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RDT presents telemedicine for bizjets

6th October 2008 - 01:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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BRITISH company RDT today introduced its new Inmarsat-supported Tempus IC telemedicine system to the business aviation community gathered at the NBAA show in Orlando, Florida.

The system is designed to obtain detailed medical data – including pulse, blood pressure and heart rhythms - if a passenger falls ill in flight and then pass it promptly via Inmarsat or another suitable link to specialist doctors on the ground. The information allows the doctors to diagnose the patient’s condition and advise the crew on immediate treatment and whether or not a diversion is necessary.    

RDT says it already holds over 100 orders for Tempus IC from two airlines, private aircraft operators and other customers. “The latest business aircraft are flying higher and further than ever before,” says RDT chief executive Graham Murphy. “Investing to prepare for an in-flight emergency is a responsible thing to do.”

The system is smaller, lighter and more robust than the first-generation Tempus 2000. Its medical data-gathering facilities are combined with real-time voice and video communications in a water-resistant unit about the size of a desk telephone. Imagery can be streamed over Inmarsat with the help of the latest H264 video compression technology while the aircraft’s crew talk to the ground using wired or wireless headsets. Built-in GPS provides accurate aircraft position information.

 


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