Local or on-premises software solutions run on a local network, an on-premises PC or a physical server with hardware to run and store your data. Cloud software solutions, on the other hand, refer to an online solution owned by a third party that allows you to access the software wirelessly using the Internet. In this case, the data collected by the “things” on the Internet of Things is pushed to the cloud environment where it is being stored and analysed. In short, it is where the “smart” processing takes places.
Kristof Geerkens is an experienced Product & Solutions Manager with a demonstrated track record in the telecommunications & ICT industry. He has deep expertise in different domains like fleet management software, IPTV, Digital Signage, Cloud, Storage and Backup solutions, Data Centre, IT Strategy and Wholesale. In his current role with Barco, he is responsible for helping clients bring efficiency, reliability and flexibility with Barco’s connected projector solution: ‘Projector Management Suite’.
Cloud vs. on-premises: key differences
BYOD and hybrid work
The greatest strength of cloud technology is that it allows you to easily access your solution anywhere and from any device with an internet connection. With the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) idea on the rise, most businesses want to be able to easily share information across devices – in the office or in the field. And the 2020 ‘home office’-trend, has certainly pushed the needle for technologies that enable remote work and hybrid solutions. Cloud services and remote access to your tools also brings the opportunity to move fast and react immediately when needed. It means fewer travel hours, saving you considerable time and money.
Infrastructure and costs
For some applications, local solutions mean a significant investment in hardware (e.g., a rack or server room/closet), a challenging setup of the network with lots of cables and switches, and dedicated IT support. In addition, with on-premises servers and systems, you are responsible for maintaining the hardware, software, data backups, recovery, etc. These additional maintenance expenses could easily be forgotten but should always be considered in your final calculations.
Cloud solutions require less (to no) upfront infrastructural costs, and you don’t have to pay high energy bills to power on-premises infrastructure. The solutions are often on-demand, which also makes them more scalable for the future. You only pay for what you need/use with regular fixed payments (OPEX principle), and based on the analysed data, predictive support and maintenance services can be scheduled when necessary.
Reliability and data recovery
There is no Internet-of-Things without the internet of course… So, one important element for cloud solutions is reliable internet connectivity. If the Internet goes down on your side or on your cloud provider’s side, you will not have access to any of your information. With on-premises systems, you do not rely on internet connectivity or external factors to access your data. Nevertheless, local architecture also relies on many links in a communication chain to move data from the physical world of our assets into the digital world of information technology. Each link in that communication chain is a potential point of failure.
In addition, local solutions may be more susceptible to data loss during disaster situations due to their in-house location. There are no recovery guarantees. With your data backed up and stored in the cloud, you do minimise data losses in unfortunate events.
Cybersecurity and privacy
Finally, we need to tackle the concerns on data privacy and potential data security breaches with IoT and cloud-based solutions. It is true these aspects should be treated as a great priority in the development and adoption of IoT devices and services.
Relying on local solutions entails that your data, hardware and software platforms are all yours. It keeps critical and sensitive data in-house. But in the end, even local solutions/infrastructure can be hacked…
And did you know that most cloud data centres employ such high-standard security measures, they are reaching beyond the affordability of most businesses? So, in fact, in some cases, your data might be safer in the cloud than on a server (or a PC) in your offices.
Barco Projector Management Suite: a cloud-based IoT platform for remote projector management
Now which one’s best for IoT applications: cloud or on-premises? As always, there is no one-size-fits-all solution, with each its pros and cons. But there are clearly some substantial benefits in cloud connectivity for many IoT use cases. For our remote projector management system, Barco Projector Management Suite, we’re convinced that the benefits of a remote solution answer some of the most important requirements of our AV partners and customers.
