How SnapAV Integrator Dynamic Productions Services COVID-19 Testing Sites
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — When COVID-19 hotspots began to stress the healthcare systems and testing capabilities of several U.S. states, pop-up testing sites became a crucial weapon in the fight against the virus.
The success of these temporary testing facilities relies on many factors; however, according to New York-based Dynamic Productions, they all share one crucial need: a reliable, consistent Internet connection to enable necessary communications including appointment booking, order processing, insurance verification, credit card payments, IP phones, WiFi and patient surveys.
As a wave of event cancellations cascaded across the world in March and April, Dynamic Productions realized its vast expertise and knowledge of temporary technology installations could help pop-up testing sites operate faster, smoother and safer through the use of SnapAV networking and security solutions. After signing agreements with multiple testing site operators, the company began work on May 1, and has since brought its robust mobile solutions to more than 200 temporary testing sites in New York, Rhode Island and Florida.
“A testing site operator asked us to assist with logistics, and it snowballed from there,” says Dynamic Productions President Brian Rosenblum. “Luckily, our business and employees are experienced at rapidly deploying critical infrastructure for temporary rental projects, and we were able to quickly design and deliver systems that met the testing sites’ needs. Whether it’s IP phones to communicate reservations and results or stations to collect insurance info and register patients, we are providing everything a site needs to test the most people the fastest they can.”
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The intergration company combined Pakedge routers, Araknis PoE switches, Araknis indoor and outdoor wireless access points, SnapAV Cat-6 cable, Luma security cameras with a 2TB NVR, and a five-outlet Wattbox power conditioner with OvrC Home management to provide everything a testing site needs for consistent, reliable and safe operation. The solution is described as compact and highly mobile, utilizing a portable waterproof rack case from SKB.
The testing sites in New York and Rhode Island operate for anywhere from one day to more than a week, and Dynamic Production has had as many as 20 units out at one time. The complete system is so simple that once it’s set up, most sites do not require assistance to operate it for multiple days. Each site typically has a call center, a registration area, processing area and testing area, and connectivity must be assured across the full site for optimal operation.
“The most important aspects of these systems are that they are easy to use, ultra-reliable, and be set up and broken down quickly,” Rosenblum adds. “We trust SnapAV products to operate consistently without issue in virtually any...