TekTone® Sound & Signal Mfg., Inc has chosen DFI-ITOX as supplier of the motherboard in their Tek-CARE nurse call systems. TekTone® manufactures a wide range of nurse call systems, from a basic direct-select audible-visual to the latest microprocessor-based audio/visual nurse call systems. DFI® uses the latest technology platforms and manufacturing techniques to produce reliable module boards for use in medical applications. This collaboration between DFI-ITOX and TekTone® increases the stability and sustainability of the nurse call systems.
In business since 1973, TekTone® began its manufacturing operations in Lake Park, Florida. Since that time, the company has grown rapidly to serve the intercommunication market both nationally and internationally. The line of nurse call systems includes everything from visual-analog to fully programmable microprocessor intercom systems. These systems are in an enormous number of applications around the world, such as emergency call systems for elderly housing and apartments, small clinics and doctor’s offices, and panic alarms for retail and government facilities.
DFI-ITOX, located in East Brunswick, NJ, is a fully owned subsidiary of DFI® Inc. located in Taipei, Taiwan. In business since 1981, DFI® is a leading supplier of motherboards, modules and systems in the embedded computer space. The partnership with TekTone® is indicative of the emphasis DFI® places on the medical space. To further solidify their commitment to medical, DFI® completed their ISO 13485 certification in 2012. In addition to the medical space, DFI® is also active in such areas of application such as Automation, Transportation, Gaming, POS, and Digital Signage.
The motherboard solution provided by DFI® for TekTone® nurse call systems is SB331-IPM. This compact microATX board supports Intel® Core™ 3rd/2nd processor and improved Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, which enables each processor core to handle two instruction threads and dynamically increase the clock speed when all cores are not fully utilized. This scalable desktop platform incorporates features making it ideal for the nurse call applications, including 3 Gigabit LAN ports that provides nurse call systems connections to the facility’s LAN, 2 PCIe x16 expansion slots (1 x16 and 1 x4 signal) for video capture cards, 2 PCIe x1 expansion slots, and 36-bit digital IO ports for device controls. It also provides 4 SATA 2.0 ports, 2 SATA 3.0 ports, 14 USB 2.0 ports, 2 Serial COM ports, and 1 front audio connector for line-out and mic-in jacks. The nurse call systems alert staff via display and speaker audio if a call station is activated, develops a problem,or leaves the coverage location.
Nursing call systems are widely used, not just in hospitals, but assisted living care, clinics and nursing homes. TekTone® nurse call systems offer a highly configurable hard wired and wireless nurse call / emergency call system, and a series product line of radio pocket paging systems for use with all of the healthcare systems.
Mr. Jarry Chang, PM Director at DFI Inc. comments "Partnering with a company such as TekTone®, with its worldwide presence, is an important achievement for DFI®."
Brad Hyder, TekTone® Marketing Mgr. comments "Because of the nature of our product, reliability is crucial to our system. We chose DFI® because of the low failure rate of their products, the longevity of products, revision control, and their world class support"
TekTone® has many years of experience in developing system solutions for nurse call, alert integration, emergency call, and apartment entry. DFI®is a global provider offering a wide range of products for diversified industrial applications. TekTone’s products, using DFI’s latest technology, enable TekTone® to differentiate themselves from their competitors.