Our (IoT connection) Projector Management Suite platform is built to facilitate remote asset management. Monitor, diagnose and control – anywhere and anytime. The Management Suite dashboard gives real-time information on the operating and environmental conditions of the projectors for effective device analysis and proactive maintenance. You have all the tools available for prompt remote assistance before the projector even gets the chance to break down. It minimizes the downtime of your equipment, lowers time-consuming back-and-forth communication and eliminates unnecessary travel costs.
What is more, by using the Projector Management Suite API, the data can easily be combined with your own tools and current processes. And to conclude, we kept a very close eye on the security of our IoT solution to deliver a safe and worry-free platform. Be safe thanks to the encrypted communication and turn off connectivity at any moment in the device settings. You are in control! You can find more on the topic of security in this whitepaper.
Barco’s Projector Management Suite is available for our UDM and UDX series and is based on a subscription model with three levels: Monitor, Diagnose and Control. The first-level “Monitor” is automatically included for free in the purchase of your UDM or UDX projector for the first 2 years of usage (after registration). You can upgrade and extend your subscription whenever you want to benefit from the extra functionalities each level has to offer. You choose the package that serves your needs and budget.
Learn more about this revolutionary Projector Management Suite platform here.
In just over a year, the COVID-19 crisis has dramatically changed the way organisations in all sectors and regions do business and has fast-tracked tech adoption by years.
Beyond a doubt, to stay competitive in this new business and economic environment requires new strategies and practices. Utilising disruptive technologies to stay ahead of the curve is a foregone requirement. Not surprisingly, multiple studies show that government agencies and private sector industries have advanced the digitisation of their customer/citizen and supply-chain interactions, as well as their internal operations by three to four years.
With the accelerated change came the need for better surveillance and monitoring – in general, and on focused areas. Indeed, rapid digitalisation has changed the course of operations in terms of patrolling specific areas for any adverse incidents. In the past, keeping a check on a large area or community was tedious and challenging work for the government bodies of numerous countries. As technology advanced, the influence of digitalisation expanded exponentially. Various new technologies opened new avenues for the monitoring of these key areas.
Control rooms – View better, share faster, resolve quicker
The introduction of control rooms for crisis management is a great way to keep key target areas in check. Technologies like video walls, wireless presentation systems, video surveillance systems, network-based control systems and others help in surveying large chunks of areas seamlessly. Experts say that based on all these aspects, the control room solutions market will see significant growth across the forecast period of 2020-2030.
OpenGov Asia had the opportunity to speak exclusively to Jordan Heldrich, Global Segment Marketing Manager for Control Rooms at Barco to discuss how control rooms help organisations and industries both in their COVID-19 mitigation efforts as well as improving their overall business capabilities.
As a matter of perspective, a critical control room is a place where all information comes together to be analysed and interpreted, providing complete situational awareness. It is the central intelligence hub of the organisation and a vital location for operations.
Barco has over 20 years of experience in this market and offers a wide portfolio comprising overview video walls, professional-grade wall controllers, networked visualisation software, services and much more.
Jordan personally has robust experience in dealing with control rooms throughout her career. In her current role, Jordan is responsible for leading and growing Barco’s control room marketing department. She works with her team to lead the company’s commercial strategy and deliver great customer outcomes and sales growth. The global development of the control room business for Barco is also her focus.
Utilising control rooms amid the COVID-19 crisis
For Jordan, even before the pandemic, the focus on control rooms was already coming into play. COVID-19 just magnified and multiplied the need for it a thousand times more. Information became vital and urgent as safety and security were a priority.
However, with the rapid surge in information and digitalisation, control room adopters are struggling between information that is urgently needed and what is not. Multiple systems producing huge amounts of information create a major problem.
As a solution, organisations and industries have adjusted their internal operations to adapt and to fully utilise the control rooms in the new normal that are flooded with information. Jordan emphasised, “Control rooms played a big role in moving organizations from a reactive to a proactive role.”
