Vancouver, BC & Regina, Sask - Nov. 6th, 2003
- Hospitality Network, a Canadian company that specializes in
the operation and management of patient television and telephone
rental services will soon be offering WiFi Internet access to
it's line up of patient centred services.
By rounding out their service offerings with wireless
Internet access, Hospitality Network will allow its customers
to stay connected during the process of their recovery. Email,
instant messengers, and web surfing are all available to patients
in their beds, without the hassle of having to worry about any
HN-branded Wi-Fi (802.11b) solutions, are powered
by FatPort. FatPort is the largest national wireless Internet
service provider (WISP) and suppier of Wi-Fi (802.11b) turnkey
solutions in Canada.
"By becoming a 'Virtual Hotspot Operator',
we are the latest addition to the 'Powered by FatPort' family,"
states Al Simpson, President and CEO of Hospitality Network. "FatPort
is providing us with a fully managed, HN-branded network that
will allow anyone with a wireless-enabled laptop or PDA inside
a hospital to access the Internet. Furthermore, hospital employees
will be able to access the internal networks securely and efficiently,
using the same infrastructure that is being installed."
"Hospitality Network is the perfect example of who our Virtual
Hotspot Operator program is designed for," states VP of Business
Development, Michael Kuhlmann. "With a leading market share
in the hospital vertical, wireless Internet access further completes
the existing solution offering, which includes both television
and telephone access in hospitals across Canada today."
In addition to offering the network for public use, nurses and
physicians will be able to make use of the wireless network in
a secure manner, allowing hospitals to explore new ways of improving
patient care and providing staff with the added convenience of
accessing the Internet when required.
Hospitality Network plans to trial the FatPort wireless Internet
access in a number of hospital sites in the upcoming months. "We
plan to provide pay per use Internet service, targeted at patients
and visitors, and IT use by hospital employees" says Paul
King, HN's Director of Technology. "We also plan to package
the rental of the FatPort wireless Internet access with the rental
of a laptop computer, for those patients who do not bring their
own laptop or PDA from home. Including the equipment as part of
the rental service is an integral part of our "managed solution"
offerings." Based on the success of these trials, Hospitality
Network will extend this wireless Internet solution to other healthcare
facilities across Canada.