News Article | May 4, 2017
LISLE, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--CTS Corporation’s RF Sensor for particulate filters has been nominated by the AMA Association for Sensor and Measurement as a finalist for their 2017 Innovation Award. The RF Sensor is a new technology for directly monitoring and diagnosing the state of diesel and gasoline emission control systems on-board the vehicle using radio frequency (RF) technology. The AMA Association for Sensor and Measurement brings together technology companies which specialize in sensing and the measurement of physical, chemical, climatic, or other parameters. Presented this year for the 17th time, the AMA Innovation Award is among the most renowned prizes in sensor and measurement technology. CTS’ RF Sensor provides an alternative to conventional methods to meet on-board diagnostics (OBD) requirements for particulate filters through direct, and highly accurate, measurements of the filter’s state. Originally developed for diesel applications, particulate filters are now being implemented for gasoline vehicles to reduce soot emissions as well. CTS’ RF Sensor enables more efficient engine and emissions system operation by providing multiple sense functions in a single device, which simplifies and improves both the control and diagnostics of particulate filters. The winner for the 2017 Innovation Award will be announced during the opening ceremony of the SENSOR +TEST exhibition on May 30th, in Nuremburg, Germany. CTS (NYSE: CTS) is a leading designer and manufacturer of sensors, actuators and electronic components to OEMs in the aerospace, communications, defense, industrial, information technology, medical and transportation markets. CTS manufactures products in North America, Europe and Asia.
Tuo H.,University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign |
Hrnjak P.,University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign |
Hrnjak P.,Cts Inc.
International Journal of Refrigeration | Year: 2013
This paper presents a proposal for a venting reverse vapor in flash gas removal A/C system in order to improve refrigerant distribution and reduce pressure drop in microchannel evaporator and thus increase system efficiency. Introduction to the reverse vapor flow observed in parallel flow microchannel evaporator was presented in earlier IJR paper by the authors. An experimental comparison of the A/C system with new approach to an FGB system revealed that vapor venting provided a 5% increase of cooling capacity and 3% of COP when operated at identical test conditions, while the maximum COP improvement was approximately 10%-12% when capacity is matched by reduction of compressor speed. The improvement compared to direct expansion system was significantly higher. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd and IIR. All rights reserved.
Tuo H.,University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign |
Hrnjak P.,University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign |
Hrnjak P.,Cts Inc.
International Journal of Refrigeration | Year: 2013
This paper presents an experimental and numerical investigation of the flow maldistribution caused by the pressure drop in headers and its impact on the performance of a microchannel evaporator with horizontal headers and vertically oriented tubes. Experimental results show that the flash gas bypass method almost eliminates the quality induced maldistribution. However, refrigerant flow maldistribution caused by the header pressure drop still exists. This is mainly because the pressure drop along the headers results in uneven pressure difference and therefore non-uniform liquid refrigerant mass flow rate across each microchannel tube. A microchannel evaporator model validated by experimental results is employed to quantify header pressure drop induced flow maldistribution. Parametric analysis reveals that such maldistribution impact is significantly reduced by enlarging the outlet header size, increasing heat exchanger aspect ratio, or reducing the microchannel size while other parameters are kept constant. When ratio of outlet header to the total evaporator pressure drop is less than 30%, the cooling capacity reduction is limited below 3%. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd and IIR. All rights reserved.