In terms of dealing with the current pandemic, Jordan noted that governments across the globe had trouble reacting and knowing when to take immediate actions to a crisis of this magnitude. However, there is one thing prominent in the governments’ initiatives against COVID-19 – data. Having the information on hand makes it much easier for decision-makers to build plans. When agencies get real-time information constantly coming in, they can pivot easier and faster.
Jordan cited an example in the rise of healthcare operations centres which is a change for a lot of healthcare organisations whether it is hospitals or clinic. With the crisis, suddenly, control rooms were not just trying to maintain different network operations centres or security, but their whole operations overall such as the number of doctors available, patients’ journey from check in to discharge, availability of beds, oxygen, medication etc.
People needed to know these details on a minute-by-minute basis – to see which hospitals were full and which had available capacity. It was a literal life and death scenario. Control rooms helped bring all that information together to assist healthcare facilities to make decisions as well as provide real-time information to the public throughout the pandemic. Jordan shared that Barco continues to display all that information and seamlessly creating situational awareness which keeps communities smart and safe amid the ongoing crisis.
If an organisation has different programmes or systems, they do not necessarily have to be spread out over different computers. Barco allows these operators or analysts to control them from one monitor, one mouse and keep them all isolated for security if necessary.
Swift and secure content sharing beyond the control room
One thing that they have done in terms of control rooms at an operator level is starting to take that concept out of the control room itself with SecureStream. Barco’s SecureStream media streaming solution makes sharing content and video from the control room to external stakeholders (and vice versa) easy and secure. In addition to Barco’s TransForm N and CMS control room and collaboration products, SecureStream uses a very intuitive user interface. It allows control room operators to drag and drop video or data sources into a channel that can be pushed to field staff or external experts.
With the overview of available sources, control room operators can simply drag and drop content into a SecureStream channel and then provide the needed website link to the receivers. The content can be video, data, or even a customized layout of content. The remote end-user can use the web browser of his or her mobile device to view the shared content.
Jordan is excited, “Having information at different locations or not having access to all of your information can be very difficult, especially while trying to resolve a crisis. So, being able to share that real-time information using the Internet can be extremely helpful.”
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Jordan elaborated about Barco’s OpSpace, a single workspace consisting of several displays on the operator’s desk. It can be used for viewing, monitoring and interacting with multiple applications that reside on multiple networks with different security clearances or liability concerns. All relevant information can be accessed and manipulated within a single pixel space, with just one mouse and keyboard. In this way, the operator is at the centre of the information and has all information within easy reach.
OpSpace reduces the clutter and brings simplicity back to a user’s workflow, both on-screen and on the desk. Barco’s operator workspace solution integrates all applications into a single integrated workspace. With just one click, the user can call any application into view – reducing navigation time and greatly improving the overview of any situation. When transitioning from an old to a new application environment, OpSpace even allows the user to have both systems on the same screen, providing them the opportunity to get used to a new routine.
OpSpace is agnostic to source and network types and uses standard networking protocols. This makes adding new applications to workflows painless. Jordan said that OpSpace provides clean modernisation projects, allowing its users to easily add new and legacy systems to their workspace environment.
Barco works with organisations to make sure that all the key decision-makers have access to information that the control room provides whether it is 24/7 or just for certain projects. Depending on the organisation’s preferences and if they are willing to go that outside step to start bringing in information directly to their cell phones.
Designed with security at the heart
In terms of security, Jordan confirmed that they have put in a lot of time and effort towards securing the information gathered. She acknowledged that with the surge in digitalisation comes the associated rise in cyber threats and attacks. The world is seeing this more and Barco takes this very seriously. Barco strives to put in multi-level securities as much as possible. Jordan said, “it is a constant thing, security for us is not a one-time affair especially as new certifications and requirements emerge.”
Barco also strives to meet many necessary regulations and requirements across the world. They are consistently being tested by third-party cybersecurity entities for different vulnerabilities to make sure they a system that is up to date when it comes to security.
