Demonstration of DELTASS Emergency Telemedicine System at SITEF 2002
18 Oct 2002
SITEF, the annual International Fair of Innovation and Future Technologies held in Toulouse, showcased a demonstration of DELTASS (Disaster Emergency Logistic Telemedicine Advanced Satellite System) in a simulated real emergency situation.
The full-scale demonstration took place on 24 October 14:00-17:00 at the CNES stand (3C18 in Hall 3) in SITEF, and involved operation-ready equipment, with actors simulating medical patients, alongside technical and medical staff. The aim of the event was to highlight the potential benefits of satellite-based communication systems for healthcare services.
Leading the DELTASS project are CNES, the French Space Agency, co-ordinating a European industrial consortium including MEDES, EADS-S&DE with support from the European Space Agency (ESA) under the Telecommunications User Segment Programme Line.
The DELTASS Medical and Coordination Centre was installed, giving visitors the opportunity to follow the progress of the demonstration. After the demonstration, a panel discussion took place starting at 18:00 with key representatives from the project, plus the French Research Minister C. Mathieu in attendance.
DELTASS - emergency telemedicine system for critical situations
DELTASS is designed to improve the efficiency of the management of rescue, first aid and emergency operations in Disaster Telemedicine contexts such as earthquakes or explosions.
In such situations, the existing terrestrial infrastructures could be damaged. Remote medical expertise and fast deployment of the management of the logistic and medical means are also required. Satellite systems can effectively complement partly destroyed terrestrial infrastructures to meet the requirements of emergency healthcare services.
Using satellite networks the DELTASS system enables the mobile users such as paramedics to co-ordinate their activities and to generate and transmit localization and medical data directly from the disaster fields to a co-ordination centre using specially adapted equipment.
Last Update: 10 Nov 2008