Veea, a provider of network edge compute and connectivity platform solutions for “smart” applications, has announced that its VeeaHub-based solutions are designed and ready to meet the needs of COVID-19 healthcare providers and responders across the globe.
With the rapid deployment of “pop-up” testing, temporary surge sites and treatment centers, the need for high-performance, resilient and scalable network access and local application processing at the edge of the network has never been more crucial than it is right now.
To address the unique requirements of temporary and long-term patient care facilities for COVID-19 pandemic, Veea Inc. is offering a unique rapid deployment IT and communications network solution in most countries around the globe.
VeeaHub products, with a form factor and installation process resembling the typical Wi-Fi Access Point (AP), “out of the box” can create a wireless and wired mesh cloud for Wi-Fi and IoT devices and sensors throughout the coverage area.
“Always-on” 4G connectivity, with or without any broadband connectivity through the local ISP, is particularly important for temporary facilities that require a rapid and easy communication network installation on a turnkey basis in support of healthcare providers’ and patients’ communications or operations as needed.
The entire world is facing an unprecedented time as COVID-19 has disrupted billions of lives and hundreds of millions of businesses around the globe. Many healthcare facilities have been stretched beyond capacity.
Steps are being taken to care for those affected in ways that were unimaginable just weeks ago in temporary facilities. During this calamitous period, it’s critical that municipalities, local and federal governments, and healthcare organizations who are setting up temporary patient care facilities or expanding the capacity of their existing facilities have access to equipment and technologies that are capable of delivering satisfactory levels of care to every patient.
In addition, every patient staying at these facilities, many for 20-30 days or more, requires Wi-Fi access to stay in touch with family members and healthcare providers, whether remote or within the same facilities. The VeeaHub platform solution allows both permanent and temporary healthcare facilities to quickly set up a network for seamless communications within the care facilities, along with connections to affiliated facilities and public networks to ensure that the highest level of monitoring and care is provided to every patient.
Veea offers a variety of VeeaHub models for both indoor and outdoor installation. All VeeaHub models offer IoT connectivity with Zigbee and Bluetooth 4.2 and 5.0. Specific models also support Z-Wave and LoRaWAN (limited availability through May ‘20) for wide area IoT coverage.
VeeaHub models offer a variety of network and device interfaces such as 10/100/1G/2.5G/5G Base-T Ethernet connections, 2X or 3X USB 3.0 Type-A, and an RS232/422/485 serial interface often required for many types of ventilators and other hospital equipment. Utilizing the wireless meshing capabilities of VeeaHubs, healthcare providers are able to quickly and cost-effectively set up a private hybrid wireless and wired cloud, resembling an on-premises mini-datacenter, without requiring new structure cabling installation.
VeeaHubs and applications can be managed locally via a smartphone app or cloud-based network and device management dashboards. In addition, VeeaHubs can be easily redeployed to different locations as the needs shift.
Moreover, VeeaHubs are architected to also run container-based applications locally, or through the cloud, so that critical applications continue to be available and be highly responsive, even if broadband connectivity is interrupted. This approach can bring the power of the cloud computing to the local network. Using comprehensive developer tools offered for VeeaHub applications, the healthcare organization’s IT staff can take advantage of VeeaHub’s embedded Linux servers to implement and run applications in highly secure Docker containers in isolation at the patient care facilities. Providing healthcare workers with reliable access to critical information and systems could mean the difference between life and death for some patients.
“The work we have put into developing our hybrid Connectivity + Computing platform over the last five years is ready in time to assist the professionals on the frontlines of the battle against COVID-19”, said Allen Salmasi, CEO of Veea. “As a company based in New York City, we recognize at a very personal level how critical it is to make sure healthcare providers have the communications and computing capabilities they need, regardless of the type of facilities, while patients can cost-effectively remain connected to the public network with Wi-Fi, 4G and wired connections. We are committed to supporting our healthcare providers and public servants in the fight against this dreaded pandemic across the globe.”