In closing, Jordan acknowledged that for government agencies and companies to continue to grow in the new normal, access to all the information through complete situational awareness must be in the picture and must be prioritised. She is positive that this is where the future is. Jordan concluded that with the changes brought by the pandemic, innovations that increased mobility unprecedently, situational awareness must be made accessible. More specifically via our smartphones for us to not just only churn out critical information, but also to receive the information more efficiently and effectively.
The internet is a way to unite a country made of over 7,000 islands. Not only is it a driver of change and a solution in the new normal for a slew of activities, but it is also a great business opportunity. Despite the significant challenges the implementation poses, a leading fibre company is taking up the gauntlet. They are one of several that is looking to take advantage of this booming market sector. in the Philippines.
Established as a provincial cable television operator, it has now evolved into the country’s sole pure ‘end-to-end fibre internet service provider for residential and corporate users and is currently expanding its coverage to the entire country. The construction of its P1-billion data centre in Cebu is expected to begin this year. In a statement, the company said the construction of a data centre in Cebu is part of its preparations to “serve the surge in the data requirements in Visayas and Mindanao amid its aggressive expansion in central and southern Philippines.”
The company’s CEO stated that the move was a strategic bet as it seeks to widen its presence across the Philippines and reach a target to cover more than half of the country’s households by 2025. In the next weeks, it intends to roll out in Talisay, Cordova, and Lapu-Lapu. The investment comes on top of the company’s domestic undersea cable project that will connect Visayas and Mindanao to its national fibre and distribution network.
With the domestic undersea cable project, Mindanao is now connected to its national fibre backbone with the landing last of its submarine cables in Cagayan de Oro earlier last week. The company landed its cables in the Visayas through San Remigio in Cebu province. For its national fibre backbone project, the company said that it is bringing world-class technologies used by market-leading countries in broadband like South Korea and Singapore.
With the fast connectivity, bringing the latest technologies to the country is an attainable goal, ultimately providing customers with a better internet experience. This is more pertinent at this time when many people are staying inside their homes for work, education, health services and needed transactions apart from entertainment and shopping.
The fibre-fast broadband services are seen as supporting the recovery of small, medium and large enterprises (SMEs) in the Visayas and Mindanao once launched in those regions this year. This data centre is also considered important, particularly for the Visayas, as demand for digital services and data requirements increases. While the company’s IDC services are expanding, customer demand is growing even faster — bandwidth demand has increased tenfold within two years, and traditional DCI systems in data centres are having trouble keeping up with the demands.
As smart cities flourish amidst rapid urbanisation and information and communication technology development, the demand for building more and more data centres is rising. Major corporations, establishments and governments need data centres as a mission-critical facility to enable countless electronic transactions to take place any minute of the day. Their functional importance ranges from health, transport, payment, etc., all the way to entertainment activities.
Internet usage and social media trends have increased the demand for faster internet networks and data centres to store data generated by them. Internet penetration is one of the strongest drivers for the data centre market in Southeast Asia. Social media usage among consumers and digital transformation by enterprises across industry verticals are other major factors promoting data centre growth.
Over the next five years, the data centre market across Asia will eclipse that of the US. New data centres will be built, new fibre communications links established, and lots of high-value jobs created.
In this era where public and private sectors are going through rapid digital transformation, gathering huge amounts of data is critical to better decision-making. Understanding the connections between data sets and deriving meaning is essential to deriving actionable insights. However, collecting data and analysing it manually is not practical or feasible as the volumes are far too massive for humans to handle.
However, significant insights do not necessarily mean gathering new data; insights can be drawn from existing data by reframing the problem and visualising it differently – such as a graph.
Unlike most other ways of looking at data, graphs are designed to express relatedness. Graph databases can uncover patterns that are difficult to detect using traditional representations such as tables. An increasing number of companies are using graph databases to solve a variety of connected data problems.
