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Realm Pictures Create New Genre Of Interactive Video Game Using Peplink Connectivity

Realm Pictures is a film production company based in the UK that has created a new genre of live interactive video game events. Their first was the Live First Person Shooter which they filmed in their studio grounds using local fixed line connectivity. When they went to film the second level in a disused power station which had no fixed line connectivity available, they realized that they needed a different way to obtain reliable, high bandwidth, low latency Internet connectivity to make it work.

After searching for a solution that could use multiple 3G/4G LTE cellular connections they discovered Peplink SD-WAN technology, and contacted Grapevine Connect – a local Peplink Partner, to help.

Grapevine Connect has now worked on two productions with Realm Pictures – the latest being a series of real life interactive Hitman games for Io Interactive, where multiple 3G/4G LTE connections were bonded at the location and connected over SpeedFusion VPN via a FusionHub virtual appliance in the cloud to the Internet. This not only gave Realm Pictures a high bandwidth, reliable, low latency Internet connection, but also allowed for inbound connections from the Internet to on location set pieces (like a remote controlled machine gun) providing a full interactive experience for the end users.

For Realm Pictures, Peplink SD-WAN enables them to consider bold exciting locations for new levels and future projects, safe in the knowledge that Grapevine Connect and Peplink SD-WAN will enable them to connect to their audience and players successfully – wherever in the world they may be.

“We didn’t have a single problem with the cellular – it was super robust, very impressive! [and] on a shoot like this [that is] utterly utterly vital.” -David Reynolds. Artistic Director, Realm Pictures.

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Sierra Wireless Airlink Cloud Management Promotion

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Co-Star the specialists in wireless applications based in Harrogate UK are offering a FREE Sierra Wireless Airlink Management Platform (ALMS) 1 Year Licence with every Sierra Wireless Airlink purchased until the end of May 2016.

The offer is designed to demonstrate how to maximize the benefits of the Sierra Wireless Airlink 3G/4G LTE platforms and how to bring the Internet-of-Things to life.

About the AirLink Management Service (ALMS)

AirLink Management Service (ALMS) is a cloud-based platform which enables organisations to remotely manage their entire gateway estate. Key benefits include rapid deployment, simplified configuration and updates, plus real-time analytics and alerting. To get the maximum benefits out of AirLink gateways, ALMS is a must.
Managing remote assets and infrastructure is a demanding task.You need to maintain multiple device configurations, update device software, and remotely diagnose reported issues.AirLink Management Service (ALMS) is the industry’s leading device management solution. This highly advanced application supports over-the-air device registration, configuration and software updates. Dashboards display up-to-date views of the entire fleet, and custom reports can be set up to monitor critical events and prevent downtime.ABI Research has ranked ALMS as “Best in Class” among competing device management services. Read the ABI Research Report.

The interactive monitoring dashboard and map shows the status, signal strength, and location of all AirLink gateways deployed. Drill down to quickly troubleshoot devices or update older versions of firmware with one-click. Advanced heartbeat reporting and custom alerts can be set up to notify you when devices go offline, resulting in faster issue identification, less downtime, and fewer field trips.

Powerful Monitoring

  • Identify problems with interactive dashboards
  • Set alerts on critical events to prevent downtime

Software Updates

  • Update device firmware and application software
  • Manage firmware upgrade campaign with automatic retry capabilities and reporting of results
  • Lower airtime costs with delta patch mechanism

Scale Deployments

  • Centralize configuration with templates
  • Manage inventory of devices and subscriptions
  • Reduce deployment times with CSV file upload

Why Sierra Wireless Airlink Gateways?

The Sierra Wireless AirLink gateway range allows organisations to keep their remote workers and assets connected to the enterprise for mission and business critical deployments. Providing persistent connectivity, location-based services, and remote monitoring, the Sierra Wireless AirLink range helps to increase productivity and improve customer service. 

 

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The Connected Car Revolution

connected carThe Connected Car is enhancing the in-car experience as IOT, 4G/LTE technologies become more widespread.

