NISKAYUNA, N.Y., Oct. 27, 2021 /PRNewswire/ --
What's the news? AT&T* and GE Research are
fueling the future of healthcare, aviation and green energy. GE
Research, the research and development division of General Electric
(GE), has added AT&T 5G to its cross-industry 5G testbed at its
research facility in Niskayuna, New
The purpose of GE's testbed is to create real-world solutions,
so the research facility's environment must reflect the
marketplace — today and beyond. AT&T currently
provides 2 flavors of 5G – AT&T 5G, using low-band or sub-6
spectrum, which offers the Nation's Best 5G
Network1 to our customers nationwide and AT&T
5G+, which delivers super-fast speeds and unprecedented
performances via mmWave spectrum.
The addition of AT&T's 5G network provides GE Research with
the most advanced networking capabilities available and for
the first time, enables them to use both high and low-band 5G to
uncover new opportunities to advance clean energy, air
transportation and precision health.
Why is this important? High-speed, lower-latency 5G
connections have the potential to alter the very DNA of critical
industries in exciting ways. GE Research and AT&T are actively
exploring ways to use 5G connectivity to improve patient care and
outcomes. As healthcare becomes more personal, precise and portable
over the next decade, we need faster, secure and reliable networks
to realize this potential.
Having access to both forms of AT&T's 5G connectivity can
enhance the ability of GE Research to shape the future of patient
care and improving patient outcomes. This can help GE Research
develop and optimize data flow across both spectrum bands
throughout the care cycle and regardless of location. This means
enhancing the level of care whether a patient is receiving care at
home, in an ambulance or at a healthcare facility.
"The power of reliable, robust sub-6 and 5G+ networks will
transform healthcare by bringing care more directly to the
patient," said Eric Tucker,
senior director of technical products, GE. "We're already
seeing how doctors have become more connected to their patients
through the power of telemedicine or teleconsulting. Just imagine
what will be possible when millions of medical devices and
diagnostics tools can be reliably connected to help doctors deliver
faster, more effective patient care."
Tucker added, "Today, when you don't feel well, you
call the doctor and schedule an appointment so that the doctor can
examine you and figure out what's wrong. Depending on
schedules, it may take several hours or even days before you get
into the doctor's office. But with the development of wearable
sensors and other medical monitoring devices that GE and others are
innovating, a future scenario could well be that the doctor calls
the patient to tell them something is wrong first. This is possible
in a very limited way today. The power of 5G networks could make it
Here are some of the ways 5G could help enhance the patient
experience in the coming years:
- Accelerating the development of wearable sensors and medical
devices: Instead of a prolonged hospital stay, a patient
could recover at home, but without any loss in the doctor's ability
to monitor and respond to changes in their recovery.
- Transforming asset management and monitoring: In
the modern hospital setting, it can often be difficult to rapidly
locate necessary medical equipment. As 5G matures and more precise
location monitoring is available, we envision a world in which
medical assets are always where you need them.
- Elevating precision health with precision data: 5G will
be critical to enabling improved data collection and analysis. It
will also allow for more effective expert networks, enabling
teleconsultation and AI-augmented decision making.
What are people saying? "Bringing AT&T's full
spectrum of 5G connectivity to GE's Global Research facility is
opening the doors for improved patient care, experience and
outcomes. Next generation networks will play an important role in
enabling personal, proactive and portable healthcare experiences,"
said Rasesh Patel, executive vice president and chief
product and platform officer, AT&T.
"A critical focus for the GE 5G testbed is democratizing
technology and building solutions that work in the real-world
setting," said SM Hasan, 5G Mission Leader, GE Research.
"Having both flavors of 5G enables us to build solutions that span
both high speeds, in building networks and the over-the-air 5G
network available to AT&T customers."
What else should I know? The deployment on the GE
Research campus also expands the AT&T 5G footprint in the
broader community, giving high-speed wireless access to more
Niskayuna residents and visitors.
In addition, these enhancements will bring Band 14 spectrum to the
area – a nationwide, high-quality spectrum set aside by the federal
government specifically for FirstNet®, Built with
AT&T. FirstNet is designed to solve for long-standing
communications challenges faced by the public safety community by
allowing first responders to communicate with one another during
everyday situations, big events or emergencies.
FirstNet is the only nationwide, high-speed broadband
communications platform dedicated to and purpose-built for
America's first responders and the extended public safety
community. Shaped by the vision of Congress and the first responder
community following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, FirstNet stands
above commercial offerings. It is built with AT&T in
public-private partnership with the First Responder Network
Authority (FirstNet Authority) – an independent agency within the
federal government. The FirstNet network provides first responders
truly dedicated coverage and capacity when they need it, including
unique benefits like always-on priority and preemption and
high-quality Band 14 spectrum. These advanced capabilities enable
FirstNet to help fire, EMS, EMA, law enforcement and 9-1-1
personnel save lives and protect their communities.
To learn more about GE Research, visit www.ge.com/research/. To
learn more about how AT&T can help businesses get the most out
of 5G connectivity, visit www.business.att.com/learn/5G/.
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