Panasonic, Verizon Partner on Mobile HD Visual System

Potential users include EMTs and first-responders.
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Panasonic unveiled a portable “High Definition (HD) Visual Communications System” (mobile HDVC) that uses Verizon’s Wireless 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network, Panasonic says in a written statement issued at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

“The 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network provides the HD Visual Communications System with versatility and flexibility on a portable station to be used on the 4G LTE network,” said Bill Taylor, president of Panasonic System Networks Company of America.

The medical sector is one that may immediately find benefits, according to Taylor. With the Panasonic mobile HDVC system, emergency medical technicians can transmit essential visual patient data from a remote location to awaiting teams in an emergency room so those teams can prepare.

In addition, patients with disabilities can have “virtual” appointments with their doctors by simply stepping into an on-site van with a mobile HDVC system. Other potential users may include first-responders who can update central command posts with real-time images in the aftermath of a crisis or natural disaster; and lawyers, who can consult with or obtain documents from their clients without the need for travel.

Panasonic’s mobile HDVC system consists of two setups: one for the remote site and the other for the static location. Each remote site setup comprises a Panasonic display, a Panasonic VC500 HDVC CODEC (the main system unit), a Panasonic HD microphone, a Panasonic Pan/Tilt/Zoom camera, and optional detachable secondary camera and digital video recorder for medical uses. Those systems are connected through the 4G LTE network via an LTE-enabled CradlePoint mobile router. The stationary site includes the same configuration (sans the optional detachable secondary camera and recorder), plus a special router that can handle LTE.

The mobile HDVC system delivers high-definition visuals with MPEG4-AVC technology and features 360-degree full duplex stereo sound quality, stable connectivity with QoS, and rate control forward error correction.

Verizon says its wireless 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network—launched in December 2010—is the fastest, most advanced 4G network in the United States, providing speeds up to 10 times faster than Verizon Wireless' 3G network.