The concept of “connected cars” is becoming commonplace in automotive sector with digital technology making inroads into the sector to enhance the “in-car” experience. Connected car is a vehicle which can optimize its own operation and maintenance thereby enhancing comfort, convenience, performance, safety and overall user experience. These cars consist of devices and technology that connect to other devices within the cars or outside of them and are able to connect to network or services outside the cars – facilitating real-time interconnectivity. Automotive digital technology for long has traditionally been focused on optimizing the vehicle’s internal functions with the application of computing technology, but now attention is shifting towards developing the car’s ability to connect with the elements outside the vehicle.

Car manufacturers and service providers are offering powerful network connectivity with the help of various devices such as sensors on varied platforms such as Machine-to-Machine (M2M) connectivity platform– to promote interconnectivity in between two connected cars. Whether it is through an integrated modem with 4G/LTE technology buried beneath the dash or a high speed connection to private cloud, manufacturers are integrating a myriad number of car connectivity features & functionalities to gain a competitive edge over others. AT&T Inc., an American multinational telecommunications corporation, is offering on select car models 4G LTE connectivity- considered to be most reliable & strongest network technology on the wheels so far. Connected cars are rolling as 4G Wi-Fi hotspots, with automobile manufacturers trying to include these in the standard features and price. With unlimited 4G LTE internet access on the go, users can stream content to other devices offering numerous entertainment and utility apps. Vinli, a maker of a connected car system, has recently revealed its plans to lure developers to its platform with a promotion that will give developers 1 billion free API (Application Program Interface) requests each month for five years totaling to 60 million free calls.

Safety and peace of mind are vital aspect that users of connected cars desire. As some industry experts correctly opine that the, actual experience of a “connected car” should extend outside the car. Automatic, a start-up firm, in an effort to enhance the experience of connected cars hopes to bring the automobile into the app age by launching APIs, SDKs for different connected car platforms. At least a dozen of partner companies have integrated their services into Automatic’s platform, which offer a host of functionalities that can help drivers track mileage expenses, automate routines based on their daily driving behavior. By 2020, integrated solutions are expected to occupy around 45% of the market share driven by consumer freedom of choice in customizing their connectivity devices and data plans.

With ample opportunities in connected car segment, the market is estimated to generate a revenue of $141 billion by the year 2020, pegged to grow at a CAGR of 32.7% during the forecast period (2014 – 2020) as per a recent report. The fact that the connected cars market has immense growth opportunities does not insulate it from market challenges in terms of dominant security and privacy concerns, which will hamper its rapid adoption. New car buyers have genuine concerns that their cars will be hacked and essential system such as brakes can be easily manipulated. What makes the connected cars open to such vulnerabilities? The difference in lifecycles in the automotive and the mobile industry creates gaps leading to serious challenge for the future of connected cars. New features, such as operating system upgrades and applications, essential for car connectivity can be provided constantly for the smartphone, whereas automobile manufacturers mostly work on five-year cycles. The gap can be addressed with the combined cooperation between automobile and mobile manufacturers. In fact, the key market players have already begun to address such concerns by entering into partnership and collaboration. For instance, Chrysler, for example, is partnering with Sprint Nextel to connect cars like the Dodge Viper … General Motors selected AT&T as its mobile partner, as revealed by Forbes. New ownership models, such as Zipcar’s, the world’s largest car sharing and car club service will further fuel the growth of the market. Such models portray a future where the vehicle you use knows who you are, who is in the car with you along with finely distributing the cost of ownership/usage seamlessly. Creating awareness among the end-users about the advanced connectivity functionalities is another significant factor to foster the adoption rate of the connected cars. Services such as the Internet of Things will offer new opportunities for connected cars market.

It would not be a market gimmick to say that in order to create a successful “connected” proposition in connected cars, it’s important to think in terms of the “connected driver” not the “connected car”. A different approach to connected cars which takes into account all aspects such as significant cost reduction, integration of various platforms and innovative ownership models, will boost the market growth.

 Source: M2M World News

Sierra Wireless announces LTE Cat-1 design win with Maestro for fleet and asset tracking worldwide

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AirPrime® HL Series provides Maestro with LTE Cat-1 cellular connectivity for track-and-trace devices that are deployed in harsh mobile environments

Vancouver, Canada-December 09, 2015

Sierra Wireless  today announced that Maestro Wireless Solutions Limited, a leading provider of tracking devices for IoT applications globally, has announced its first LTE Cat-1 tracker based on the AirPrime HL Series from Sierra Wireless. Maestro’s newest tracker, the ruggedized MT-44, provides fleet and asset tracking capabilities in harsh mobile environments using the LTE Cat-1 module with maximum data rates of 10 Mbps downlink and 5 Mbps uplink.