News Article | February 22, 2017
LEXINGTON, Mass. & ORLANDO, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Imprivata®, the healthcare IT security company, and Connected Technology Solutions (CTS), today announced a partnership to enable positive patient identification at self-service registration kiosks. Imprivata PatientSecure® eliminates the need for providers and patients to input patient information manually by integrating with CTS kiosks to make the single patient identifier available through kiosk registration. According to the 2016 National Patient Misidentification Report from the Ponemon Institute, 63 percent of top-level U.S. healthcare executives and care providers say that the primary cause of patient misidentification is incorrect identification at the registration desk. To help eliminate patient identification errors at the source, Imprivata PatientSecure allows hospitals to identify patients through a biometric palm vein scan at CTS kiosks, rather than requiring manual input of patient information, verifying their medical information, co-pay collection, insurance validation, and more. “Since deploying our palm vein biometric identification platform, we have significantly reduced registration errors and lowered our duplicate medical record rate to 0.01 percent of our patient census, which is 80 times better than the national average,” said Craig Richardville, Chief Information & Analytics Officer at Carolinas Healthcare System. “Now that we’re able to integrate this technology directly into our registration kiosks, we expect increased improvement in our front-end patient registration process, which will further enhance our overall revenue cycle management operation and patient experience.” CTS leads the kiosk industry with purpose-built and specifically designed kiosk units for patient check-in. Embedding positive patient identification into CTS kiosks ensures accurate patient identification at check-in, and also improves insurance validation, collection of co-pays, and form fulfilment, addressing evolving patient needs while helping to drive new efficiencies in healthcare. “The use of biometric identification at registration kiosks is a great addition to our solutions and helps transform the entire registration and intake process, working directly with the Epic EHR,” said Marc Avallone, Vice President of Sales & Business Development at CTS. “Integrating Imprivata PatientSecure palm-vein biometrics with our kiosks has sped up the patient identification process and assures positive patient identification every time. This improves patient safety, overall registration throughput, and ultimately enhances the entire patient experience.” Imprivata PatientSecure is the positive patient identification platform for healthcare that eliminates patient misidentification at any point of entry or care and positively identifies patients to improve patient safety, increase revenue capture, and prevent identity theft. Beyond identification at registration, Imprivata PatientSecure helps hospitals to re-identify patients throughout their healthcare experience at points of care including medication administration, radiation oncology treatments, and blood transfusions. “Deep integrations with self-service kiosks, EHRs, and other digital health technologies are critical to ensuring positive patient identification at all points of care across the healthcare continuum,” said Justyna Evlogiadis, Senior Product Marketing Manager at Imprivata. “By partnering with CTS, we’re ensuring that patients are accurately identified and experience the best possible patient registration workflows, ultimately improving patient adoption of self-service kiosks as well as patient safety and revenue cycle performance.” The joint Imprivata and CTS solution is on display this week at the HIMSS17 Conference and Exhibition (February 20-22, 2017 in Orlando, Florida) in Imprivata booth #747 and CTS booth #1123. About Imprivata Imprivata®, the healthcare IT security company, provides healthcare organizations globally with a security and identity platform that delivers authentication management, fast access to patient information, secure communications, and positive patient identification. Imprivata enables care providers to securely and efficiently access, communicate, and transact patient health information to address critical compliance and security challenges while improving productivity and the patient experience. For more information, please visit www.imprivata.com. About Connected Technology Solutions (CTS) Connected Technology Solutions (CTS) is the healthcare industry’s #1 provider in patient check-in solutions. The CTS flagship patient check-in kiosk, the Patient Passport Express™ (PPE) is not only aesthetically pleasing to the eyes but features a full 40” range of vertical motion. This is the only fully compliant wheelchair-accessible patient check-in kiosk unit available in the U.S. The PPE’s are deployed across the United States, with over 200 million patient check-in transactions to date. Visit us at http://www.ctshealthcare.com for more information on how we can help you.
