The government of Catalonia is showing off its 5G ambulance at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 in Barcelona, saying the emergency vehicles have become moving network nodes and base stations.
According to the government, it is working through its Ministry for Digital Policy and Public Administration to develop and deploy 5G as a priority “in order to make Catalonia a benchmark digital nation worldwide”.
“Catalonia is positioned at a great starting point to become a magnet for attracting the technological deployment of services and a new industry associated with the 5G network,” the government said.
The 5G-connected ambulance is one initiative it is taking to show how new mobile networks will affect important areas such as healthcare.
“Connected ambulances are vehicles equipped with multi-technology and advanced communication services,” it said.
The vehicles are using a 5G network with dedicated communication, which sees speeds of up to 5Gbps; provides lower latency for communications and sending data; and enables network slicing for urgent needs.
“A slice or dedicated network [can] be used just for medical emergencies and care in order to guarantee the service and the capacity to communicate, regardless of the number of users in the same communications cell,” it explained.
“Through radio slicing, the allocation of resources among the different services offered can be controlled flexibly.”
The kitted-out ambulances serve Medical Emergencies System (MES) — the Catalonian government’s public enterprise that responds to health emergencies.
The connectivity is already being used to receive specialised remote real-time HD video support while carrying a patient, and ambulances will soon also gain vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2i) capabilities in order to ensure they have access to clearer roads on the way to the hospital.
Massive Internet of Things (IoT) functions can also be enabled, including “communication with multiple sensors, actuators, and smart devices in the region, in the surroundings, and in the ambulance”, the government said.
The Catalonian government worked with Vodafone Business, Juniper Networks, emergency equipment provider Corpuls, Spanish satellite provider Hispasat, non-profit tech research and innovation centre i2cat, and IT services management company Informática El Corte Inglés on the project.
The Easiest Way To Back Up Your Android Phone’s Data
Google’s service for saving and restoring photos and videos is called “Backup & Sync.” It works across all platforms. But the tool is pre-integrated into the Google Photos app for Android.
- To create a backup for your photo and video gallery, download and install Google Photos from the Play Store (if you haven’t already).
- You’ll be asked to sign in with a Google Account of your choice.
- After signing in, tap your profile picture in the corner to pull up the preferences.
- Next, navigate to Photos Settings > Backup & Sync and toggle the switch.
- Backup & Sync will automatically start saving your photos and videos to the cloud. Once the process is completed successfully, you will see a green accent and a checkmark around your profile picture.
Unless you’re on a Pixel phone, the storage isn’t unlimited. From June 1, 2021, Google only offers 15GB of free storage. But you can always buy extra storage or adjust the upload size to save space. To change the Upload size, scroll down the Backup & Sync menu and select Upload size. And pick from Storage saver or Original quality modes (via Google).
Also, you can specify individual folders if you don’t need to back up your entire gallery. Go to Backup and Sync > backup device folders and toggle your chosen folders from the list.
Why Your Android Phone Goes Straight To Voicemail And How To Fix It
If you need periods blocked off in your day to focus or relax, the Do Not Disturb Mode is a handy feature to have. You can either block all phone calls or only accept calls or messages from the contacts you want to hear from. If this setting is enabled, it also blocks app notifications, text messages, and alarms. But what if you forget to turn it off? Or switch it on by accident? Depending on who calls, you probably won’t hear your phone ring, and their calls will most likely go to voicemail.
Here’s how you can turn it off in three simple steps.
Swipe down from the top of your screen to pull down your phone’s notification menu.
Check if the Do Not Disturb button is enabled at the bottom right.
If it’s on (the button will be lit). Tap once to turn it off.
Another way to turn off the Do Not Disturb function is to go through the settings menu on your phone.
Go to the Settings app on your phone
Hit Sound & vibration > Do not disturb > Turn on/off now.
If you own a phone that is Android 8.1 and below, press Sound > Do not disturb. Toggle the switch on/off
The Galaxy Note Is Dead, But Its Spirit Will Live On Every Year
According to notorious tipster @Ice universe, Samsung mobile division head TM Roh was quoted as saying that the Galaxy Note will appear in the form of the Galaxy S Ultra every year. The direct implication here is that there will no longer be a Galaxy Note model moving forward. It also suggests that the Galaxy S Ultra models will retain the same form and features as the Galaxy Note, just like the Galaxy S22 Ultra released in 2022.
In terms of features, that basically means that the Galaxy S Ultra model will continue carrying an S-Pen inside its body. That design change started with the Galaxy S22 Ultra this year, in contrast to the previous Galaxy S21 Ultra generation, which had no room for the stylus inside. That same ultra-large phone distinguished itself from the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22+ with its boxier design, similar to that of the latest Galaxy Note models. Whether that design will remain going forward is still unknown, but the exact appearance of the Galaxy Note was never its defining feature anyway.
This news, if confirmed to be official, will probably send mixed feelings to Galaxy Note fans. On the one hand, they will be relieved that the S Pen isn’t going anywhere, at least not yet. On the other hand, the brand beloved by professionals and creatives is finally being retired after almost a decade of service. The move will at least help consolidate Samsung’s Galaxy S brand and even make the S-Pen a staple of its flagship — and hopefully, it will at least stay that way for more years to come.
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