Sentara Health Implements Xtract One SmartGateway Systems

With violence against healthcare workers rising, Sentara has teamed with Xtract One to install its SmartGateway systems throughout its 12 facilities.

TORONTO—Xtract One Technologies Inc., has announced that it has entered into a partnership with Sentara Health to provide weapons detection services at hospitals in Virginia, following a successful deployment of Xtract One’s SmartGateway entry screening technology.

The Canadian company says the deployment at two hospitals of its systems was part of the evaluation for expansion to all 12 Sentara hospitals in Virginia and North Carolina.

“Our first promise to our patients, visitors and staff is safety,” says Sherwin Stewart, system lead for the Xtract One pilot.

“We selected Xtract One’s solution because it aligns with our goal to provide a safe and welcoming environment. We appreciate the flexibility of Xtract One’s solution to adapt to our operations rather than the other way around.”

SmartGateway System Protects Healthcare Workers

Xtract One points out that violence against healthcare workers has grown, especially since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Citing specific data, the company says about 74% of workplace violence in the U.S. is committed against health care workers according to the National Institutes of Health. While all Sentara facilities are posted as firearm and weapon free, undetected weapons have the potential to escalate confrontations into lethal conflicts.

According to Xtract One, its SmartGateway unobtrusively detects hidden firearms, knives, and other weapons as they enter buildings. The solution’s artificial intelligence (AI) sensors scan for prohibited items without requiring the offloading of personal items.

In addition to healthcare facilities, Xtract One notes that its SmartGateway is also capable of protecting entrances at arenas and stadiums around the country, as well as casinos, workplaces, and schools. Its flexible configuration allows the technology to work effectively in a range of industries – from hospitals and healthcare facilities to stadiums and arenas – with the common purpose of protecting patrons and workers from mass casualty events.

“Xtract One’s SmartGateway is an ideal solution for organizations like Sentara, whose priority is providing a positive experience and exceptional overall patient care,” adds Peter Evans, Xtract One CEO.

“Sentara evaluated several solutions on the market, and we are very happy to deliver the customizable solution they were seeking. Most compelling was our ability to align our system with their specific needs. Our philosophy, and every aspect of the business is oriented toward delivering that brand experience for our customers.”

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