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5G-Ready hospitals thanks to INWIT’s DAS micro-antennas

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30 hospitals have signed an agreement with INWIT for coverage with DAS micro-antennas since the start of the pandemic. In 20 coverage has already been developed; work is in progress in the other 10. The latest of these is the “Hospital City” of Avellino in which the installation of 200 micro-antennas is planned.

The possibilities introduced by new technologies can also be exploited by hospitals and healthcare structures. Since the start of the pandemic, INWIT has already entered into an agreement for coverage with DAS (Distributed Antenna System) micro-antennas with thirty hospitals. Thanks to these infrastructures developed by INWIT, the healthcare structures can make use of a stable and rapid connection to the leading mobile networks with maximum-level performances, also in closed areas, where the signal struggles to arrive in normal conditions.

Hospitals with DAS micro-antennas

30 hospital structures with DAS micro-antennas means a catchment area of 9 million users for over 16 thousand hospital beds. In 20 of these the system has already been developed; work is in progress in the other 10. 50% of the structures that have chosen to be more “connected” are in the North; the remaining 50% are equally distributed between the Centre and the South. The latest hospital structure where indoor coverage is being developed is the San Giuseppe Moscati Hospital in Avellino in which 200 micro-antennas will be installed, distributed throughout the central complex situated in the Amoretta district.

The micro-antennas will prepare the structure to be 5G-Ready, and therefore also ready for the services that the fifth-generation network will be able to offer through, for example, IoT (the Internet of Things), allowing for a further step forward in patient care, simplifying remote diagnosis or making remote surgery possible. Installation of DAS’s has already proved to be of great support also during the pandemic, giving isolated patients and their families, besides the healthcare staff, the possibility of feeling closer together thanks to being able to stay in contact also in contexts where, in the past, a simple phone call could be difficult.

Telemedicine and digitalisation

“The development of so-called telemedicine will play an increasingly crucial role in facilitating the extraordinary work of healthcare staff and improve the quality of patients’ lives”, declared Giovanni Ferigo, INWIT C.E.O.. “We meet the need for hospital structures to be ever-more interconnected, digitalised and innovative.”

“With the agreement entered into with the Moscati Hospital in Avellino, INWIT continues its mission for the digitalisation of the country in support of mobile operators. This system will permit the development of telemedicine, thus supporting the work of healthcare staff, aimed at improving the quality of life, not only of the patients inside the healthcare structure, but also all the people affected by illness and confined at home”, Gabriele Abbagnara, INWIT Marketing & Sales Director declared.