“We have been integrating Sierra Wireless modules into our products for more than 15 years and we have always trusted the company to deliver on leading edge cellular technologies that improve product performance,” said Xavier Dupont, Chief Executive Officer of Maestro. “The HL Series provides us with a single footprint for 2G and 3G global coverage and the LTE Cat-1 module is utilizing the same compact design in our newest tracker.”

“Today, we are seeing strong interest in our LTE Cat-1 embedded modules optimized for lower bandwidth and power requirements,” said Dan Schieler, Senior Vice President, OEM Solutions for Sierra Wireless. “We are pleased to have Maestro deploying our latest LTE technology in their tracking devices. The HL Series Cat-1 module provides the next step in the evolution for our customers, as service providers are continuing to transition their networks to LTE technology.”

The HL Series uses the CF3™ form factor from Sierra Wireless that is footprint-compatible across product lines and network technologies, and is fully interchangeable with future versions of the modules including LTE-M variants when they become available.

LTE-M is a Low-Power Wide Area (LPWA) technology that will provide a highly efficient cellular option with lower radio-frequency complexity, significantly reduced power consumption (up to 10 years of service on a single AA battery), better in-building signal penetration, and lower costs. Sierra Wireless is an active contributor to the LTE-M standard definition process within the 3GPP and has committed to launching compatible modules timed with network deployments, expected to begin in 2017.

The LTE Cat-1 modules from Sierra Wireless will be commercially available from co-star in January 2016 on the HL Series.

To view the specifications for the HL Series modules, please download the AirPrime HL Series datasheet.

For general information on the HL Series, please visit AirPrime HL Series embedded modules.

To read the full case study with Maestro, please visit http://www.sierrawireless.com/maestro.

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South Korea rolls out LTE Drones for First Responders

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KT Corporation has unveiled technologies that are part of a public safety project to enable fire, police and rescue responders to better communicate with each other using everday devices.

South Korean telco KT Corperation on Tuesday demonstrated new technologies engineered to better respond to disasters or public safety crises in remote areas, including a mobile network server that can deliver LTE coverage mounted from a backpack.

In Pyeongchang in the country’s Gangwon Province, the telco demonstrated the LTE Backpack, a lightweight network mini-base station designed to be deployed on the fly and in remote areas, such as at sea or in the mountains; along with its Drone LTE, specially armed with telecom modules as well as video and thermal cameras to facilitate search and rescue operations by first responders.

The LTE drone and backpack were displayed as part of a multi-billion dollar emergency communications infrastructure project dubbed Public Safety LTE, which will enable fire, police and rescue responders to better communicate with each other using everyday devices.

The technologies can be effectively used for search and rescue operations because they work together using the emergency IT infrastructure, according to Oh Sung-mok, KT network division head and company vice president.

South Korea is in the process of building a national public safety network to be used by the military, police, fire department, transportation department and other agencies — a project worth 2 trillion won ($1.74 billion) tentatively projected to roll out next year. The project became prioritised after the Sewol disaster last year, in which over 300 people died after a ferry capsized. The heavy casualty was blamed on late responses.

KT and SK Telecom were officially chosen to participate in the project, while handset makers Samsung and Pantech are also in talks to supply specially made devices that will be a boon to their enterprise businesses.

KT will also deploy its “Triple GiGA Network” of satellite, fiber optics, and microwave technology to make sure the communication links stay connected in case one or two of them malfunction. “KT can contribute to making the nation safer by leveraging KT’s LTE network technology,” Oh said in a statement.

The telco also teamed up with local handset makers and other companies to roll out smartphones and walkie-talkies running on the public safety networks.

Source: Philip Iglauer-ZDNET

Sierra Wireless launches industry’s lowest-power LTE industrial gateway

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AirLink® Raven RV50 gateway provides mission-critical LTE communication and remote monitoring for industrial IoT applications, including utilities, oil and gas, and infrastructure.
Sierra Wireless  today announced the launch of the AirLink® Raven RV50 gateway—the  LTE successor to the market’s most widely deployed cellular gateway solution for energy and industrial applications, the AirLink® Raven series.