News Article | November 17, 2016
RightPatient® today announced that they have entered into a partnership with CTS Healthcare Services to facilitate fast, secure, and accurate patient identification during self-service check-ins. The integrated RightPatient® biometric platform streamlines the patient check-in process while improving patient safety and preventing identity theft. Under the partnership, CTS has integrated the RightPatient® patient identification system into its Patient Passport Express (PPE) line of self-service kiosks. Patients visiting a RightPatient® customer will enroll at a registration desk where the platform links their photo and biometric data to their medical record. During return visits, RightPatient® accurately identifies the patients at the CTS kiosk and retrieves their information so they can complete the check-in process. This process enhances the patient experience, improves registration efficiency, reduces wait times, and prevents medical identity theft. When used with Photo Biometrics, patients are recognized by simply taking their picture, offering an intuitive and hygienic experience. RightPatient® seamlessly integrates with Epic Welcome and other self-service check-in applications, as well as the provider’s back-end Electronic Health Record (EHR) and scheduling systems. Under its flexible Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model, providers can deploy RightPatient® for an affordable monthly fee and leverage its powerful cloud platform to recognize patients from any authentication end point. “Patient misidentification and duplicate records continue to be a pressing problem in the healthcare industry,” said Michael Trader, Co-Founder and President of RightPatient®. “Our partnership with CTS Healthcare Services demonstrates our commitment to ensuring accurate patient identification and safety at any point along the continuum of care.” “With the rising demand for accurate patient identification solutions, we needed a partnership with an experienced vendor to provide a reliable solution in our Patient Passport Express kiosks,” said Marc Avallone, Executive Vice President of CTS Healthcare Services. “RightPatient® with Photo Biometrics was a perfect fit, enabling us to provide hygienic, intuitive, secure authentication with a scalable platform that already integrates into many EHR systems. Now, patients can simply take their picture with the integrated biometric camera and they are instantly and accurately identified.” RightPatient® is the industry’s most flexible and scalable patient recognition platform. The cloud-based solution is utilized by hospitals and health systems that collectively see over 40 million patients annually and represent more than 900 healthcare locations. These forward-thinking providers process thousands of daily transactions through RightPatient® to prevent duplicate medical records, deter fraud, and increase patient safety. Interfaces already exist for various EHR systems, including Epic, Cerner, McKesson, Siemens, Meditech, CPSI and more. Backed by 14 years of experience in biometrics, cloud-computing, integration, and large-scale projects, we are dedicated to innovation and helping to achieve the “Triple Aim” by accurately recognizing patients from every encounter end point. CTS Healthcare Services is the leading provider of patient check-in healthcare services. Founded in 2002 and located in Wisconsin, CTS Healthcare is the patient services kiosk provider of choice for many major hospitals including CHI Franciscan, Carle, Bon Secours, Johns Hopkins, the Mayo Clinic and many more. Visit us at http://www.ctshealthcare.com for more information on how we can help you.
Grilo A.,New University of Lisbon |
Jardim-Goncalves R.,Cts Inc.
Advanced Engineering Informatics | Year: 2013
The development of web-based collaborative platforms, BIM, and transactional e-marketplaces has been changing the way companies in the AEC sector work. However, due to interoperability issues, the main problems of distributed data and information management across AEC companies and projects are yet to be overcome. This paper presents the Cloud-Marketplace concept, which expands on earlier developments combining BIM, SOA, Cloud Computing, and e-marketplaces in order to create interoperable communities of e-platforms. The Vortaway case study is described to demonstrate the validation of the concept in simple AEC e-procurement processes.© 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
News Article | August 1, 2014
As more and more Indians get online and increasingly shop online, it has become difficult for brands to get the kind of recall and retention that would mean more business for them. On top of that, the Indian consumer is very price-sensitive and always looking for the next best deal (read: discounts). How does a brand win consumer loyalty in this cut-throat online scene? Adtech startup Airloyal has the answer. Airloyal is a digital mobile advertisement startup that aims to revolutionize advertising by diverting a part of the annual global $500 billion advertisement expenditure into the pockets of consumers in emerging economies. “We have already launched our first product – Ladooo – a mobile advertising platform available on Google Play store that offers guaranteed engagement for every mobile ad campaign,” says Raja Hussain, Founder and CEO, Airloyal. Ladooo enables brands and application developers to engage with their target audience in a cost-effective manner and thereby gain deeper insights and higher brand recall. Consumers win free airtime on completion of certain product related tasks such as answering a quiz, watching a video or