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Siriraj Hospital trials 5G driverless vehicle for new medical era

By THE NATION

 

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Takorn Tantasith, third left, secretary-general of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission, together with Abel Deng, fourth left, CEO of Huawei Technologies (Thailand), hand over a 5G unmanned vehicle to Siriraj Hospital under the “Unmanned Vehicle Pilot Project Driving Thai Healthcare to 5G Era” project. Receiving the donation on behalf of the hospital are Prof Dr Prasit Watanapa, second left, Dean of Faculty of Medicine, and Assoc Prof Visit Vamvanij, first left, hospital director of Siriraj Hospital.

 

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) today (June 25) announced it had joined with Siriraj Hospital and Huawei Technologies (Thailand) to pioneer the use of 5G-powered unmanned vehicles in Thai healthcare.

 

NBTC secretary-general Takorn Tantasith said the self-driving vehicle takes advantage of Huawei’s 5G technology to offer contactless delivery of medical supplies.

 

The “Unmanned Vehicle Pilot Project Driving Thai Healthcare to the 5G Era” will enable the NBTC to evaluate the benefits and efficiency of the vehicle before putting it to different uses in other hospitals across Thailand.

 

The pilot project is designed to push the Thai medical system into the 5G era by applying world-class technology and innovation to drive medical services and the healthcare industry.

 

Such technology can replace manpower in logistics since it operates in complex environments within Siriraj Hospital. The autonomous car offers safe, convenient and cost-effective solutions while reducing the workload of healthcare workers and improving patient safety. 5G technology will be progressively applied in the national health system to boost the transition to “smart hospitals” in the near future.

 

“The NBTC has been utilising 5G technology at community hospitals and large local hospitals to pilot remote treatment of four health conditions – eye diseases, skin diseases, blood pressure abnormalities and diabetes," Takorn added.

 

"Moreover, remote medical care has also expanded to local prisons, namely Khao Bin Central Prison and Ratchaburi Central Prison in Ratchaburi province, to give easier medical access to people and prisoners in remote areas. The ongoing NBTC projects aim to drive greater benefits from 5G innovation into different aspects of life across the country.

 

“Thailand has the advantages of a successful 5G auction and of being a 5G leader in Asean. The NBTC recognises these competitive advantages and is promoting integration of 5G technology in different sectors to close the digital divide in the country. This will prepare Thailand for a digital transformation that drives our daily life, work and manufacturing forward,” said Takorn.

 

Prof Dr Prasit Watanapa, dean of Siriraj Hospital’s Faculty of Medicine, Mahidol University, said: “As a result of the Covid-19 situation, the safety of patients and medical workers must be prioritised, including effective use of resources.

 

“Siriraj Hospital places importance on taking full advantage of digital technology in order to holistically increase the efficiency of medical services and operations. The 5G vehicle pilot project will enhance the central logistics system within the hospital.

 

“At the initial stage, it will be used to transport and distribute medicines for contactless delivery which will help reduce workload and infection risks of frontline workers. This is another important step to improve the quality of healthcare services for long-term development and sustainability.”

 

Abel Deng, CEO of Huawei Technologies (Thailand), added: “As a global leading company in technology, Huawei is honoured and delighted to continuously take part in assisting Thai medical staff. The pilot project … will operate under Huawei’s 5G technology to help transport medical supplies within the hospital."

 

It exemplifies the accelerated digitalisation of Thailand’s medical services, as 5G will play a key role in the next generation of healthcare, he added.

 

5G applications in the domain of public health could also inspire businesses in other sectors to leverage 5G's popularity and explore new applications of the technology, he said.

 

Most significantly, 5G technology will be the key driving force in the Thai economy’s recovery and power new economic and societal growth for the country in every aspect, he added.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/biz-moves/30390297

 

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5 hours ago, webfact said:

Most significantly, 5G technology will be the key driving force in the Thai economy’s recovery and power new economic and societal growth for the country in every aspect, he added.

seriously? people will not go out of the way

 

and technology ?  people using facebook ?

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no driver, even "non-smart" std vehicles, would be an improvement over the meth'ed up, possibly drunk texting van/bus drivers that are so prevalent here

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A driverless vehicle has to be tons safer than a thai person driving. 

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4 persons in the picture , 2 on the left 2 on the right and then calling it the 3rd person from the left 555555555

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If it locks up and automatically restarts like my 'new' Chinese made Dell computer 3-8 times a day. They're in for a world of hurt!!

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Incomplete and ambiguous reporting as usual.

It is more pertinent to know what is the tech behind the driver-less car itself.

 

Is it truly autonomous or just "driver-less"?

 

Huawei is probably providing just the network backbone,

but what about the AI controlling the car?


If it is being remotely piloted by a human,

then back to square one - still a Somchai in control.

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On 6/26/2020 at 2:40 AM, webfact said:

Huawei Technologies (Thailand) to pioneer the use of 5G-powered unmanned vehicles

Huawei what a surprise .. they are getting proper bondaged up with those of the East with this .. 

And will it stop if it runs you over or just carry on before going down the copshop 2 days later wai'ing and apologising profusely .. 

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1 hour ago, Justgrazing said:
On 6/26/2020 at 8:40 AM, webfact said:

Huawei Technologies (Thailand) to pioneer the use of 5G-powered unmanned vehicles

Huawei what a surprise .. they are getting proper bondaged up with those of the East with this .. 

And will it stop if it runs you over or just carry on before going down the copshop 2 days later wai'ing and apologising profusely .. 

The Huawei vehicle will sound more convincing though.

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5 hours ago, bluesofa said:

The Huawei vehicle will sound more convincing though.

There is scope for f'rrang management with this .. already some countries like N Z and Dubai are trialling 5G robot Immo' officers .. a shudder of a thought that one .. picture Thai Immo' robot squawking

" You will be deported " 

" You will be deported " 

in a synthesized daleky voice or

" EXPLAIN " when the TM30 is misplaced .. 

 

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2 minutes ago, Justgrazing said:

There is scope for f'rrang management with this .. already some countries like N Z and Dubai are trialling 5G robot Immo' officers .. a shudder of a thought that one .. picture Thai Immo' robot squawking

" You will be deported " 

" You will be deported " 

in a synthesized daleky voice or

" EXPLAIN " when the TM30 is misplaced .. 

 

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That's frightening: "EXPLAIN". It sounds to me more like "Exterminate".

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Just now, bluesofa said:

That's frightening: "EXPLAIN". It sounds to me more like "Exterminate".

You could try and trick them asking " where is the Tardis " if you can do a dalek voice ..

I'd actually love to see a last lobot standing cage fight between all these new fancy dan 5G robots and the Daleks .. my dosh would be on the Dalek boys as they have got a good turning circle for spinning around quicker in a cage arena to use the dreaded sink plunger gun on the hapless 5G'ers .. 

 

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