IP Nurse Call Network Overview
Xingtera offers G.hn and high-speed wired communication chipsets, modules, and solutions for IP nurse call networks over twisted-pair, cat-5, 2-wire, DC power-line, UTP, STP, or other copper cables. By utilizing our “IP over Wire” technologies, it would be very simple to establish high-speed multi-node IP Ethernet nurse call networks over any wire.
For modern nurse call systems, since it involves lots of voice, video, and data communications, there is always a strong requirement for a stable and multi-node IP network. For legacy systems, analog or low-speed digital (such as serial) cables or wires are used to connect different nurse call terminals together. However, for the next generation systems, the IP network has shown huge advantages and is therefore mandatory.
For IP-based data networks, common setup involves several Ethernet switches and many point-to-point Ethernet cables. However such deployment would face the difficulties of higher hardware cost (for Ethernet switches and longer Ethernet cables), and higher labor cost (for installation of devices and hardware). Alternatively, the Xingtera solution can use a single set of wires (2-wire, twisted-pair, coax, or even DC power-line) to cover up to 1,000 nodes with up to 1,000Mbps of aggregate data rate. The deployment of such systems would reduce system-level cost and labor costs by a large portion.
Based on advanced G.hn and high-speed wired communication technologies, Xingtera solution enables high-speed multi-node Ethernet/IP over wire network over twisted-pair/2-wire cable (or other metal wires), effectively enabling a simple networking solution for IP nurse call systems. Multi-node mesh Ethernet or IP network can be established across wards and floors in a hospital, and Xingtera offers 100/1,000/2,000Mbps wired communication options. Depending on cable parameters, the wired communication solution can reach up to 1,000 meters of twisted-pair/2-wire cables, much longer than Ethernet’s reach. It also provides a flexible selection of interfaces including Ethernet (RJ-45), RS-232/RS-485, general UART/serial ports, MODBUS, and GPIOs.
Ethernet/IP over 2-Wire Applications:
- IP nurse call system reusing twisted-pair, cat-5, 2-wire, DC power-line, UTP, STP, or other copper cables/wires
- Hospital information network connectivity reusing twisted-pair, cat-5, 2-wire, DC power-line, UTP, STP, or other copper cables/wires
- Hospital and medical intercom system reusing twisted-pair, cat-5, 2-wire, DC power-line, UTP, STP, or other copper cables/wires
IP Nurse Call Network Features:
- Xingtera technologies support up to 1,000 nodes or terminals within a single power-line or twisted-pair network
- 100M/1,000M/2,000M data rate options available
- Support interfaces of Ethernet (RJ-45), RS-232/RS-485, general UART/serial ports, MODBUS, and GPIOs
- Automated network setup with multi-hop functionality
- MOD923 wired communication module for high-speed Ethernet over twisted-pair/coax/2-wire/power-line
- MOD958 G.hn module for ultra-high-speed multi-interface network over twisted-pair/coax/2-wire
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IP Nurse Call Background:
Nurse Call Systems have a long history from button and buzzer systems to today’s smart data platforms. The adoption of Ethernet and IP network technology contributes greatly to the revolution.
In the past, nurse call systems were hard-wired electrical systems. Unfortunately, hard-wired systems are inflexible, since they can’t communicate to other systems, they transmit only analog signals, there is no way to record any events, and there is no way to indicate criticalness of the calls.
Internet Protocol (IP) and Ethernet technology are essentially very similar to the nurse call systems. The components of the nurse call system: call points, lights, touchscreens, master stations, they all talk to servers, similar to a browser visiting a website. Every nurse call terminal or device will acquire an IP address so that the server always knows which button was pressed and which light to activate in response. When pressed, the call buttons send IP packets of data instead of an electrical signal. Therefore, IP technology transforms Nurse Call Systems from hardware-only systems to software and data platforms. Once all the components are adopting IP protocols, more applications will be enabled very easily.
What can IP Nurse Call do?
- Two- or multi-way voice and data communication
- Bed-side smart terminals enabling information management and entertainment
- Central administration for enterprise deployment
- Easy integration with other systems as well as mobile devices
- Program specific actions based on different call types
- Nurse Call data and log storage for review, analysis, and audit
- IT-friendly equipment and deployment with easy upgrade to future versions