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Helping to save lives with 5G technology

Catalan authorities unveil prototype ambulance at MWC that can remotely connect with health specialists in an emergency

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25 February 2019 05:02 PM

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ACN | Barcelona

5G connectivity is a main focus of this year's Mobile World Congress (MWC), but few would probably associate the latest generation of mobile communications with ambulances.

Yet on the fair's opening day on Monday, the Catalan authorities presented a new prototype ambulance that uses 5G, allowing it to connect with health professionals at a distance.

The ambulance has three hi-res cameras that use the technology, with one of them installed inside so that the medics can call on the help of a specialist in real time should it be needed.

Even though Catalonia will have to wait until 2021 until 5G is widely available, the Catalan government is already aiming to turn the country into a hub for this new technology.

At the MWC on Monday for the unveiling of the ambulance were president Quim Torra; digital policy minister Jordi Puigneró, and health minister Alba Vergés.

 

  • "[Catalonia has to] turn itself into a country that every day works to become a leader in the world of digitalization"

    Quim Torra · Catalan president

Referring to the prototype ambulance as an "important advance," Vergés said the project was part of the government's aim to put "technology at the service of the people."

As for president Torra, he said that Catalonia has to "turn itself into a country that every day works to become a leader in the world of digitalization."

Seat show off connected car

Also on Monday, vehicle manufacturer Seat unveiled its new Minimó model, a 100% electric car made for getting around the city that also connects to the 5G network.

With only two places, the car is designed for urban use, and with car-sharing platforms in mind, which according to the Seat president, will be "the future of moving around cities."

"Mixed reality" headset

Also on Monday at the MWC, Microsoft unveiled the HoloLens 2, a next-generation "mixed reality" headset that is designed to be used primarily in industry.

A HoloLens user sees the world around them overlaid with virtual graphics that can integrate with real objects. "It makes you feel like a wizard," one visitor to the fair told the Catalan News Agency.

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  • Image of the new ambulance connected with 5G at the Mobile World Congress on February 25, 2019 (by Núria Julià)

  • Image of the new ambulance connected with 5G at the Mobile World Congress on February 25, 2019 (by Núria Julià)

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