Remote Rural Health Communications Hub
Tactical Wireless Ltd and Emergency Medical Retrieval & Transfer Service Cymru have been awarded £57,000 to build a bespoke, enhanced communications hub, capable of bonding multi-network cellular and satellite links, so as to provide enhanced and resilient communications from a mobile platform using space technology. This module will have wi-fi hotspot capability and be demountable from the vehicle for healthcare visits in Rural Wales.
The project has been funded through the UK Space Agency's National Space Technology Programme (NSTP) and the Space for Smarter Government Programme (SSGP).
Tactical Wireless Ltd (TWL) is the lead partner.
EMRTS Cymru is a partnership between the Wales Air Ambulance Charity, NHS Wales and the Welsh Government. The Welsh Government-funded NHS consultants and critical care practitioners fly on board the Wales Air Ambulance Charity helicopters which are based in Caernarfon, Dafen and Welshpool. It is the generosity of the Welsh public, through donations to the Wales Air Ambulance Charity, which keeps the helicopters flying.
When the helicopters are unable to fly due to poor weather conditions, the service has access to a fleet of Rapid Response Vehicles. Features of the proposal are:
- In the vehicle, the system will use cellular, wi-fi and satellite, to provide resilient connections.
- The unit’s wi-fi hotspot will enable the connection of NHS laptops, smart phones, tablets, voice over IP (VoIP) radios and medical devices and the bandwidth demand can be managed using a video encoder and proprietary video software.
- Out of the vehicle, the unit can support peripatetic health and social care workers.
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