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5G tech to triage patients as they travel to hospital

Kingston University and Pangea have teamed up to develop enriched video compression and data transfer techniques over 4G+ and 5G networks.

The technology will allow clinicians to triage patients as they are being transported to hospital in ambulances.

The company said “Ambulance trusts could save up to £90m if response times were sped up by just 5 minutes. Body-worn cameras used by the UK police force would also see massive improvements: always-on video streaming will enhance crime scene assessment and save hundreds of hours spent on arduous paperwork. The list goes on.”

Kingston University’s Professor of Wireless Communications, Christos Politis said “Alongside speed increases which will rival those delivered by optical fibre, 5G will incorporate IoT technology, which opens up so many possibilities for the health sector and across the emergency services through the use of smart devices.”

Dr Philip, who specialises in video compression, said one of the challenges was how to deliver optimal high quality video consistently through wireless networks when travelling at high speed: “‘When you stream multimedia content, it will be affected by different network conditions. We will be looking at how to ensure the moving images arrive in high-definition, allowing for accurate medical diagnosis and enabling police forces to identify people from their body-camera footage.”

The project is supported by Innovate UK, a government-backed public body focused on driving productivity and economic growth. 

Pangea’s MD Dan Cunliffe “We’re proud to be at the forefront of the push for 5G. By combining our connectivity, commercial expertise, and Channel access with the power and knowledge of Kingston University’s academics, along with access to its 5G testbed, we’ll pave the way for data transferal over powerful 5G networks.”

‘The solution will be the first of its kind in the world. It will completely transform how video and other data compression is used across industries and unlock fresh revenue streams for our partners and bring us a step closer to a 5G world. We’re excited to embark on this journey alongside Kingston University, and we’re privileged to have the opportunity to develop such incredible technology.’