is providing WE with RFID technology to enhance operations and financial return. WE is an investor owned electric utility headquartered in Topeka, Kansas. Westar is the largest electric company in Kansas, serving 687,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in the eastern third of the state. Westar Energy generates more than 27,000,000 megawatt-hours of electricity per year at its 12 power plants. Westar Energy service territory covers 10,130 square miles (26,200 km2) in east and east-central Kansas. Westar Energy owns more than 6,300 miles (10,100 km) of transmission lines and about 28,100 miles of distribution lines.

 

CHICAGO BOTANIC GARDENS

MAY 2012

ARS is providing CBG with RFID technology to enhance their guest experience. The CBG has over 1 million visitors a year and sees RFID as a means to improve operations while maintaining Garden member loyalty. Located at 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, Illinois, United States, the Chicago Botanic Garden is a 385-acre (156 ha) living plant museum situated on nine islands featuring 25 display gardens and surrounded by four natural habitats: McDonald Woods, Dixon Prairie, Skokie River Corridor, and Lakes and Shores. The Garden is open every day of the year. It opened to the public in 1972 and is home to the Joseph Regenstein, Jr. School of the Chicago Botanic Garden, offering a number of classes and certificate programs.

 

CHICAGO BEARS & RFID

MAY 2011

American RFID Solutions demonstrates Asset Management at the home of the Chicago Bears. A tour of the locker room and other fun activities made for a great day.

 

AMERICAN RFID SOLUTIONS & TECH WEIGH PARTNERSHIP

APRIL 2011

American RFID Solutions teams up with Tech Weigh to provide an integrated capacity scale (100 tons) for crane man moves to automatically track pick and place of hard to move inventory items. The new solution offers many benefits to clients who use heavy duty cranes. For example, throughput of this bottleneck improves and shrinkage due to losses and human error are eliminated. Real world benefits from early adopters show the combination of RFID and automated scales with remote dashboards offer significant ROI.

 

HEALTHCARE & BED PM

APRIL 2011

American RFID Solutions helps improve patient care for a leading hospital group by automating preventative maintenance to ensure beds operate properly and utilization is maximized. The solution integrates with a cloud based work order tool to allow PM technicians to handle a large fleet of beds requiring many complicated procedures.

 

STEEL MILL INVENTORY

MARCH 2011

American RFID Solutions supplies a turnkey solution to permit the world’s largest steel producer to track coils in shipping bays that are over ¼ of a mile long. The system integrates with legacy systems to provide a seamless integration and productive coexistence of state of the art with a decades old legacy system.

 

AEROSPACE KanBan & RFID

FEBRUARY 2011

American RFID Solutions delivers RFID automation to allow a second tier Aerospace supplier to soar with growth by facilitating coordinated operations between aerospace clusters in Kansas, USA and Chihuahua, Mexico. The system empowers stakeholders with mobile dashboards via smartphones so they receive real time situational awareness on work cell inventory, labor distribution around the facility and bottlenecks determined by business rules using empirical data provided by RFID.

 

MANUFACTURING AUTOMATION

JANUARY 2011

American RFID Solutions delivers RFID automation to a Fortune 500 company to manage a multi-building manufacturing campus with build to order, just in time inventory processes. Event notification and the business rules engine built into ARS’ TrackStar software provide best of breed quality control while increasing direct labor efficiency.

 

RETAIL SECTOR BREAKTHROUGH

NOVEMBER 2010

American RFID Solutions offers a new innovative solution using low cost RFID sensors to track retail operations via its 3D geodetic map of real time locations of employees, sales assist vendors and VIP customers. The new technology represents a new paradigm to allow retailers to gain access to priceless business insights. Our RFID/RTLS systems and empirical data provide opportunities for improved data analysis, sales assistance and brand mindshare.

 

ARS GROWS INTO NEW HEADQUARTERS

SEPTEMBER 2010

American RFID Solutions moves to larger facilities which expand its dock capabilities and include a new high lift warehouse for better order fulfillment.

 

BP DEEPWATER HORIZON MAN DOWN MODULE

AUGUST 2010

American RFID Solutions creates a breakthrough solution to provide real time monitoring of oil rig workers to ensure their safety and compliance to manpower staffing and certification requirements. In other words, the RTLS system ensures the right workers with the proper certifications and skill sets are on board the rig at the desired station to maximize safety and productivity. Akin to the black box for aviation, this new solution ensures all stakeholders are aware of real time situational deployment of human resources.

 

HD 500 EXPANDS THE HD 1000 ANTENNA LINE

JUNE 2010

American RFID Solutions continues to mastermind improvements in the RFID/RTLS space. Building on the highly successful high definition product line of UHF antennas, ARS adds the HD 500 which maintains the performance but delivers it in half the size. This breakthrough makes it easier to mount antennas in retail and office environments where aesthetics and space are important constraints.

 

RFID & PROPERTY TRACKING SYSTEM

MAY 2010

American RFID Solutions provides state of the art RFID technology to help a top tier Department of Defense contractor track 27,000 assets over their 1 million square foot facility. ARS deployed its TrackStar software and integrated 3D maps to show the real time location of items, allowing users to easily find company property.

