Pictured: Mr. Takorn Tantasith (3rd left),Secretary-General of the Office of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), together with Mr. Abel Deng (4th left), CEO of Huawei Technologies (Thailand) Co., Ltd., provide a 5G unmanned vehicle to Siriraj Hospital, led by Prof. Dr. Prasit Watanapa (2nd left), Dean of Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University and Assoc. Prof. Visit Vamvanij (1st left), Director of Siriraj Hospital, under the “Unmanned Vehicle Pilot Project Driving Thai Healthcare to 5G Era” to pioneer the use of unmanned vehicle for the first time in Thailand. The self-driving delivery vehicle takes advantage of 5G technology from Huawei to bring about a contactless medical supplies delivery solution.
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NBTC joins forces with Siriraj Hospital and HUAWEI, piloting unmanned vehicle, transforming Thai healthcare with 5G into smart hospital.
Mr. Takorn Tantasith, Secretary-General of the Office of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), announced on Thursday, 25 June 2020, that the NBTC, together with Siriraj Hospital and Huawei Technologies (Thailand) Co., Ltd., initiated “Unmanned Vehicle Pilot Project Driving Thai Healthcare to 5G Era” to pioneer the use of unmanned vehicle for the first time in Thailand at Siriraj Hospital.
The self-driving delivery vehicle takes advantage of 5G technology from Huawei to bring about a contactless medical supplies delivery solution. After the test trial, the NBTC will evaluate the benefits and efficiency of the 5G-enabled unmanned vehicle before maximising results from this pilot project to leverage the unmanned vehicle in different uses, as well as in other hospitals, in Thailand.
The pilot driverless vehicle project will elevate the Thai medical system to the 5G era by applying world-class technology and innovation, thereby driving the medical services and healthcare industry ahead. The technology can replace manpower in logistics services as it can operate in complex environments within Siriraj Hospital.
The autonomous car offers safe, convenient and cost-effective solutions while reducing workload for healthcare worker and improving patient safety. The 5G technology integration will then be progressively applied in the national health system for Smart Hospital transformation in the near future.
Mr. Takorn added, “We would like to thank Siriraj and Huawei for their cooperation in this project. Huawei has consulted with NBTC that they would like to bring technology to help during the crisis of Covid-19. Huawei not only helps hospitals, but also doing smart airport project in the future. These are parts of the transition to the digital age.The NBTC has been utilising 5G technology with remote medical services by connecting with Community Health Promotion Hospital and large local hospitals in piloting remote treatment of four diseases; eye diseases, skin diseases, blood pressure abnormalities and diabetes. Moreover, the remote medical care has expanded to 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 projects by the NBTC aim to drive greater benefits of 5G innovation into different aspects of life across the country.”
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