Defining Locations

To define locations, use the Locations page in the Administration Console. Before you begin, obtain a map of the facility and note where the access points are installed. (This may already have been done as part of the site survey performed before the Vocera system was installed.)

Based on the physical layout and access point coverage, you can draw boundaries and assign location names to different areas of the facility. You can then refer to this map when configuring locations in the Administration Console.

Location information will be most accurate if you draw the boundaries around sizeable, contiguous areas. Vocera badges, like most wireless devices, remain connected to a particular access point as long as the signal is acceptable, even if the user moves closer to a different access point. As a result, a user who crosses the boundary of one location may still be connected to an access point that is located in an adjacent location. If you choose well-defined locations, such a wing of a large building or a floor of a smaller building, you minimize the effects of the signal retention.

After you create the location map, you can add locations and choose their neighbors in the Vocera Administration Console. Then you can record a name prompt for each location. (See Recording a Location Name.)