In Rio de Jeneiro, thousand of doctors, hospital personnel, visitors and patients at the Brazilian National Cancer Institute (INCA) make use of the EsofNet Access Control System daily for secure access to a dozen major facilities on the premises.
Treating Patients As Individuals
Each new patient admitted to the centre is issued his or her own visitor access card. Each card is programmed to allow access to public areas such as lobbies, cafeterials, pharmacies, etc as well as restricting patient access to the hospital facilities they need to go to for treatment. For instance, visiting patients here for the day to receive radiation treatment are only permitted into the radiology lab and are not, for example, permitted into the Intensive Care Unit.
Track And Locate Patients On The Premises
The INCA hospital grounds massive and spread out, incorporating 12 individual hospital buildings, each with their own sub-facilities. Manually locating a missing doctor or patient on the premises can be a fierce hassle and can have life-or-death consequences but the EsofNET system allows a central monitoring station to monitor the access patterns of people in the building as well as locate particular persons anywhere in the complex, greatly speeding up the process of tracking and locating both patients and medical staff as necessary.
Automatic Visitor Card Expiry
This feature was added to handle large turnover of temporary patients and other short-term visitors to the institute every day. Basically, short-term visitor card expire after a single IN access, followed by a single OUT access. In addition, the visitor barcode cards used are very cheap and easily replaced should visitors fail to return their issued visitor cards. Entire lists of new barcode cards are periodically generated to replace old cards.
One Reader Processing Unit installed at each at the 12 major buildings, with a capacity for 64 door readers each.
Approximately 20 monitoring workstations are spread out throughout the premises with control functions restricted to the central monitoring station.