trying out an application. In my case, when I installed the android app, I got the following brand requests – INR 5 free talktime for installing the Flipkart app and running it for 30 seconds. Similar engagements were available for other brands like Paytm, Mobikwik, Snapdeal, Quikr, Tata, Jabong, Amazon, and Gaana etc. The app pays out only if there is guaranteed engagement from the user. “At Airloyal, we are focused on Android and empower brands who want to reach and engage consumers in the 15 to 25 age group across the country. Both conventional brands, as well as mobile app marketers will spend billions of dollars to engage consumers on mobile. We are well-positioned to be a key player in the Indian mobile advertising space due to the unique nature of our model where we ‘guarantee engagement’. We are the first mobile advertising platform that is beyond the banner ad,” adds Raja. The Airloyal team has an Infosys veteran, Nithyanandan Radhakrishnan as the co-founder and Chief of Strategy. “We wanted to do something disruptive and kept working on various ideas. Nithya was helping out externally and when we hit upon the idea to build Airloyal, it was obvious that he needed to come on board,” says Raja. After a successful second stint at Infosys, Nithya came onboard in April 2014 to drive strategy, fundraising and BD for Airloyal. Pandurang Nayak, the Chief of Products, was formerly with Times Internet Group as Business Head of BoxTV. Pandurang spent several years with Microsoft, CTS and Times Internet Group. He launched the video advertising business for Times Internet and built out their Netflix-for-India product called BoxTV. Prasanna Jaganathan, founder & Chief of Engineering at Airloyal has done his MS in Engineering in the US and has worked with three startups in the consumer & cloud computing space. Prasanna was Head of Engineering for Chennai-based Orange Scape for eight years. “The other three founding team members Sundar, Latha and Anitaa are each capable of operating as a one-person army. Our passion to ‘make the consumer win’ drives us day & night and has helped us achieve this scale in a short time,” adds Raja. Raja has himself been a part of a few startup teams; first at Roamware Inc, a silicon valley based mobile technology company and later when he ventured out on his own in 2012 with Funspot in Singapore, a mobile social gaming company focused on helping game developers to engage millions of consumers across Asia’s emerging markets like India, Indonesia, Vietnam & Philippines. The fact that the team comes from a mobile social gaming background means that they know a lot about extreme engagement and retention models. This is a huge differentiator for the team. Add to that, the relationships that the team members have with the mobile operators, courtesy the Roamware days where they did business with 700+ mobile operators around the world and one can see why Airloyal could go on to build a very formidable business. In particular, the two areas where Airloyal has been able to differentiate extensively are: 1. Post app-install engagement for advertisers – Airloyal claims to be the only ad platform that charges only for engaged app consumer. 2. Consumer poll service – This can get any brand an instant visibility about what 15 to 25 year olds feel about their brand, ad campaign, app or a promotion. For a popular coffee chain, the team was able to get instant opinion about their product offering from more than 30,000 consumers from across the country with demographic data, in less than three days! The journey so far – delivering 1 million engagements in just 90 days The Airloyal team has been able to help more than 30 top brands in India meet their consumer acquisition and engagement objectives. Within 90 days, the app has delivered close to one million paid guaranteed engagements to its customers. “Advertisers are thrilled by our scale to grow their campaigns fast and get them not just users, but engaged users,” says Raja. The Airloyal team’s vision is driven by – “We exist to make the customers win.” The app is seeing high organic growth rate and retention. With zero marketing, the team has been able to grow the user base quite significantly purely on word-of-mouth. Zhenya Tsvetnenko, a successful entrepreneur and investor from Australia in the mobile advertising space has invested in the Airloyal and the team is in discussions with marquee Indian as well as Silicon valley investors for raising Series A funds. “We are growing fast and will soon be a force in the mobile app marketing space in India. Anybody who wants to promote their mobile app, will need to have ladooo as core part of their plan. We have specific areas of expertise to acquire engaged users, engage existing users, understand user insights and help advertisers to get their app go viral,” says Raja about ladooo’s future. Airloyal intends to also expand its redemption offerings and options beyond airtime. They already support DTH. The market and YourStory’s take on Airloyal The global advertisement spend is $500B a year. The global mobile advertisement spend is $18B. The Indian online advertisement spend is close to INR 3000 Cr or $500M. The growth potential for Indian mobile advertising is huge, as more and more brands are gaining a better RoI on mobile and diverting more of their budgets to mobile. Android adoption is the key driver of this trend. An INR 3000 android phone changes the game with the ability for the brands to interact with consumers. Airloyal has quite a few things going for it: Even with big brands on board, the team has their vision in place and is focusing on making it a winning game for the app users.
