HID Global Helps Hospitals Keep Doctors, Nurses and Staff Safe From Workplace Violence With New IoT-Based Duress Badge

AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/HIDGlobal?src=hash” target=”_blank”gt;#HIDGloballt;/agt;–HID Global®, a worldwide leader in trusted identity
solutions, today announced its new BEEKs™ Duress Badge Beacon
that addresses the growing need to protect doctors, nurses and other
caregivers from threatening situations that arise in the hospital
environment. The Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) duress functionality
provides a fast and easy way for hospital personnel to send security
staff real-time distress alerts from anywhere in or around the hospital
campus if they are in duress and in case of other emergencies.

Enabled by Bluvision™ (part of HID Global), the duress beacon is the
latest addition to the HID Location Services IoT platform, which makes
it possible to streamline and enable multiple location services
applications in a unified healthcare IoT ecosystem. The BLE beacon can
be used by itself or integrated into popular access control cards
already in use. Staff members or clinicians just press the back of their
badge to instantaneously trigger a duress alert that identifies them and
their location—inside the hospital, the parking garage or other
configured areas—for immediate action by security teams.

“It’s well known that an effective response system is critical to keep
high-risk situations from escalating into workplace violence, but
acquiring, deploying and managing yet another disparate hospital system
is costly–often creating a barrier to adopting a duress solution,” said John
Sailer, Chief Operating Officer of Bluvision.
“HID’s new beacon and
our end-to-end IoT platform enable hospitals to easily plug real-time
duress detection and alerts into their healthcare IoT infrastructure.
This powerful combination simplifies the process of increasing
healthcare personnel safety with a solution that also requires minimal
effort by the user.”

Together with HID Location Services, the new beacon can be centrally
managed through the cloud to transfer new messages, send firmware
updates and conduct battery status checks remotely. Its unique design
allows it to broadcast reliably and with precision, even in densely
populated Wi-Fi environments. The beacon simultaneously supports iBeacon
(Apple), Eddystone (Google) and sBeacon (Bluvision) protocols and
pinpoints the location of the user down to 6 ft (2 m).

HID’s duress badge solution with real-time location services is highly
sought after beyond healthcare. The hospitality market, including
restaurants and hotels, is another broad area where staff is vulnerable
to workplace violence risks due of the social nature of the sector. The
hotel industry has been an early adopter of duress solutions to help
their room attendants feel safe on the job.

to learn more about HID’s BEEKs Duress Badge Beacons and HID
Location Services.

About HID Global

HID Global powers the trusted identities of the world’s people,
places and things
. We make it possible for people to transact
safely, work productively and travel freely. Our trusted identity
solutions give people convenient access to physical and
digital places and connect things that
can be identified, verified and tracked digitally. Millions of people
around the world use HID products and services to navigate their
everyday lives, and over 2 billion things are connected through HID
technology. We work with governments, educational institutions,
hospitals, financial institutions, industrial businesses and some of the
most innovative companies on the planet. Headquartered in Austin, Texas,
HID Global has over 3,000 employees worldwide and operates international
offices that support more than 100 countries. HID Global® is an ASSA
ABLOY Group brand. For more information, visit www.hidglobal.com.

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HID Global
Anthony Petrucci
Senior Director, Corporate
Communications & Public Affairs

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