French Ambulance of the Future Project Highlights Communications Technology
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 | Comments

As part of the AmbuCom project, Airbus Defence and Space and its partners are optimizing medical coordination between emergency personnel and hospitals. The project’s global budget is 3.9 million euros (US$4.3 million), partly financed by the French state.

After more than three years of research, TPL Systèmes and Airbus Defence and Space will reveal a prototype ambulance at the Congrès National des Sapeurs-Pompiers (CNSP) in Tours 21 – 24 September, which is the result of the French research and development (R&D) project AmbuCom.

AmbuCom develops the ambulance of the future and integrates sophisticated communications technology to respond more quickly and appropriately to the needs of patients following accidents or other incidents. Visitors to the CNSP can inspect the vehicle and its medical devices, which are wired with tablets and multiple communications channels.

State-funded innovation center ID4Ca and Syntematic Paris-Region Digital Ecosystem launched the program. Coordinated and led by TPL Systèmes, the project’s participants include large companies, subject matter experts (SMEs), academic research institutes and operational services.

Technically, the ambulance of the future will incorporate a universal communications box that transmits data wirelessly. For instance, the doctor’s first diagnosis or information from medical devices in the vehicle will be sent to control rooms or hospitals via secure radio communications, based on TETRA or Tetrapol. The ambulance technical application also works in a Long Term Evolution (LTE) environment. Additional information can be fed into the system by peripheral equipment, such as cameras and tablets. A first prototype of AmbuCom is expected go into active service in southern France in a few days.

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