Neo4j is a native graph database platform that provides connections and relationships between data to provide relevant context and actionable insights for organisations and communities. Different from traditional databases, which tend to merely collect data by arranging them in rows, columns and tables, Neo4j has a flexible structure defined by stored relationships between data records. By using graph databases, organisations can leverage data relationships to generate competitive advantage and significant business insights for different purposes from fraud detection to identity and access management.
OpenGov Asia had the opportunity to speak exclusively to Nik Vora, Vice President of Asia-Pacific at Neo4j. Nik has over 12 years of experience in the tech industry and started working at Neo4j as the company was looking to expand its business to APAC regions. In his current role, he leads the APAC business to establish solutions for organisations and communities to view the connections and relationships amongst a large amount of data for better decision-making.
While the COVID-19 pandemic has certainly slowed down the pace of most businesses, the crisis also accelerated digital transformation and forced both public and private sectors to adapt to the new normal through tech adoption. As most projects hinge on data, organisations across the spectrum have evolved to capture a massive amount of data from the citizens or customers.
For Nik, capturing data is only the first part of the solution. The next step is making sense of the data to gain insights that can intelligently inform action. Neo4j enables customers to incrementally achieve a variety of outcomes using the context and the relationship of the data available to them.
In the banking sector, traditional methods of fraud detection are inadequate to identify increasingly sophisticated fraudsters. Bad cyber actors have developed a variety of ways to elude discovery, both by working together and by leveraging various other means of constructing false identities.
Neo4j helps better detect fraud as graph databases offer new methods of exposing rings and other sophisticated scams with a high degree of accuracy, and are also capable of stopping advanced fraud scenarios in real-time.
Three of the most damaging types of fraud are first-party bank fraud, insurance fraud and e-commerce fraud. While these are three entirely different types of fraud, they all have one very important thing in common – a deception that relies upon layers of misdirection that can be uncovered through connected analysis. In each of these examples, graph databases offer a significant opportunity to augment existing methods of fraud detection, making evasion substantially more difficult.
At the same time, Neo4j can be used to significantly shorten a bank account opening process from days to less than 30 minutes. Their technology completely changes e-banking as it accelerates the process, provides convenience without compromising security. Neo4j ensures all security checks for the customers before someone has access to the banking system.
In the public sector, Neo4j assists law enforcement and immigration as well as aiding governments in their smart nation strategy. Currently, governments are predominantly using Neo4j for COVID-19 contact tracing – stopping the spread of contagion requires connections of data from a multitude of different sectors.
In contact tracing, providing an easy interface to visualise data can help public health officers understand transmission chains and accelerate the process (contact tracing). Neo4j initially focuses on data modelling, remaining as close as possible to the fundamentals of the disease and its environment.
At the same time, governments can use these connections of data to understand their citizens to promote skill improvement in this digital era. Neo4j provides solutions to a wide variety of problems that deal with connections.
As a real example of how the company gives solutions in the public domain, Nik elaborated their involvement in the Panama Papers. A lot of the findings were orchestrated by a global network of investigative journalists who had access to 11.5 million documents. The key was to uncover connections among those documents to reveal secrets that were possibly not in the public domain.
However, human resources were inadequate to effectively analyse the connections of 11.5 million documents. Neo4j provided the journalists with an interface to connect all documents and make the connections visible – which made the investigation far more productive.
Neo4j can help anti-money laundering programmes as graph technology can be used to deliver a holistic view of the various entities involved in financial crime and the relationships between these entities and expose hidden, fraudulent connections. Sophisticated technologies have been adopted to give the alert for potential money-laundering activities, but the investigation is still done manually.
Nik explained that Neo4j utilises data from the existing technology, accepts all the alerts and finds deep context of how all the data connected. As a result, the false-positive cases of money laundering have been cut in half and there is far more accuracy in determining genuine cases. This improves efficiency as agents can process the most likely cases instead of wasting time on wild goose chases.
