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People suffering from cardiac problems rescued within 3 minutes have 70% more chance to save themselves. Now, a drone operating on a 5G network could save lives even in remote areas. A joint project which includes telecom giant Ericsson in collaboration with Swedish phone company Telia and the Karolinska Institute of Medicine aims to create a 5G drone defibrillator intended for emergency operations, to improve medical outcomes in the case of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests.

The move follows the signing of the five Prime Ministers of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland to prioritize development of 5G in health care.

Telia claims that advancements in UAV technology and the use of a 4G and future 5G  network makes it possible for us to create digital aerial infrastructure which enables UAVs to reach remote locations. This infrastructure allows an entire network of UAVs and emergency services to be connected controlled and corrected dynamically by both the control center and the authorities, according to

The UAV situational awareness will let it adapt its travel route depending on weather reports. changes in routes of manned aircraft, obstacles or no-fly zones.

The operating speed of the drones will be four times higher than an ambulance, increasing the victim’s chances of survival and leading to a lower incidence of damage to the patient’s cardiovascular system.

However, laws still require modification in order that such technology can reach its full potential. “As it is today, rules and regulations haven’t caught up with the advancements,” Telia says. “We want to see a solution where technology can be used to its full extent and as a service to society.”