NCR implements network for Saudi medical facility

NCR has rolled out a complete network for the Sultan bin Abdulaziz Humanitarian City (SBAHC). The facility, covering over three million square feet near Riyadh, offers state of the art medical facilities that will now be accessible from other areas of the country.

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By  Guy Mathew Published  December 23, 2001

NCR telemedecine project

NCR has rolled out a complete network for the Sultan bin Abdulaziz Humanitarian City (SBAHC). The facility, covering over three million square feet near Riyadh, offers state of the art medical facilities that will now be accessible from other areas of the country.

“The SBHAC will revolutionise the way healthcare is provided, both in the Kingdom and across the Arab world. We chose NCR to help us lay the technology foundations to help us achieve this vision by implementing a network that will ultimately connect us to other hospitals around the world,” said Saleh Alshebil, project director, SBHAC.

The aim of the project is to cut the cost of healthcare on-site by making expertise available via e-mail, telephone and video-conferencing. With realtime broadband connections doctors, nurses and patients can communicate effectively, reducing the need for long consultations or frustrating searches for information for doctors. The stated aim of the SBAHC is to be at the centre of a web of hospitals and clinics in Saudi that allows skills and expertise to be brought to the patient’s bedside.

The choice of NCR was a natural one said Alshebil, “NCR has an extensive pedigree of providing large-scale technology solutions in Saudi Arabia. Not only could it provide us with the best-in-class solution based on the pick of top technology providers, but also has the experience of local conditions to implement this technology quickly and reliably.”

The core infrastructure comes from Marconi comprising Asynchronous Mode Transfer (ATM) technology and is fully upgradable. “It will be possible to upgrade the network based on new application requirements and business needs because the technology is ideal for delay-sensitive, mission-critical applications. NCR’s solution fits the requirements of today and the future business needs of the SBAHC,” said Naim Yazbeck, NCR sales manager, Saudi Arabia.

Applications across the network will include low-resolution video conferencing for meetings, high-resolution video conferencing for telemedicine and rapid transfer of high resolution medical images, all of which must be completely secure.

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