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A healthcare facility’s top objective is to protect patients, and this includes protection from airborne infectious disease. Dust, mold, and spores found in the space above a suspended ceiling, or within walls, are components of airborne infectious disease. Patients, in particular surgery and immuno-compromised patients, should be protected from these components of airborne infectious disease.

Healthcare Wi-FiPoking holes through, or lifting, ceiling tiles to pass antennas or cables is not acceptable in hospitals, as these openings in the ceiling readily pass dust and spores. Wireless access points should be mounted in an enclosure which permits access to the equipment, and connection to the data cable, without lifting or penetrating the suspended ceiling.

The Joint Commission on Hospital Accreditation has developed procedures for mitigating the spread of infectious disease and contamination in hospitals. These Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) procedures require that areas in which work (such as pulling cable and lifting ceiling tiles)  is to be performed must have a barrier in place, and be negatively pressurized, such that dust and spores are not spread through the facility. These procedures will have a serious impact on access point and cabling installation, moves, adds, and changes.

Oberon enclosures provide access to ceiling-mounted wireless LAN access points and networking equipment without entering the area above the ceiling (the “plenum” space), helping to protect vulnerable patients from airborne contaminants and simplifying ICRA procedures.

Oberon’s UL Listed installation kits and enclosures also help installations meet the National Electric Code (N.E.C.) article 300.22 and 300.23 requirements for installing equipment above a suspended ceiling. The enclosure’s solid back-box creates an effective dust, smoke, and fire barrier, helping to preserve the fire rating of the ceiling system.


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Healthcare environments must anticipate rapid growth in wireless and wired infrastructure. Oberon’s wireless and zone enclosures can simplify wireless and structured cabling growth, moves, adds, and changes in Healthcare facilities.

The ceiling enclosures have a back-box which creates a dust barrier between the area above the ceiling and below the ceiling. Inside an enclosure, the access point can be serviced without lifting ceiling tiles.

Save the time and money required to deploy a tent or barrier normally required to satisfy the ICRA procedure for above-ceiling work.

Model 1052: Locking, suspended ceiling access point enclosure for APs with external antennas Model 1052: Locking, suspended ceiling access point enclosure for APs with external antennas

Model 1052: Locking, suspended ceiling access point enclosure for APs with external antennas


Simplify compliance

 

No need to deploy tents when servicing access points!

Oberon’s enclosures have interchangeable doors for wireless equipment.

As technology migrates and updates or changes are made to the installed access points or antennas, the enclosure door can be swapped out (if necessary) without lifting ceiling tiles.

Protect your investment and simplify migration to new technologies. 

 

 

In addition to patient safety, ICRA procedures, NEC, and HIPAA, wireless installers must be able to provide for a high-performance, mission-critical, wireless network, blending aesthetically with the environment.

Oberon offers the widest selection of wireless access point mounts, enclosures and installation kits for the wireless networking professional. These products are purpose-built for optimized installation of virtually all Wi-Fi access point vendors’ models, in every kind of space, including:

•    Open, canopy, panel and cloud ceilings
•    Suspended ceilings
•    Hard lid/wall environment, both new construction and remodeling
•    Patient rooms
•    Washdown areas

 


Model 1044: Suspended ceiling flush mount access point installation kit Model 1044: Suspended ceiling flush mount access point installation kit

Model 1044: Suspended ceiling flush mount access point installation kit

Ideal for suspended ceiling areas, this mount includes tile bridge, back-box, fire stop grommet and AP-specific trim.


 Model 1042 and 1043:  Hard lid ceiling or wall flush mount AP installation kit  Model 1042 and 1043:  Hard lid ceiling or wall flush mount AP installation kit

 Model 1042 and 1043:  Hard lid ceiling or wall flush mount AP installation kit

Ideal for hard lid ceiling areas. Model 1042 (old construction –remodel) includes back-box, fire stop grommet and AP-specific trim.

Model 1043 (new construction) includes hanger bar, back-box, fire stop grommet, and
AP-specific trim.


Model 1077:  Locking, suspended ceiling access point enclosure Model 1077:  Locking, suspended ceiling access point enclosure

 Model 1077:  Locking, suspended ceiling access point enclosure

Ideal for 2’ x2’ suspended ceiling areas. Includes  2’x2’ flange, back-box, fire stop grommet and interchangeable doors for different vendors’ access points.


Oberon ceiling mounts and enclosures are UL listed Oberon ceiling mounts and enclosures include a firestop grommet large enough for (2) Cat 6A cables.

 Oberon ceiling mounts and enclosures are UL listed and include a firestop grommet large enough for (2) Cat 6A cables.


 Oberon’s locking enclosures provide clear-cut compliance with
HIPAA
Paragraph 164.310
Physical Safeguards
for securing
all network endpoints.
 

Benefits

  • Help protect patients from airborne contaminants
  • Simplify ICRA procedure compliance when servicing access points
  • National Electric Code (NEC) compliance
  • Physically secure equipment for clear cut HIPAA compliance
  • Low profile, flush to ceiling, aesthetic, professional installation

Features

  • UL Listed, OSHPD approved. Designed to satisfy N.E.C. for installation in plenum space
  • 2’ x 2’ steel and aluminum ceiling tile enclosure drops into standard suspended ceiling
  • Attractive, textured, white powder coat finish
  • Non-metallic domes are virtually transparent to wireless signals
  • Interchangeable locking doors simplify moves, adds and changes to new access points or antennas
  • Solutions for virtually all vendor’s wireless access points, DAS antennas, and telemetry sensors

 

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