Airtel partners with Cisco and Apollo for 5G ambulances


Airtel has partnered with Cisco and Apolo hospitals to create a 5G connected ambulance that transforms access to healthcare and saves lives in emergency situations. The trial was conducted in Bangalore over the 5G trial spectrum allotted by the Ministry of Telecom.

The 5G ambulance is equipped with the latest medical equipment, patient monitoring applications, and telemetry devices that transmit the patient health data to the hospital in real-time. It also has cameras, camera-based headgear, and bodycams for paramedic staff.

“Healthcare is one of the most promising use cases for 5G, and we are delighted to deepen our partnerships with Apollo Hospitals and Cisco to bring some innovative use cases for the Indian market,” Ajay Chitkara, Director & CEO, Airtel Business, Bharti Airtel said.

Sangita Reddy, Joint Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals Group, said, “The criticality of the ‘Golden hour’ is well known. It can mean the difference between life and death for seriously ill or trauma patients in an emergency. Studies show that an increased journey distance to the Hospital is associated with an increased risk of mortality. These insights propelled us to collaborate with Airtel on the 5G connected ambulance project and use 5G in order to utilise the disruption-free, lag-free connectivity it provides,”.

Cisco India managing director Anand Bhaskar said, “5G will be a game-changer in enabling new use cases and improving efficiency across every industry and specifically in the healthcare sector, as 5G will arm doctors with actionable insights to augment patient monitoring and treatment,”

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