Zone Builder Installation Tool Released

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Parco begins shipping installation tool which reduces time for installation.

Parco Merged Media Corporation’s released its room building tool that will be branded the Parco Zone Builder.

The Parco Zone Builder (information can be found on the web at enables the installer to quickly setup the default building zones within the Parco RTLS: Campus, Building, Floor, Wing, and Room. The setup entails marrying the UCS (typically centered outside of the building at ground level in the southwest corner) to the graphical rendering of the hospital’s facilities. The tool includes all of the capabilities required to import CAD renderings and to format them correctly for use. All installer interfaces are accomplished using a graphical user interface.

“Parco’s copyrighted and trade secreted approach to real time location is a hierarchical method,” explains Michael Farnsworth Parco’s System Architect. “Set up of the typical facility would take weeks under the older methods. This is our first release of a dedicated room builder tool. Our first version used demonstration code which was not purposely designed for the task. Although it worked --- it was too difficult for the installer to use.”

“The key to a successful implementation of a system is more closely correlated to the ease of the install and its continuing support,” says Bert Dugal Parco’s President. “A room building tool is crucial because hospital buildings change. Architects tend to incorporate features such as curved exterior glazing, wheelchair ramps and other non-linear features in their architecture. This new tool accommodates both new installs and later modifications. The keys to success in health care are support, support and support.”

The Parco RTLS™ System contains several components: (a) middleware called a parser, (b) data sorting tool called a manager, (c) several databases, (d) a web service, (e) a SDK, and (f) sample applications. The Parco approach to a SDK has been replicated by several developers into additional platforms including Java, PHP and CF.NET that are all vetted and approved as certified Parco Developer Platform Tools.

The Parco RTLS System and the new Zone Builder are compatible with all RFID systems sold and supported by Parco. Additional RFID systems supported include Exavera’s Vera-T™ family of products (, ZigBee™, passive RFID and bar code.

More information on Parco Merged Media can be found online at


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