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WiMax speeds up F1 medical care

High-speed connectivity makes a difference between life and death.
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This photo gallery, which is part of ZDNet Asia's special industry report on the latest innovations in healthcare, offers a behind-the-scenes look at medical services during last year's Australian Grand Prix. With the help of Intel Australia and Airspan Networks, the organizers deployed a WiMax network to improve communication flow between the on-site trauma unit and medical specialists at The Alfred Hospital three kilometers away.

Photo credit: Intel Australia

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Clinicians, pictured here at the control center, were able to receive live feeds from the track on the TV. The wireless camera on top of the TV provided two-way video conferencing with The Alfred hospital.

Photo credit: Intel Australia

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This is one of the two emergency beds at the on-site medical facility. Emergency patients were treated here first, and once stabilized, they were transported via helicopter to the hospital

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The second bed area. A notebook wirelessly connected to the wireless LAN, which was then linked using WiMAX.

Photo credit: Intel Australia

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Medical workers use this portable x-ray machine to send x-ray images from the field back to the hospital via the WiMAX network. It took just over 1 minute to send the largest x-ray image taken that during the event.

Photo credit: Intel Australia

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