Good News from Mon, 20 June, 2011:

Finnish wireless company opens US base

7signal helps customers with wireless LAN connections. 7signal helps customers with wireless LAN connections.

A Finnish start-up company which specialises in wireless technology for the healthcare industry is opening its US headquarters in Akron, Ohio.

The company expects to create about 30 jobs in Akron over the next two years.

Founded in 2006 by former Nokia research and development managers, Helsinki-based 7signal helps customers with wireless LAN connections.

Their technology provides quality assurance mechanisms to make sure wireless networks work reliably in hospital settings for doctors, nurses, medical records and critical medical devices.

— With our solution, it is possible to continuously monitor and take preventive actions on the hospital’s wireless network services, says Jukka-Pekka Sarkka, 7signal’s CEO.

— This allows the wireless network manager to ensure that wirelessly enabled clinical and business processes are run smoothly 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year.

The company has been demonstrating its technology in Akron General Medical Center and Akron Children’s Hospital for the past four months.

The company is among 53 tenants located at the downtown business incubator, known as the Akron Global Business Accelerator.

7signal is coming to the incubator as a result of the BioFinland Technology Bridge Programme announced in April 2010 as part of a collaboration between Akron and Helsinki.  The two cities have organized mutual trade missions.