Another example of Neo4j prowess is its application in auto racing cars. Their prerace preparation offers a simulation of likely scenarios – as there are millions of possible combinations of what could happen, car companies use the concept of digital twins to visualise possibilities. Other sectors, including oil and gas companies and major supply-chain organisations, simulate their entire business as a digital twin using applications built primarily on Neo4j. Neo4j has a rich ecosystem of partner tech companies whose purpose is to built visualisation.
Neo4j currently has tremendous global demand, but APAC operations are unprecedented due to the high number of systems, devices and people in the region. Over the last five years, the centre of innovation is heavily moving towards the Asia Pacific. For the next 12 months, Neo4j aims to cater to its customers’ demands and tackle increasingly complex challenges in real-time.
In closing, Nik emphasised the importance of open source to Neo4j as it directly leads to a position of responsibility and benefit of skills and training. The company focuses on skill enablement across APAC. They want to ensure developers have access to the newest and the best in the use cases to be able to generate ideas and prototypes for businesses.
As the world adopts more advanced technologies, Neo4j will focus on empowering developers, universities and schools to ensure more people are aware of the power, versatility and effectiveness of graph database platforms.
By 2035, electric vehicles are expected to account for more than half of all new vehicle sales worldwide, however, demand will vary greatly by country. This game-changing, ecologically friendly technology is only now beginning to emerge as a serious influence in Indonesia.
Nonetheless, Indonesia is seriously pursuing this option and is currently developing electric vehicles to deploy nationwide. All motorcycles sold from 2040 will be electric-powered, while all new cars sold from 2050 will be electric vehicles (EVs), said Arifin Tasrif, Minister for Energy & Mineral Resources.
Dadan Kusdiana, Director-general of renewables at the ministry clarified that the nation does not “have any policy to stop the usage of internal combustion engines” but wants to push “the utilisation of electric vehicles, with incentives”.
Indonesia has long struggled with suffocating urban air pollution, with the country’s congested capital Jakarta frequently ranking among the region’s most polluted cities. Industry, in general, is responsible for the highest contribution, accounting for 37%. It is closely followed by transportation (27%) and energy and heat-generation (27%). The largest driver of overall GHG emissions is CO2 emissions from fuel combustion.
Emissions have increased significantly since 1990, reaching a high of 581 MtCO2 in 2019. As of 2019, Indonesia’s automotive industry organisation reported that the country had over 15 million cars and 112 million motorcycles on its roadways. In light of the severe pollution issues and national goals, Jakarta announced a target this year to make the country carbon-neutral, including a plan to retire all coal-powered plants by 2056.
A move towards EVs also supports Indonesia’s ambitious plans of becoming a global hub for production, as the country ramps up the processing of its rich supplies of nickel laterite ore used in lithium batteries.
An article from OpenGov Asia reports that Indonesia plans to roll out new regulations that offer tax breaks for hybrid EVs, in the latest effort to promote the development of electric vehicles in the country. In a meeting with Parliament, Indonesian Finance Minister Sri Mulyani said that investors who build electric cars in Indonesia feel that the current framework is unfair as there is no difference in the tax rates between hybrid and fully electric cars.
While battery-powered EVs continue to be exempted from the luxury tax, the plug-in hybrid EV will see an increase to 5% from 0%. Full and mild hybrid types will be taxed at a rate of 6% to 12%, from a previous range of 2% to 12%. Additionally, the government will provide tax holiday incentives for up to 10 years if EV manufacturers make at least an IDR 5 trillion (USD 346.2 million) investment in the country.
According to research, about 15,000 electric vehicles (mainly motorbikes) were sold in 2019, accounting for less than 0.2% of total vehicle sales. All automobiles emit significant life cycle emissions, which are difficult to calculate. Nevertheless, because most pollutants are lower for electricity generation than for burning gasoline or diesel, EVs typically emit fewer life cycle emissions than conventional vehicles.
