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ComSoc Technology News (CTN) is a free, online monthly publication that publishes interesting, timely, and newsworthy articles that span a wide range of topics related to the communications technology industry. Our mission is to be an informational resource that brings diverse perspective and thought leadership, while providing a platform for lively discussion amongst our readers.

CTN is run by a team of volunteer editorial board members who are technical experts in diverse fields. All articles are reviewed and edited by a technical editor. The editor-in-chief performs the final review prior to publication. 

October 2020 Issue #2

5G Can Shape Mission-Critical Healthcare Services

Seamless connectivity for patients, first responders and health care professionals including medical centres is becoming an important aspect of the quality of emergency medical care. 5G networks and related technologies can significantly improve “care on the go”, assisting first responders and health care service providers by enabling guaranteed wireless connectivity and real time multimedia communications with hospitals in advance of patient arrival. In this article, Ignacio, Jose, Qi, Gelayol, Enrique and Pablo consider the use of network slicing as one of the key elements enabling high quality real time multimedia communication between emergency medical personnel and hospitals. They present a network slicing architecture, and its implementation, as part of their 5G trials for the European project SliceNet, and discuss technical requirements for real time video or information transmission. They also argue that such shared but highly reliable connectivity could make ambulances more intelligent, further enabling emerging tools such as machine learning or artificial intelligence to further improve real time services.

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Muhammad Zeeshan Shakir, Editor
Alan Gatherer, CTN Editor-in-Chief

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