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What if we could use real-time analytics to help save lives?

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First responders often find themselves in life-changing situations. In these moments, they need to be able to think and act fast.

For example, our character Jasmine doesn't know what she'll face when she arrives on scene. She needs to be able to make critical decisions, quickly - so how could technology help her?

Body-worn cameras are already making a difference in some emergency situations. But if we combine them with other technologies, we can also open up lots of new possibilities. For example, we could allow paramedics, like Jasmine, to livestream from the most challenging environments. Medics at the hospital could then see the live view, provide on-the-spot expertise and start preparing ahead of a patient's arrival. Also, the streams from multiple cameras could be combined to provide a real-time view of the scene and, with the addition of AI, detect where traffic needs to be re-routed.
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Jasmine with body-worn camera

How would it work?

Body-worn cameras could be used alongside other technologies to assist first responders and their patients.

The cameras would be connected to a 5G network, which could transmit high-definition, real-time video and audio between locations.

In order to analyse the video quickly, Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) is critical. It would enable the live stream to be automatically processed and analysed on-scene - not in a remote data centre. Everything would happen in real time, so there would be no delays. And in first response scenarios, that's essential.

AI could also be used to help analyse the scene and automatically share critical insights with a central operational hub. Here, staff could match the right individuals, skills and resources to the scene, to provide the best care possible and keep everyone safe.

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What else is possible?

These mission-critical technologies could create all kinds of opportunities for different industries, from local government to retail.

For instance, cameras could play an important role in flight safety if used with drones. In-built sensors would detect the movement of birds that could potentially obstruct a flight path. With AI assistance, that data could then be used to automatically re-route the aircraft.

Drones are already proving invaluable in the energy and utilities industry too, where they can be used to survey vast pipelines. Plus, with thermal imaging, they could even help to locate gas leaks or fires. Pipes could then be turned off quickly remotely, keeping workers safe from danger.

In retail, cameras are also being used in different ways to help enhance the customer experience - such as using them to better understand customers' interests and preferences, as well as improving store layout.