In another article, Indonesia’s homegrown ride-hailing giant said it would try to make every car and motorcycle on its platform an electric vehicle by 2030. The Jakarta-based firm is in discussion to help Indonesia’s electric vehicle industry develop, including how to establish infrastructures like battery swap and charging stations.
Electrifying the transport sector could boost gross domestic product by Rp 400-500 trillion (US$ 28-35 billion) by 2030 in the accelerated scenario, with the driving force being a localised manufacturing and supply chain. This would require the coordinated support of Indonesia’s regulators and state-owned enterprises all along the value chain.
Although the adoption of electric vehicles in Indonesia is still in its early stages, the potential for beneficial economic and environmental effects is immense. To establish a local EV ecosystem with the capacity to reshape environments and economies, a collaboration between government stakeholders, state-owned firms, and the private sector will be important. Indonesia’s leaders can boost the economy while still advancing crucial climate goals by encouraging consumer adoption and strengthening the industry.
Leander Werbrouck (Global Director, Product Management Surgical Imaging) has been active for 15+ years in various technology and manufacturing industries, making him a tech-savvy entrepreneur with extensive product and marketing experience. Leander joined Barco’s Entertainment market team in early 2018, taking the lead on the professional AV segments with a clear mission to enable Barco’s customers and industry partners to easily operate and more efficiently create immersive experiences and visitor attractions.
In 2020, Leander accepted a new opportunity stepping into the healthcare market as head of the global product management for Barco’s Surgical Imaging business. Together with the team, his focus is on driving the business to innovation and sustainable growth and enabling better healthcare outcomes.
Instant access to everything: information, data, … people
“Instant access” is an adage our entire society lives by, ever since the internet took the idea and made it a reality. On a personal level, friends, shops, music and movies are just a click away. For healthcare professions, electronic patient records and enterprise imaging realise uniform patient files and make it easier to share images in multiple formats within an organisation.
These examples illustrate instant access to information and data, but the Covid-19 crisis proved that connecting to people is just as valuable, if not even more so. People come with more than just factual information or data: they add expertise, experience and a human touch to medical problems. As a result, telemedicine has been boosted in a whole range of ways.
Remote collaboration as a game-changer in surgery
The idea of remote surgical work was originally closely connected to robotic surgery, which has been around for several decades. The concept of ‘telesurgery’ describes the possibility of executing surgeries remotely, with the surgeon and the patient being in different places. The surgeon controls a robot that is with the patient in the OR, and in this way executes the procedure from a distance. The world’s first remote surgery was completed in 2001, a laparoscopic cholecystectomy on a patient in France, performed via a robot by a surgical team in New York.
The idea was that surgeries could be done in this way for areas that are difficult to reach, such as remote rural places, warzones or even on astronauts in space. Still, there are some challenges to robotic telesurgeries, such as a delay in transfer time (referred to as latency), and the absence of haptic feedback. For both, technology is getting better at speeding up transfer times and simulating tactile feedback.
Why virtual representation is perfect for the OR of today and tomorrow
Still, there is more to remote surgery than robotic telesurgery. The question is not always whether the surgeon can reach the patient, sometimes it is about the surgeon being with the patient in the OR, but without access to the experience, they need. Or students being unable to observe a surgery in the actual operating theatre, because it is too far away or because they’re too large in number. In those cases, the surgeon is physical with the patient, but they could use ‘instant access to people who are not there.
Remote work is everywhere already, so why could it not be used in surgery? The situations that lend themselves for it are plentiful:
- Surgeons could consult experts when necessary.
- Novice surgeons could get remote guidance from more experienced colleagues.
- Students could attend more types of interventions, in bigger numbers than what is possible in the physical OR (and each of them getting a front-row seat).
- New technologies and surgical material could be assessed as it’s being used, live.
- Sales representatives from medical device companies could give remote demos, or virtually ‘scrub in’ and accompany the surgeon when they’re using new material for the first time.