News Article | June 19, 2014
The Federal Communications Commission is laying down its largest fine ever against a Chinese retailer that's allegedly been selling hundreds of models of illegal signal jammers over at least the past two years. The online retailer, CTS Technology, is being given a fine of $34.9 million, the maximum that the FCC can issue in this instance. Operating a signal jammer is illegal in the United States, as is selling and advertising them. Unfortunately for CTS Technology — which allegedly was brazen enough to claim that its jammers were FCC approved — it actually sold 10 units to FCC personnel. The FCC takes the sale of jammers seriously because they can prevent people from making 911 or other emergency calls, in addition to preventing communication by law enforcement. "Signal jammers present a direct danger to public safety, potentially blocking the communications of first responders," Travis LeBlanc, acting chief of the FCC's enforcement bureau, says in a statement. CTS Technology's jammers were able to do far more than that: various models it sold were allegedly able to block cell signals, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and GPS, among others. Certain models were even effective up to half a mile away. CTS Technology is said to currently have 285 models on sale. The FCC realizes that it's easy for Americans to buy signal jammers like these online, and it seems to be trying to set an example here of why international companies should be careful about where they market their products. The FCC is also ordering CTS Technology to stop selling and marketing the devices to US consumers and to hand over information about parties in the US that it sold them to. CTS Technology will still have a chance to appeal the fine or petition for a reduction, otherwise it'll have to pay within 30 days.
News Article | March 8, 2013
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is an evil condition. It can reduce the strength of your wrist and hand. It can make it difficult to do simple things like grip objects. It can reduce you to tears with severe pain when you do things like move your hand. Worst of all, if you are a writer, it can make typing on a keyboard an exercise in painful futility. I've had CTS for years. That's not surprising given the amount of typing I've done the last decade. I suspect my years of using 5+ pound Tablet PCs for taking ink notes in my previous career played a role, too. In fact, I experienced symptoms of CTS more often back then than in recent years after leaving the heavy tablets behind. The CTS symptoms start all at once. First, there is alternating numbness and tingling in my left hand. Then the pain in the wrist and hand appears, triggered by simply moving my wrist. It progressively gets worse until I do something about it. Several years ago, a doctor recommended a wrist brace to wear when the symptoms appear. That suggestion was golden, as wearing the brace for a week or two has always caused the symptoms to go away. The brace holds my wrist and hand in a rigid position, making it clumsy to do simple things. It's worth putting up with the brace though, as it stops the progression of CTS and gets my hand back to normal. I then put the brace away until the next time symptoms appear, usually months later. This time, CTS is back with a vengeance. My left hand started tingling a week ago. Then the numbness started, followed by the pain. When I started paying close attention to the problem, I noticed something I've never seen before — the muscles in my left hand have atrophied. It's no wonder my left hand's strength is markedly reduced compared to my right hand. Unfortunately, my trusty wrist brace didn't make the move last year with my other important stuff. I have no idea where it is, and I really need it to arrest the progression of the CTS. Thankfully, Amazon has me covered, and a new brace will be here today. I'm concerned that my symptoms are worse than they've been in the past, and the brace may not work as well as it has previously. If that's the case, then surgery will be in my future. Even if the brace is able to reverse my symptoms, it will take a few weeks. Typing will be difficult while wearing the brace, and given how severe these symptoms are, I will be reluctant to return to the keyboard even if they disappear in the future. It's clear that the CTS is getting progressively worse. Thinking about the future and the impact that CTS will have on my ability to type, I've been giving serious thought about using speech input for my writing. It's a scary thought but it may be unavoidable. I'm a mobile guy, and all my gear is of the mobile variety. That's what I use, and that's what I have to work with to use speech recognition for writing. This leads me to wonder how different platforms and devices will handle the speech recognition. Next: Speech recognition doesn't scare me; what devices I will test I won't be entering into the valley of speech input blindly. I've been playing with speech recognition for over a decade. It's been a passion of mine since the earliest methods appeared. I was impressed when IBM first introduced Via Voice, probably the first commercial personal speech recognition product. The PCs of that time were barely able to provide the compute