How can 5G technology help save lives?
5G technology is already with us and promises to revolutionize mobile connections among many other things. As usual, this type of technology will have a slow settlement due in part to the need for infrastructure and device change at the user level. The benefits of 5G implementation are in the hundreds, but it is in the vehicle application where this technology really shines when it comes to increasing response times and efficiency of emergency teams.
But what is the 5G connection?
If you’ve lived in a cave before and haven’t heard of 5G (with all the controversy it brings in certain skeptical circles) we’ll tell you what it is and how this technology is applied to improve emergency team response.
5G refers to the fifth generation in communications technology and devices.
In the 1990s, 1G technology appeared, allowing us to make calls with cell phones.
This situation evolved to having instant messaging (SMS), activating digital technology protocols (2G technology).
Data transfer and downloading of programs with internet access was achieved when 3G technology was developed.
Its successor, the 4G technology, increased the speed of access and data download, providing a high quality service, anywhere, at a lower cost.
Currently, we are in the midst of research and development of 5G technology.
How can the implementation of 5G technology help save lives?
In emergency situations, communications with the hospital and physicians can be the key to saving lives. The bandwidth offered by 5G compared to its 4G counterpart (5 to 10 times greater) will allow fluid, real-time communication with hospital physicians via video conferencing with much higher quality than before.
The 5G ambulance would have an ultra-fast connection, between the vehicle and the hospital’s medical team, to be able to attend to a patient at the very moment he or she enters the ambulance. From the ambulance, doctors and nurses will be able to send high quality video (advice, warning, help) so that during the patient’s transport, the hospital’s doctors can examine and make decisions on the fly before the patient arrives at his or her destination.
Any type of action during an intervention will substantially improve the patient’s health and even save lives.
But where the applications that 5G can bring to the emergency vehicles really shine through is that it will allow the fluid connection and communication between other vehicles, making it possible for an ambulance to warn other road users that the ambulance needs priority passage, even alerting traffic lights en route to the hospital so that they are coordinated in such a way that the ambulance has priority.
The 5G connection is going to be as big a revolution as the advent of smartphones. And we haven’t seen anything yet… we will have to wait a while to squeeze out all the advantages and changes that will come with the arrival of this new technology and that in EuroGaza we already apply in our emergency vehicles.
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