S5GConnect Dumfries Innovation Challenge Showcase
This year, The Scotland 5G Centre launched its first innovation Challenge – “Shaping Digital Health and Social Care” outlining 3 core challenges within the Scottish health and social care sector, with the purpose – of bringing 5G solutions and services into the supply chain, or closer to market realisation helping to overcome these challenges.
As part of the Challenge, each of the winning companies took part in a 15-week development programme; with access to the 5G testbed in Dumfries and one-to-one technical expertise to support technical development.
On 5th October 2022, the three winning companies presented their 5G-enabled solutions at the S5GConnect Dumfries hub to The Scotland 5G Centre and Challenge Partners, in the closing Innovation Challenge event, marking the end of the 15 weeks accelerator programme.
John Griffiths, Chief Technology Officer at Safehouse Technology explained the journey of the existing Safehouse Monitoring & Anomaly Detection device and how Safehouse 5G was conceived, designed and realised in The Scotland 5G Centre’s Dumfries Hub. With enhanced capabilities and reduced points of failure, Safehouse 5G is the next step in monitoring technology for at-home social care.
Ross Toomer, Founder and Chief Executive of Care Reality and Jake Spreadborough (Lead Developer) showcased how their VR Training Environment for healthcare workers was transformed, by the increased bandwidth and low latency of a Private 5G Network in streaming activity led training content, positioning their software and the advanced network ahead of existing headset technology.
Arjun Panesar, Founding CEO and Head of AI at DDM Health, guided the audience through a precision health experience using the Gro Health App. The Gro Health App is a personalised treatment platform proven to support sustainable weight loss, blood glucose control, and improvements in mental health and wellbeing. Arjun detailed the process of testing this already successful tool in a 5G environment to ensure its readiness and roadmap for the future.
This demonstrates how 5G technology can be applied to different sectors, products and needs and how it enables innovation and use-case development and implementation. In the coming months we will share in further detail outputs and achievements of the companies as part of this programme.
This is a huge milestone for the Centre, for the South of Scotland region and for the aforementioned sectors, and it wouldn’t have been possible without the partners of this Innovation Challenge: NHS Dumfries & Galloway, Scottish Care, Dumfries & Galloway Health and Social Care Partnership, CGI, AWTG and Urban Foresight.
The three winning companies will continue to receive business and investment advice and introductions to potential customers and ongoing access to S5GConnect business and technical support until March 2023.