 

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The AirLink® Raven RV50 offers a truly rugged design and the lowest power consumption of any LTE industrial gateway, providing reliable connectivity for the most demanding remote applications, even when solar panels are the only available source of power.

The Raven RV50 is an ideal migration path for customers to cost-effectively upgrade to LTE technology for their industrial IoT applications, while providing additional functionality to enable new solutions such as remote video surveillance,” said Jason Krause, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Solutions for Sierra Wireless. “The RV50 consumes the same low level of power as our 2G and 3G Raven gateways, so it can be installed directly into existing infrastructure without the need to increase capacity.”

Industrial infrastructure is often unmanned, remote, and critical to business operations. To ensure safety, security, and uninterrupted operation, a remote monitoring and control system is essential for applications such as SCADA, on pipelines and in power distribution, and intelligent traffic management systems. The AirLink Management Service (ALMS)—a cloud management solution ranked “best-in-class” by ABI Research—provides remote device management for the RV50, as well as alerting and monitoring of key variables such as signal strength, location, temperature and voltage.

Offering intelligence at the edge, the Raven RV50 includes the ALEOS Application Framework (AAF), a powerful embedded programming environment for on-board data gathering, real-time data processing and alert generation. The application framework also enables the delivery of critical real-time data and information, reliably and securely over LTE networks, to the Sierra Wireless IoT Acceleration Platform or to other software applications and operational systems.

The AirLink Raven RV50 is the first product of its kind to offer SIM-based network operator switching – just insert the SIM into the gateway and it automatically configures the new network settings. The RV50 ships as a single product variant that works on all major North American networks, simplifying the ordering and inventory process, and providing unmatched flexibility in managing deployments. Customers can take advantage of the best network coverage in remote areas without increasing complexity.

What customers and partners are saying: 

We tested the Raven RV50 to provide LTE, lower power connectivity for SCADALynx, and we were impressed by how quickly the Raven RV50 integrated with our software,” says Ryan McDonald, CIO of eLynx Technologies. “We’re also really excited about the network operator switching capability of the Raven RV50—it provides a new level of flexibility for our inventory and provisioning processes. We plan on standardizing the Raven RV50 as our primary cellular gateway—given its highly compatible management platform, performance features and reliability, we feel it is an ideal solution for our customers.

We tested the new AirLink Raven RV50 as a replacement for the Raven X, and found that it works flawlessly – we didn’t need to make any modifications to our software,” says Neil Hurst, Engineering Manager, Products of EDM International, Inc. “We are very pleased with this new product – in particular, its very fast boot-up time and low power consumption.”

The Raven RV50 offers a huge jump in functionality at the same power consumption as the original AirLink Raven. Industrial customers in particular can now look at adding new functionality like video surveillance to their remote infrastructure, which improves their day-to-day management and the security of these remote assets,” said Mark Gianinni, CEO of Accel Networks.

Register for the Raven RV50 Webinar: 8:00 a.m. PST, November 19, 2015

Sierra Wireless will host an informational webinar about communications challenges in industrial environments and the new AirLink Raven RV50 gateway on Thursday, November 19 at 8:00 AM Pacific time. Topics will include typical industrial applications and use cases, the role of LTE in an industrial environment, and the importance of power consumption in industrial gateways.

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Sierra Wireless supplies Connectivity for European Smart Gas Meter Deployment

 Sierra Wireless AirPrime modules selected by Itron for smart gas metering deployments in Europe