 

RFID – Ideas Worth Sharing AT PRESTIGIOUS TED EVENT

APRIL 2010

American RFID Solutions Founder & CEO, Harold Clampitt, discusses “Ambient Information: the DNA of Decision Making” bringing his expertise in the field of RFID to the development of a superior process for extinguishing noise and getting the best information in the right time frame to yield peak outcomes.

 

ANT – ANTENNA TUNER

DECEMBER 2009

American RFID Solutions upgrades its Antenna Tuner tool which provides installation crews with an automated means to maximize tag singulations. ANT makes the radio waves visible by building real time graphs and statistics to outline the performance of elements in a modern read zone. ARS eliminates the guess work and black magic in delivering high performance RFID or RTLS system.

 

TrackStar 3rd GEN

SEPTEMBER 08, 2009

ARS releases its third generation event notification module for TrackStar. Known as the eVENT Engine, it automatically advises customers via email and sms messages on the progress of their order fulfillment. Anyone who sends a parcel package has come to appreciate the value of real time updates on where UPS or FedEx locate the package within their delivery chain. Now this capability is available to anyone who uses ARS’ TrackStar or iSTAR, award winning software. Works in a linear or multi-branch chain to track items of interest. Once again, ARS software permanently unlocks the value from the RFID hardware.

 

RFID AUTOMATION WITH LEXMARK

AUGUST 2009

Lexmark, a leading Fortune 500 company specializing in printers, collaborates with ARS to create a success story for RFID automation. The case study shows the benefits of ARS software deployed at a live customer site making millions of measurements a day and using numerous Lexmark RFID Laser printers. The solution increases manufacturing efficiency. A double digit direct labor improvement and superior response time are the hallmarks of this real world use case being driven by ARS TrackStar software.

 

STEP UP WITH LEAN MANUFACTURING

JULY 2009

ARS takes Lean Manufacturing to a new level. Working with the world’s premier automotive manufacturing company (Fortune 100), ARS re-invented the Andon concept. Using Smart Phones and Multi-media content we added mobility to the traditional fixed status display stations. iSTAR supports this up and close investigation by providing a multi-media Andon as well as other situational aware information. We are now a leader in line with Toyota’s Genchi Genbutsu (現地現物) which means “Go and see for yourself to thoroughly understand the situation”. ARS continues its ground breaking efforts by supplying the right information, at the right time, to the person best suited to take action for the benefit of the stakeholders.

 

LTA FROM AEROSPACE

MAY 2009

Aerospace Fortune 500 company awards a LTA (Long Term Agreement) to an ARS client because of their use of TrackStar and iSTAR. Up to this point RFID was being positioned as a technology to improve efficiency by making life simpler for staff, cheaper for the organization, and offering a better customer experience. Now the evidence shows RFID can be used to also grow revenue. Our client benefited from showing his Aerospace customer how RFID is dramatically improving their operations. It instilled such confidence in the Aerospace giant that they awarded the LTA. ARS’ client has over one hundred new SKUs and their revenue flow. A great tribute to how ARS software unlocks the value of RFID and improves business operations.

 

BEST IN SHOW

APRIL 2009

The industry’s most prestigious show, RFID Journal Live, recognized ARS with a finalist award for Best in Show for iSTAR.  This replicated a similar honor earned by ARS with its TES product in 2008. We are the only company to ever do this two years in a row and it highlights ARS’ innovation and game changing excellence.  We are very appreciative of the iSTAR contributions made by our team members in the US, Canada, India, Russia and Malaysia.

 

NEW MILESTONE

MARCH 2009

New milestone for ARS. The company noted that it reached an important step in its 5 year history. The point of distinction includes ARS’ involvement in tagging/tracking over one million items such as material handling equipment (golf carts, fork trucks, pallet jacks, pallets), tools, people, books, cars, large screen TVs, IT equipment, classified assets, guns, jewelry, paper, computers, liquid detergent, hi-pressure steel tanks, cans, batteries, aerospace parts and other items of importance. Contributing to this success are ARS customer sites which have eclipsed over 1 billion reads. ARS attributes this success to two strategic investments. The first occurred in 2007 when ARS advanced its architecture to use load balancing, stackable servers. Second, in the summer of 2008, ARS deployed an application framework similar to that used by giant FedEx to handle millions of parcels each day, except we harnessed it for tag reads on extreme volume customer sites. Another example of ARS software unlocking the value from common off the shelf RFID hardware.

 

TES IN ETS

JANUARY 2009

McLean, VA. Booze Allen Hamilton (BAH) places TES in their Emerging Technology Showcase (ETS). ARS passed their rigorous screening process and BAH has added TES to their arsenal of biometric security solutions. BAH is truly an elite consulting firm which many of the world’s largest companies (including the US Government) turn to for security consulting. It is an honor to be invited to join ETS and a huge opportunity to give exposure to TES.