New Smart 5G Ambulance in Thailand


A 5G connected ambulance was recently introduced in Thailand.

The Thai True Corporation, in partnership with Nopparat Rajathanee Hospital, supporting the 5G network in the country provided brand new features to the ambulances. The new smart ambulance model will help Thailand improve diagnostic and treatment procedures, as well as the communication between paramedics and doctors, to finally ensure their better preparation before patients are taken to the hospital. The vehicle is also known as the “new ER model,” a new standard for emergency medical units. In Thailand, the mortality rate of patients in emergency care is very high. This smart ambulance is intended to lower the death rate.

As a smart ambulance of its kind, the vehicle is expected to make a huge difference in a way emergency health care is provided. According to the head of Thai True Corporation, 5G will change the way things are supplied across the country. The state-run Nopparat Rajathanee Hospital treats 3,000 patients per day per, so the ambulance assistance could be as much important as an emergency room.

With 5G, high-resolution large data such as CT scans and ultrasound images can be sent over the network. This is the so-called “Smart Intelligence Network”. Chalermpon Chairat, chief of the hospital’s emergency department, reported that the hospital’s ambulances have been converted into smart vehicles over the 5G network, where CCTV cameras can live stream all activity in the hospital.

Moreover, the smart ambulance rescue team will wear augmented reality (AR) glasses that send images back to hospitals in real-time. Doctors can monitor patients’ symptoms, such as stroke or trauma wounds. The idea is also to use mobile CT scans and mobile x-rays, including mobile ultrasound on the ambulance, to speed up the scanning process by 30 minutes. Another smart piece of equipment is the ventilation system that pushes air out of the vehicle and wards off the risk of infection, which is particularly very important during the COVID-19 pandemic.