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Thuraya demonstrates connected ambulance at Dubai show

Steve Rogerson
January 31, 2017

Thuraya Telecommunications is showing a connected ambulance at this week’s Arab Health Exhibition & Congress in Dubai. The emergency vehicle has integrated telemedicine and the company’s IP Voyager terminal.
Daily live demonstrations at the exhibition are being presented in collaboration with Scotty, a manufacturer of communications products, and AVM Auto Engineering, a company specialising in purpose built vehicles.
The ambulance-to-hospital telemedicine system works over Thuraya’s network, connecting onboard wired and wireless medical devices to hospitals and diagnosing physicians.
Accident victims can receive the most effective urgent treatment immediately or on their way to hospital. The ambulance extends the capabilities of paramedics and first responders, who will be able to interact with doctors and equipment based elsewhere.
Paramedics will be able to transmit a patient's vital signs data automatically over Thuraya’s satellite network. Doctors who are not on the scene can choose which onboard camera to use, zooming in on injuries and wounds for close analysis.
“In relief missions or emergency medical services, time is a matter of life and death,” said Nerin AbuKeer, product manager at Thuraya. “This integrated telemedicine solution is a great example of how mobile satellite technology can save lives. We can now get patient information to the hospital or doctors in real time, enabling remote diagnosis and primary care, transforming rescue response.”
The connected ambulance supplements the existing skills and the traditional operational tools health care providers already use, helping them deliver accessible and affordable emergency care through the use of new technologies. This ability to improve levels of early care at the accident scene or on the way to hospital long before reaching the emergency room could greatly enhance survival chances and levels of future health for patients.
“Medical care is often needed during critical emergency situations where no ground based networks are available,” said Manfred Scheiring, marketing director at Scotty Group. “This is when you need different technology, which functions with low bandwidths for data communication as well as video conferencing.”
Abe Khoury, managing director at AVM, added: “We are thrilled to be working with Thuraya and Scotty on this, which expands our services and offering to our customers. By integrating satellite connectivity from Thuraya and Scotty’s telemedicine system, our purpose built vehicles offer even better value.”
Dubai-based Thuraya Telecommunications is a global telecoms provider offering communications services to a variety of sectors including energy, broadcast media, maritime, military and humanitarian NGO.