Tucson’s mobile network delivers emergency medical care

Tucson, Arizona, has deployed a wireless mesh network to help emergency medical workers administer care on the way to hospitals.Tucson, Arizona, has deployed a wireless mesh network to help emergency medical workers administer care on the way to hospitals.

The 230 square mile network called ER-Link was funded, in part, by a $1.9 million federal public safety grant. Tropos Networks and integrator SmartWAVE Technologies designed and deployed the network.

The remarkable thing about this network is that it is fully mobile and able to deliver signals to fast-moving vehicles, allowing tele-medical support systems to deliver critical information via video. Wi-Fi is typically deployed to provide fixed wireless solutions, sending signals from one point to another. Tropos addressed the problem through software, optimizing the platform’s ability to handle hand-offs between access points and insure consistent reliable coverage.

All 17 Tucson Fire Department ambulances are now equipped to communicate with doctors at the city’s University Medical Center for assistance in evaluating patients’ needs.

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Comments

  1. Esme,
    It has been a pleasure working with the City of Tucson on this project. This is a great success story for a different type of public-private partnership, whereas the City and University developed a visionary approach to enhance public safety, secured the grant funding to build an initial infrastructure, and identified a private partner to architect, design, deploy and manage the infrastructure and the solution.

    Over the past few months, other City departments have been supplementing the intial grant fund to expand the infrastructure, and in doing so, are providing a broader range of coverage for the initial ER Link application, in addition to reducing their current expenditures to support traffic control, video surveillance and other public safety intiatives. This is definitely a model of success that other communities should take note of.

    Al Brown – http://www.smartwave.us