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Spotlight: IP Video Aids Mobile Medical System

By | February 9, 2004

      Satellite-based video services are expected to help save lives through a Houston-based program jointly operated by the U.S. Army, Texas A&M University and the University of Texas Health Science Center (UT – Houston). The program, called Disaster Relief and Emergency Medical Services (DREAMS), is designed to bring medical expertise to remote locations in Texas and potentially throughout the United States.

      Sunnyvale, Calif.-based SkyStream Networks, a provider of satellite-based IP video services, plays a key role in offering video services for DREAMS, which is intended to help first responders deliver life-saving treatment to victims of car accidents, plane or train wrecks, natural disasters, terrorist attacks, war or other emergencies.

      DREAMS is developing a mobile communications system that enables two-way video, audio and data communications in ambulances, military vehicles and remote hospitals. DREAMS has selected the SkyStream Mediaplex-20 video headend system for the UT-Houston satellite hub.

      The program currently is road-testing civilian ambulances and military vehicles mounted with cameras, satellite video, audio, and data communications equipment that can transmit and receive data and video from multiple sources, including the satellite hub.

      –Paul Dykewicz

      (Larry Flournoy, Texas A&M University, 713/677-7434)

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