Vertical Markets

Infant bracelet

by Mark Rowe

Elpas, part of the Security Products business unit of Tyco (NYSE: TYC), has introduced a new version of its Infant Protection Bracelet, part of its Infant Protection Solution.

It’s a small Active RFID Tag, and the Elpas Charm that, when used as part of the Infant Protection Bracelet, enables wireless deterrence of infant abduction and mother-baby mismatch from the time of birth or admittance until discharge.

David Fensterheim, Vice President, Product Management for Elpas, said: “Technology offerings for the maternity and neonatal environments must be efficient, easy to use and provide hospitals with the flexibility to fit the patient care and security protocols of their facility. Our new Infant Protection Bracelet expands the capabilities of our current Infant Protection Solution offerings to this market.”

The Elpas Charm provides real-time indoor positioning data so that medical staff can know the location, movement and status of the protected infant. With its nylon plastic enclosure, the Charm is described as easy to clean and use. Average battery life of the Elpas Charm is about two years.

The Charm communicates with an Elpas Mother Bracelet, which allows the nurse or mother to verify the mother and baby match with the press of a button on the mother’s bracelet. This provides nursing staff with a method for preventing unintended mismatches. The system can integrate with CCTV, providing visuals of all alerts, and can also be used for panic alarms, wander control, asset tracking and wireless nurse calls.

The infant RFID bracelet is lightweight and comes with a tamper band that alerts when the bracelet is opened – even when submerged in water. For added security, the bracelet also supports instantaneous near-exit location alerting to help guard against unauthorised departmental transfers and to assist in enforcing staff and family escort policies between hospital departments. Visit

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