power needed for real-time speech recognition, but IBM's technology was all the more impressive for that. Via Voice was such an advanced product for its time that I was captivated with the technology. I got extensive training on the technology and the practical use of it directly from IBM. They showed me why interpreting spoken words accurately was so complicated. It was fascinating training, and IBM certified me as a Speech Recognition Specialist as a result. My fascination with speech input has continued since then, and I try it on every platform I use. I've come to realize its usefulness is hit and miss depending on a lot of factors. Those factors will play a significant role in my attempt to use speech for my writing work. No matter what device and platform ends up working best for this work, my work methods will have to change. I will still do research for my articles in public venues, but there will be no more writing in those places. For speech recognition to have a chance to work well, a quiet area is required. I plan on doing the "writing", or speech input, in my home office. There will be no more music playing in the background, as is my common practice; quiet is required to make this work. Dictating text into a computer means speaking clearly and slowly to improve the accuracy of the interpretation. That will require lots of practice on every device and platform I test. The real trick to input by speech will be making sure that my writing style doesn't change. When speaking long articles, it is common to end up with short, choppy sentences, and that is no good. The spoken word is often much different than the written word. Through trial and error, I will have to come up with an entry methodology that works well for speech recognition, while maintaining my voice or writing style. I will only consider this a success if it's impossible to tell from reading my articles if they were typed as usual or dictated into the system. You deserve the best writing I can do, and that's what you will get from me. That's not an idle promise, that is the way it will be. I will start my journey into speech input with the MacBook Pro I recently purchased. Speech recognition is ingrained in OS X, and from the little experimentation I've done so far, it is OK. It allows speech input in any recognizable text entry box on the screen. I will also test the Chromebook, although speech input is a very recent addition to Chrome OS. I don't hold out much hope to use it extensively, but will give it a shot. I have great hope for using speech with the ThinkPad Tablet 2 I am testing. The speech recognition integrated into Windows has been good for years, and I'm hoping Windows 8 is as good or better as earlier versions. Speech recognition requires a lot of processor horsepower, and I'm concerned the Atom processor might not be up to the task. Google's speech input is much better than most people realize, and I will be trying it on the Nexus 7. How it will handle longer entries is not clear, but I will see. I'll also be testing the iPad, both the standard one and the iPad mini. I have used speech input in Siri quite successfully, and Apple has rolled that out across the system. I should be able to dictate articles into the browser tool we use at ZDNet, at least in theory. There is a big unknown as I start using speech for text entry, which will have to be figured out quickly. The most important question I have is whether the internal microphones on these devices are good enough for accurate recognition. Most of the devices I will test have array microphones designed to cancel background noise. This is to make it easier for the system software to accurately interpret the spoken words. If they don't work well enough, then an external noise cancelling microphone will be required for the writing. I have several to choose from, so we'll see how it goes. I plan on doing my research for articles much the same as I do now. I can do that using any of my devices since speech will not be a big factor. I should be able to do light typing for this work. I already use short voice notes in my work, and expect I'll do more of that. That works well across all the platforms at my disposal, so it shouldn't be a problem. Writing the articles proper will be done totally with speech using whatever I determine does it best. I will dictate each article from start to finish in as many sessions as it takes. My experience with speech recognition is to ignore "typos" as I go, and just get the words into the system and "on paper". For those times when the interpretation fails miserably, I plan on having an external audio recording of my dictation. That will allow me to playback what I said at the time and grasp how to correct the bad interpretation. After each article is written, I will do the editing phase much as I do now. I'm hoping the light typing required for editing won't cause my wrist any problems and that the brace doesn't interfere with it. If it does, I'll have to get good at using speech for this work, too. I hope that is not the case. I am interested to hear from anyone who is currently using speech input on a regular basis. Please share what you are using and how you make it work. This is not going to be an easy change for me, and I can use any help you can offer.