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AirPrime HL modules well-suited to provide cellular connectivity to meet growing need for smart gas meters, with low power requirements that enable battery operation over long lifespan
Sierra Wireless  today announced that Itron has selected AirPrime HL Series modules to enable cellular connectivity in its latest line of smart gas meters. The point-to-point residential meters will begin shipping later this quarter to support smart metering initiatives across Europe, beginning with a deployment in Italy.
Itron selected Sierra Wireless based on the company’s smart metering expertise and the global reach the AirPrime HL Series provides. The two companies have previously announced their collaboration to provide smart electrical meters. This is the first time they have collaborated to provide connected gas meters.
“We look forward to combining Itron’s expertise in smart gas technologies, and in particular with battery-powered devices, with Sierra Wireless’ experience in providing wireless solutions for the energy industry, which enables us to deliver the highest level of service to our customers,” said Guillaume Garros, vice president of global solutions marketing for gas at Itron. “Sierra Wireless provides both the expertise in smart metering requirements and an innovative solution to meet the low-power consumption requirements for our new gas metering projects. In addition, the Sierra Wireless modules enable us to leverage a single design for worldwide deployments and across multiple generations of our products as the technology evolves.”
The HL Series uses the new CF3™ form factor from Sierra Wireless, which is footprint-compatible across product lines and network technologies and will remain fully interchangeable with future versions of the modules, including those for LTE-M networks when they become available. LTE-M technology is expected to provide a highly efficient cellular LPWA (Low-Power Wide Area) technology option for smart metering and smart grid applications, with lower radio-frequency complexity, significantly reduced power consumption (up to 10 years of service on a single AA battery), better in-building signal penetration, and lower costs. Sierra Wireless is an active contributor to the LTE-M standard definition process within the 3GPP and has committed to launching compatible modules timed with network deployments, expected to begin in 2017.
“We are seeing significant interest from utilities in expanding smart metering from electrical grids to initiatives in gas metering as well,” said Dan Schieler, Senior Vice President, OEM Solutions for Sierra Wireless. “We are pleased to expand our collaboration with Itron to address these opportunities with innovative solutions that meet the stringent power requirements of these applications and provide a clear technology path as networks evolve to better support the Internet of Things.”
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Los Angeles Deploys Street Lighting With Built In 4G LTE Wireless Technology

A better signal wherever you go. Los Angeles is the world’s first city to deploy Philips’ SmartPole Street lighting with fully built in 4G LTE wireless technology from Ericsson

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  • Delivers enhanced and more reliable wireless data broadband coverage to businesses and citizens in one of the largest cities in the world.
  • 100 LED light poles to be fitted with new small cell technology from Ericsson that will host mobile network operator equipment.
  • Leading-edge energy efficiency LED street lighting to help LA to meet sustainability goals while improving mobile network performance and reducing urban clutter.

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Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), the global leader in lighting, today announced that the City of Los Angeles (LA) will be the first city in the world to deploy 100 Philips SmartPoles – connected LED street lighting that includes fully integrated 4G LTE wireless telecommunications technology by Ericsson. The collaboration between Philips and Ericsson delivers on the latest Internet of Things (IoT) innovation and provides a double benefit to LA citizens: high quality, public lighting that is energy efficient as well as improved network performance in dense urban areas.

 

“The analog light pole has evolved right here in Los Angeles,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “L.A. is a world leader in LED street lights and has more poles than any other city in America. We are now taking advantage of previously untapped real estate to give our streets better broadband connectivity and future-ready infrastructure, while generating revenue for the city. This project shows what smart infrastructure can do for Los Angeles: create jobs, save tax payer dollars, and improve our environment.”

 

This project expands on Philips’ existing relationship with the City of LA. Earlier this year, LA became the first city in North America to monitor and control its street lighting through Philips CityTouch, an advanced Philips streetlight asset management system that uses mobile and cloud-based technologies. Better lit streets contribute to safer streets, less accidents and deter crime while connected management of street lighting reduces further the amount of energy used and simplifies maintenance.

 

Amy Huntington, President of Philips Lighting Americas said: “The Philips SmartPole technology proves its role as the backbone in an outdoor Internet of Things platform capable of delivering new services and value.  This is also fully aligned with many of Mayor Garcetti’s key priorities and outcomes by taking LED street lighting and turning it into a services hub that can adapt to the changing needs of a particular neighborhood over time.”

 

With cellular data traffic expected to grow 9 times by 2020, according to the Ericsson Mobility Report, and current telecoms infrastructure struggling to respond to this demand, Philips SmartPoles are enabling seamless mobile wireless 4G/LTE connectivity, with the small cell technology from Ericsson housed in the poles to enable increased data capacity in the telecoms network.  Philips SmartPoles were specifically designed and tested to accept FCC licensed wireless mobile network operator equipment. This enables an alternative deployment methodology for 4G LTE broadband services which will connect each pole through a fiber link to its core network.

