Huawei launches 5G unmanned vehicle in Thailand smart hospital

Published: 23:24, Jul 04,2020


Huawei, in association with Thailand National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission (NBTC) and Siriraj Hospital, recently initiated the Unmanned Vehicle Pilot Project Driving Thai Healthcare to 5G Era to pioneer the use of unmanned vehicle for the first time at a smart hospital in Thailand, said a press release.

The self-driving delivery vehicle takes advantage of 5G technology from Huawei to bring about contactless delivery solution of medical supplies, which will elevate the medical system to 5G era by applying world-class technology and innovation to drive medical services and the healthcare industry.

Such technology can replace manpower in logistics services as it can operate in complex environments.

The autonomous car offers safe, convenient and cost-effective solutions while reducing workload for healthcare worker and improving patient safety. The 5G technology integration will then be progressively applied in the national health system for smart hospital transformation in the near future.

‘The NBTC has been utilising 5G technology with remote medical services by connecting with community health promotion hospital and large local hospitals in piloting remote treatment of four diseases – such as eye diseases, skin diseases, blood pressure abnormalities and diabetes. The ongoing projects by the NBTC aim to drive greater benefits of 5G innovation into different aspects of life across the country,’ said Takorn Tantasith, secretary general of the Office of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission.

After the first test trial in Siriraj Hospital, the oldest and largest hospital in Thailand at the frontline of the fight against COVID-19, the NBTC will evaluate the benefits and efficiency of the 5G-enable unmanned vehicle before maximising results from this pilot project to leverage the unmanned vehicle in different uses, as well as in other hospitals.

Huawei Thailand CEO Abel Deng said, ‘The pilot project of the driverless vehicle for Siriraj Hospital will operate under Huawei’s 5G technology to help transport medical supplies within the hospital. The 5G applications in the public health domain could also inspire businesses in other sectors to leverage 5G’s popularity and explore new applications of the technology.’ — New Age

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