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Published February 22 2013

TRADE TALK: Veterans Affairs medical centers getting Fargo company’s software

Fargo-based Intelligent InSites has been chosen to provide the software for a five-year, $543 million contract that will see the company’s Real Time Location System installed in 152 Veterans Affairs medical centers and seven consolidated medical outpatient pharmacies.

Intelligent InSites’ software will allow the medical centers to keep track of surgical instruments and other equipment and supplies by using radio tags that communicate electronically with computers.

In addition to helping the VA centers manage assets and monitor temperature controls, future uses of the RTLS software include things like monitoring how often staff wash their hands and keeping tabs on patients who may wander.

“The VA health care system is a recognized leader in health care – both for the quality of their clinical care and for their use of health care information technology to transform and improve their operations and patient care,” said Margaret Laub, president and CEO of Intelligent InSites.

When it comes to the contract with the VA, Intelligent InSites will be a subcontractor to the main contractor, HP Enterprise Services.

Record air traffic

Fargo’s Hector International Airport logged 32,937 passenger bookings this past month, making it the busiest January at the airport since air service started in Fargo in 1931.

January passenger numbers represent an 11.2 percent increase over the previous January record, set last year, when 29,608 passengers purchased tickets.

In recent years, March has been the airport’s busiest month, and Hector International is bracing for next month, when large numbers of passengers are expected to place a strain on an already tough parking situation, said Shawn Dobberstein, executive director of Fargo’s Municipal Airport Authority.

“March is going to be a rough month for us,” Dobberstein said, adding that the airport has added “hundreds and hundreds” of parking spots to try to keep up with demand.

“Hopefully, this year we’re prepared,” he said.

The Airport Authority has a future parking structure on its radar, but with a price tag of more than

$20 million, all of which would have to be covered by Airport Authority funds, Dobberstein said the Airport Authority wants to be clear the project is needed before clearing it for takeoff.

“It’s a big endeavor,” he said.

Green Acres

The West Acres Shopping Center is calling on all designers with a “passion for green fashion” to take part in the mall’s third annual “Design Green, Win Green” contest.

Participants are encouraged to create fashion items using only recycled or repurposed materials.

The entry deadline is March 13.

Entries will be displayed in the mall during Earth Month, from April 2-28.

A $1,000 mall card will go to the contest’s grand prize winner, while four $250 mall cards will go to the winner in each of four categories: people’s choice; greenest; most fashionable; and celebrity inspired.

Designers should email a sketch of their fashion submission together with their name, email address, phone number, and a short description that includes materials to be used.

Email submission details to marketing@westacres.com by March 13.

Participants have until March 28 to design, complete and deliver their creations to West Acres.

For more information, visit the West Acres Facebook page at facebook.com/westacres.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Dave Olson at (701) 241-5555