 

Arun Bansal, Senior Vice President and Head of Business Unit Radio, Ericsson, said: “LA will be a role model for other smart cities that place sustainability and connectivity high on their agenda. As citizens, businesses and industries transform through mobility, cities have an increasingly important role to play as eco-system partners enabling the next wave of innovations that will bring us to 5G in 2020. Innovative solutions like Philips SmartPoles and Ericsson Zero Site that efficiently improve the performance of mobile networks will be necessary to address the growing demand from both smartphone users and the Internet of Things.”

 

For mobile network operators this innovation offers new possibilities to find the right site location. It also helps scale mobile wireless 4G/LTE infrastructure deployment beyond traditional sites. As a result operators can improve data coverage and capacity for citizens so there are no more signal dropouts.

Source: Royal Philips

 

Co-Star Maximise the Performance of a Peplink Wireless Router Installed on a Luxury Yacht

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Wally 148 SaudadeCo-Star a global distributor to the mobile communications industry based in Harrogate UK have helped a luxury super yacht based in Palma Majorca to maximise the performance of a Peplink wireless router used to provide mission critical connectivity whilst at sea by supplying a Panorama MIMO 4G Antenna which has a rugged low profile design suitable for demanding and harsh environments and contains two wideband LTE/Cellular elements and covers frequencies from 698 to 2700MHz.peplink

The Yacht which is manufactured from carbon fiber was impairing the signal internally so Co-Star supplied a ground plane independent antenna mounted externally on the mast of the yacht together with 20 meters of ultra low loss coaxial cable terminated with SMA male connectors to connect the antenna directly to the Pepwave wireless router.

Tim Cosgrove of Co-Star commented: “We were approached by the Captain of the Yacht who needed an urgent solution to get the best possible performance from the Pepwave device. We supplied an external antenna because the yacht which is manufactured from carbon fiber and caused interference with the router by hampering the signal when used with the standard internal antennas. The antenna was installed on the ship’s mast so we needed long lengths of cable which is why we went for the ultra low loss coaxial cable designed specifically for cellular and WiFi applications offering unparalled attenuation to minimise any signal loss”

Source: Co-Star

5 Ways 4G is Improving Healthcare

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Patients and Medical Professionals Benefit From Wireless Connectivity

Advancements in technology and connectivity are simultaneously improving the quality and efficiency of healthcare. One of the most powerful factors in the rapid evolution of healthcare IT has been the development of 4G LTE networking.

Reliable wireless connectivity enables thousands of new technologies and applications to help medical care providers “Cut-the-Wire” and provide care far beyond hospital walls. From kiosks and the Internet of Healthcare Things (IoHT) to Telehealth, mobile clinics, and electronic medical records—connectivity is revolutionizing the ways people tend to their health and well-being.

Kiosks

Waiting Room Kiosks: Reliable wireless connectivity gives providers the flexibility to place patient kiosks in waiting rooms to streamline simple data entry, as well as create a more personalized patient experience. At kiosks, patients can:

  • Set appointments and check in
  • Complete forms and questionnaires
  • Scan driver licenses and insurance cards
  • View account balances and pay for services
  • Review medical information
  • Learn more about specific medical conditions and how to care for them
  • Use interactive maps to navigate the building or campus

Specialized Kiosks: Some kiosks are used to increase awareness of and seek candidates for medical donations. Often set up in retail outlets, office complexes, and other high-traffic areas, these kiosks allow potential organ, blood, and bone marrow donors to answer screening questions and watch videos about the process.

Potential donors also can see profiles and photos of patients in need of donations, and they can sign up to receive a donor-testing kit in the mail.

Diagnostic Kiosks: Diagnostic kiosks have been around for decades. For example, blood pressure stations in pharmacies and grocery stores are used by an estimated 70 million people each year.

Today, the potential for diagnostic kiosks to improve patient care and operational efficiencies is rapidly growing. 4G LTE is helping usher in an era of kiosks with Machine-to-Machine (M2M) functionality to help providers do more than just remotely collect data from patients.

Today’s “clinic-in-a-store” kiosks can connect patients to physicians in real time. A patient may use a kiosk to conduct and transmit a retinal scan to an ophthalmologist, who can diagnose ocular disorders based on the findings.

