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O2 and Samsung to develop 5G ‘smart ambulances’ for NHS

Jasper Hart
September 16, 2019

Video technology provided by Telefónica-backed startup

O2 is partnering with Samsung to develop 5G-enabled “smart ambulances” for the NHS.

The project will see the operator equip an ambulance at its Millbrook testing site with state-of-the-art devices, developed by Samsung and Telefónica-supported startup Visionable.

These devices will provide technology such as low-latency real-time video technology and high-quality image scanning. O2 released research last year which suggested that 5G video conferencing could free up more than one million hours per year for the NHS.

Part of the project will be a simulation of an emergency call-out, to test how well paramedics can use the new technology to collect data, communicate remotely with consultants, and subsequently diagnose patients accurately, potentially reducing the number taken to hospital.

O2 COO Derek McManus said: “It’s no secret there is increasing pressure on our health services. Healthcare is one of the areas set to benefit most from 5G technology, with faster, more effective treatment, and significant efficiency savings. That’s why we’re supporting the Smart Ambulance trials as part of the AutoAir 5G project to accelerate the adoption of connected and self-driving technology and unlock the benefits of 5G for communities and businesses alike.”

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