Success Story

Precision landing for patients - MICROSENS FTTO Switches in the University Clinic of Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE)

It is regarded as the most modern hospital in Europe – the University Clinic of Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) – and comprises more than 80 clinics, polyclinics and institutes that cooperate across disciplines in 14 centers. As part of relocation to a new building, around 100 rooms in various wards were equipped with a monitoring system from Dräger. It decided in favor of mini-switches from euromicron’s subsidiary MICROSENS in creating the system.

Monitoring systems are growing in importance in the health sector. Keeping watch over patients’ vital functions can save lives. That is why the UKE equipped the operating theater sections and the wards of the clinic’s new building with the option of connecting monitoring systems. Since the network is based on fiber-optic technology, the switches and converters from MICROSENS offered the right technology for the UKE. “The network is a qualified one designed for running medical products,” explains Antonio Di Salvio, Account Manager at MICROSENS. “Consequently, our components were tested in advance by Dräger and to determine whether they were compatible with the monitoring system.”

Security by monitoring

Then everything had to go very quickly, since relocating a large clinic is a balancing act in terms of logistics and scheduling and must run absolutely smoothly. That is why MICROSENS supplied pre-assembled voltage connection cables, fiber-optic cables and switches in surface-mounted housings. The choice of an aluminum design means these housings blended with the ceiling supply systems from Dräger. “Delivery of technically perfect components exactly on time was important for the clinic – and we made a precision landing for our customer,” says a delighted Di Salvio.

An average of 50,000 in-patients a year are treated at the UKE and a further 70,000 outpatients, plus around 43,000 emergencies. Many of them now benefit from the security a monitoring system offers: Many complex operations in Hamburg and its environs can only be performed in the UKE. They include, for example, life-saving heart, lung, liver, kidney and bone marrow transplants.


Transmitting information via fiber optic connections offers numerous benefits. MICROSENS GmbH & Co. KG recognised this very early on. As one of the pioneers, the company has developed and produced high-performance communications and transmission systems in Germany since 1993. Individually matched to the demands of diverse usage areas and embedded in comprehensive concepts for individual sectors. But, above all, close to the customer. Technical challenges from customer projects are incorporated directly into product development. This way, IP-based automation solutions are created for modern buildings, cost-efficient network concepts for the office and workspace, robust and fail-safe solutions for industrial environments, optical transport systems future-oriented wide area networks and efficient coupling of sites and computer centres.