About Nurse Call Systems and Connector Communication

The nurse call system communicates with the nurse call connector using TAP (the Telocator Alphanumeric Protocol).

The nurse call system uses TAP to send messages to the nurse call connector. In this protocol, a series of signals is exchanged between the client and the nurse call system. After the initial handshake, the system sends the TAP message.

Since the Nurse Call system sends data on a serial port, a serial to Ethernet converter is required to bring the output of a serial port to an Ethernet port.

The nurse call connector uses TCP to communicate with the nurse call system. Once the connection is established, it always maintains the connection.

For more information on TAP, see http://www.tapgateway.com/files/TAP_V1P8.pdf.