Airtel showcases India’s first 5G ambulance
New Delhi: Bharti Airtel showcased a 5G-connected ambulance to transform primary health care in emergency situations, along with smart farming solutions to Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the 5G official launch in the country.
Monitoring patients in realtime from a remote location, video call facility with speedy internet connection, plus more is available with the launch of India’s first Fifth-Generation or 5G network-enabled ambulance on Saturday.
The 5G ambulance, that can be built for around Rs 7-7.5 lakh, brings a hospital’s emergency care to the patient.
Airtel, Apollo Hospitals and Cisco have joined hands to build the 5G-connected ambulance.
The state-of-the-art 5G ambulance is equipped with the latest medical equipment, patient monitoring applications, and telemetry devices that transmit the patient health data to the hospital in real-time.
In addition, it is also equipped with onboard cameras, camera-based Headgear, and ‘Bodyc Cams’ for paramedic staff — all connected to the ultra-fast and low latency Airtel 5G network.
It will be further enabled with technologies like AR/VR, said the company.
“Healthcare is one of the most promising use cases for 5G, and we are delighted to deepen our partnerships with Apollo Hospitals and Cisco to bring some innovative use cases for the Indian market,” said Ajay Chitkara, Director & CEO, Airtel Business, Bharti Airtel.
With real-time camera feed available, the paramedics in an ambulance can use the cameras to collaborate with the ER doctors at the hospital who are equipped with technologies like AV/VR to undertake basic procedures, if necessary.
The doctors can virtually guide the paramedic to carry out the procedure and save precious lives.
The Airtel’s ‘Ambupod’ technology provides health testing, immunisation and the doctor’s connectivity in difficult-to-reach areas.
“Doctors can do a virtual examination of the patient through a video call and view their reports. Medical services can be provided to many villages at the same time,” according to the telecom provider.
The company also showcased smart farming solutions to Modi during his visit to the Airtel pavilion.
Airtel, along with its partners L&T and CDAC, has made an effort to make the agriculture sector more productive with the help of 5G technology.
“If every farmer in the country gets the necessary information like soil moisture, atmospheric moisture and temperature information in advance to improve the productivity of agriculture, then he can make a better decision,” the company said.
Camera-based analytics can suggest to the farmer according to the colour and nature of the crop, at what time and how much pesticide to use.