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The Pitfalls of Using a Wi-Fi Infant Protection System: Understanding Its Drawbacks

Using a wireless non-Wi-Fi-based RFID infant protection system with Real Time Location tracking (RTLS) is the best way to protect precious newborns in labor and delivery units because it does not rely on sometimes spotty Internet connections, is less vulnerable to hacking and interference, and has better range.

A non-Wi-Fi system like RFT’s SAFE PLACE® uses a dedicated network with a blend of hard-wired and localized wireless infrastructure that does not use your hospital’s Wi-Fi, so your infant protection system is immune to changes in bandwidth or Wi-Fi service interruptions that can disrupt patient protection.

Security & Reliability Concerns

One of the key drawbacks of a Wi-Fi System is its reliance on Wi-Fi connectivity. While Wi-Fi offers the convenience of wireless communication, it also introduces vulnerabilities. Hackers can exploit these to gain unauthorized access to the system, potentially compromising the security of your premises.

Another drawback is its limited range. The system’s effectiveness is dependent on the strength of your Wi-Fi signal. If you have a large property or if your Wi-Fi signal is weak in certain areas, you may experience issues with connectivity and coverage, leading to gaps in your security coverage.

Additionally, a Wi-Fi System may be prone to interference from other electronic devices operating on the same frequency. This can result in signal disruptions and false alarms, reducing the reliability of the system.

Cost Concerns

Another important consideration is the cost of the system. While the initial cost may be affordable, there are additional costs associated with maintenance, monitoring, and software updates. These costs can add up over time, making the system more expensive than initially appears.

Achieving precise room-level tracking with a Wi-Fi infant protection system also often requires significant investment in access points (APs) and network upgrades.

SAFE PLACE Sets the Standard for RFID Infant Protection

SAFE PLACE was the first RFID infant security solution sold to hospitals in 1995, so it has set the standard for all others to follow since then. You don’t have to worry about Wi-Fi concerns with RFT’s SAFE PLACE. It was crafted by nurses for nurses, streamlines workflows with its intuitive, web-based software accessible across diverse devices. It offers extensive departmental support and personalized alerts, ensuring seamless integration with the unique needs of your hospital.


In conclusion, while a Wi-Fi System offers many benefits in terms of security and convenience, it also has its drawbacks that users should be aware of. It is important to weigh these drawbacks against the system’s benefits and consider your specific security needs before deciding.

About the author:

Joel Barton Marketing Specialist at RFT Joel Barton is a Marketing Specialist and lead content writer at RF Technologies. He has a journalism background and extensive copywriting and content marketing experience with consumer brands, finance, healthcare, pharmaceutical, and tech.