Reflex action will protect newborn

Parents of new born babies at a Berkshire hospital can be sure their children are safe and secure thanks to innovative security technology, from Rotherham-based Reflex Systems.

Reflex was chosen by Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals Trust to design and install the system, which uses sophisticated wireless technology linked to alarms and locks on doors in the maternity unit.

Nurses fit mothers and babies with matching radio frequency identification – or RFID – tags.

The user-friendly tags are monitored around the clock and trigger an alarm if a baby is taken somewhere it shouldn’t be, the tag is removed, or it stops working.

The alarm sounds in the immediate area, at the nurses’ stations and at a central security desk.

The wireless monitoring system system can also automatically lock doors in a pre-arranged sequence if an alarm is triggered and is integrated into site-wide CCTVmonitoring systems which allow nurses to keep an eye on what is happening at all times.

Reflex Systems’ managing director John Pye said: “We designed this system using the very latest, fully integrated technology to ensure we can provide complete peace of mind to hospital staff and their maternity patients.

“It was also important that the system controlled access in a practical way that allows operational freedom for staff, reasonable access to families and compliance to other building management needs too.”

Kay Loudon-Bruce, head of security for the Hospitals Foundation Trust, praised the Reflex system.

She said: “Reflex Systems has delivered a technologically sound, robust infant security solution that means we can trust in the system to do its job in providing the best possible protection for mothers and their babies.”