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Programs, such as FirstNet, aim to provide safety agencies with quick, reliable information. Companies like Panasonic are bonding together on this front, as they recently announced joining the FirstNet Dealer Program through the AT&T* Alliance Channel℠, as reported by WDD.

In this same vain, two researchers are looking into mobile cloud computing to improve the response time of healthcare workers.

Hazzaa Alshareef and Dan Grigoras developed a cloud computing service that can work alongside existing emergency communication systems. Other systems, the team notes, either replace current systems with automated services, or “build on unreliable or less efficient frameworks that are based on some sort of social media application, such as redirecting emergency requests to Facebook friends.“

According to the team, the service’s main goal is targeted at “reducing the time spent waiting for emergency help to arrive, as well as making the best use of medical professionals who may be located in close proximity to the medical case.”

The team built the current system upon earlier models, such as their cloud-hosted MANET mobile ad hoc network. With MANET, if the user is connected via WiFi to the internet, then they can be reached. The researchers continued refining the system, reducing resource demands and introducing a system to link healthcare services to people in need.

They have now further optimized communication channels and improved the network’s security.

In experiments, the time it took to locate the nearest medical professional in the vicinity, and fashion a line of communication took “between 4 and 25 seconds, depending on the communication method used. This result means that no extra time is added to the total medical response time and could enhance the chance of a better outcome,” explains the research team.

Next, the team will try and better optimize their algorithms that manages active, register medical professionals, according to Phys.org. They’ll also attempt to incorporate wearable sensor users.

The full details are available in the article, “Swift personal emergency help facilitated by the mobile cloud,” published in International Journal of High Performance Computing and Networking (IJHPCN).

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