Some kiosks serve as virtual offices where onsite healthcare professionals can conduct diagnostic appointments between remote physicians and patient. These kiosks also are capable of:

  • Updating patient health records on the spot
  • Gauging vital signs and informing patients whether they should seek further medical advice.
  • Administering diagnostic tests and then saving the results for patients to review and track online from their homes

The Internet of Healthcare Things (IoHT)

In the just the past few years, wireless technologies and medical devices within the Internet of Healthcare Things (IoHT) have transformed the way medical care is delivered. For instance, a new generation of intelligent heart rate monitors, blood pressure cuffs, glucometers, asthma inhalers, and thermometers no longer must be connected with wires.

These days, patients can send providers integral personal health information from the waiting room, at home, or even as they travel. For those with more severe medical conditions, healthcare professionals can remotely monitor patients’ vital signs via 4G LTE-connected, wearable body sensors.

Real-time data improves the ability of providers to quickly and accurately administer treatment based on up-to-date information. In other words, it helps achieve better health outcomes.

One of the most significant challenges physicians face is ensuring patients take medicine when and how it was prescribed. New wireless IoHT technology embedded in pill bottles enables doctors to remotely track whether a patient has taken his or her medicine.

Telehealth

The rise in healthcare costs has led to a reduction in the number of physicians and medical staff available to treat patients. Emerging trends in Telehealth seek to correct this imbalance through the use of wireless networks to connect providers with one another from remote locations.

Modern-day healthcare professionals can use video conferencing to bridge the gap between rural and urban offices. A family medicine physician in a small town can consult with specialists in a large city much easier than before. This practice literally can save the life of a rurally located patient who needs highly specialized care.

With systems now in place to remotely share electronic medical records, review scans or X-rays, and discuss treatment options in real time, doctors can save substantial time and money—which is important for everyone.

Mobile Healthcare

One of the most transformative improvements in healthcare technology has been in-vehicle connectivity. Emergency medical personnel now send triage information and patient histories ahead to the emergency room from the road.

While the patient is en route, ER staff can monitor vital signs, review photos or videos that might help diagnose the patient, check the person’s prescription drug history, and dictate treatment instructions to paramedics.

In-vehicle 4G LTE connectivity allows patients at mobile clinics to receive highly advanced healthcare services without setting foot in a traditional doctor’s office. Also, with mobile routers small enough to fit in a carry-on, in-home and mobile caretakers enjoy a secure, reliable Internet connection for accessing reference materials, email, and patient medical and prescription histories.

Electronic Health Records (EHRs)

The healthcare industry’s widespread move toward electronic health records has streamlined various processes and made access to a patient’s medical history practically instant— from anywhere.

Remote access to EHRs has been particularly useful in emergency care. As soon as first responders know a patient’s name, they can gain access to a wealth of information about medical status and begin to treat the patient accordingly.

Patients directly benefit from EHRs. They are are subjected to far fewer redundant questions from multiple practitioners during sign-in and follow-up processes. In turn, practitioners can spend a larger percentage of their time providing care.

Of course, security is a major factor regarding EHRs, as well as one of the main concerns for network administrators at healthcare facilities. Should a data breach result in patients’ personal, medical, or financial data being stolen, the resulting fallout could harm patients and subject the provider to fines for failure to comply with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) or Payment Card Industry (PCI) guidelines.

Cradlepoint’s 4G LTE routing and cloud management solutions enable best-in-breed, cloud-based network security applications — that fully meet HIPAA and PCI regulations — to keep patients, hospital administrators and IT managers at ease.

“Our infrastructure is more secured now because of how Cradlepoint has enabled us to configure, monitor, and manage the network,” said Shawn Wiora, CIO and CISO forCreative Solutions in Healthcare. “We’ve made tremendous progress in achieving a much higher level of awareness of the network. If someone were to try to attack our facilities, we’d know it immediately and have solutions in place to thwart the attack.”

For additional protection, organizations use Cradlepoint solutions to enable Parallel Networking, which keeps credit card and other sensitive data completely separate or “air-gapped” from other applications and third-party networks.

Healthcare Technology Improves Patient Experience

The present and future of 4G LTE-enabled healthcare networking is bright. For instance, robotics is poised to emerge as a major tool for patient care—potentially affecting everything from the distribution of medication to exoskeletons enabling paraplegics to walk.

For now, practitioners and patients alike are reaping the benefits of 4G LTE connectivity making healthcare more accessible, efficient, and flexible than ever before.

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