- Important surgeries could be conferenced live for an audience.
A virtual presence solution for the OR does away with some of the hassles that come with travel, strict planning, physical restrictions in the OR, and the need to learn to use new technologies and devices quickly.
In short, remote collaboration during surgery offers surgeons a flexible environment for support, consultation and teaching, when and where they need it. Just like office workers hold hybrid meetings with colleagues, and airports and ports offer communication support for pilots and captains, surgeons can use collaboration solutions to maximise their outcomes.
With NexxisLive, you can involve the right people for any type of intervention, wherever they are. Telestration, teleassistance, teleconferencing, and telementoring: the platform expands your OR, virtually and securely, with real-time video and high-quality audio.
Increase your surgical performance with excellent video quality, minimal latency and capturing options. Whether you are consulting experts, educating students or assisting with technical equipment, you can rely on real-time images, remote communication and bi-directional annotation options designed with the surgeon in mind. It is a flexible platform for any hospital size and any type of surgery.
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When COVID-19 took the world by storm, it forced everyone to an unprecedented pause. Pivoting became the operative word, with ad-hoc solutions and band-aid measures the need of the hour. What was deemed impossible had to turn into a reality and what was once unlikely became an everyday event.
The adjustment to the new normal was not easy, especially for the healthcare sector that had to adapt overnight – both in the private and the public sectors. Health organisations across the globe faced supply, staff and support shortages for months on end even as they struggled to provide efficient and effective care for patients, frontline workers and their staff.
Truth be told, there is no going back to the old ways. The future of healthcare is here and now. For the healthcare sector, experts say that the new normal comes with an increased focus on technology-driven solutions to better predict patient outcomes and increase consumer connectivity. The sector has to embrace evolving telehealth expectations and defend the next generation of medical IT infrastructure
OpenGov Asia had the opportunity to speak exclusively to Dr Rachel Coxon, Vice President of the Healthcare Division, Barco, NV Belgium’s Asia-Pacific Operations. Rachel is a veteran business leader with over 14 years of experience in building and growing both large and medium-sized organisations in the healthcare industry. In her current role at Barco, Rachel leads the healthcare segment to establish commercial strategy, build strong cross-functional relationships with internal and external customers, lead teams and deliver business results.
The current pandemic has forced a rapid development of technology, particularly innovation that helps social distancing, monitoring and tracking. Barco aims to develop technology to improve healthcare, including enhancing patient care and efficiency. Rachel emphasises the importance of having a complete understanding of different aspects of technologies in healthcare, such as information technology (IT) and cybersecurity.
Digital technologies in healthcare have been permeating all aspects and all departments in a hospital and healthcare. From common and well-known technologies such as video consultation, electronic health record and electronic test results to more advanced ones such as teleradiology – digital health tries to address as many areas of patient care as possible.
Barco is known for creating best-in-class diagnostic display systems that boost diagnostic accuracy and workflow efficiency that in turn, instils radiologists with a high degree of reading confidence. Teleradiology encompasses obtaining the medical image from the patient through X-ray or MRI followed by sending the image and then viewing the image for diagnostic or consultation purposes. As the demand in teleradiology escalated, the company has developed and manufactured the diagnostic displays that enable a radiologist to view the image anywhere.
Proprietary remote radiology reading solutions ensure dependable imaging when radiologists are working outside the hospital walls. Built on an innovative graphics box, this solution has been designed to ensure the same level of quality, security and performance radiologists get from medical workstations inside the hospital reading room.
Barco’s deep expertise in image processing can be applied to many fields. Image processing forms the basis of teleradiology and how to manage the images or videos in an operating room. Nexxis is Barco’s video-over-IP platform for the integrated digital operating room. This unique technology platform has been specifically designed for the integration of audio and video sources in the digital OR. Every part of the solution has been designed and approved for use in a surgical environment.
Nexxis integrates high resolution, uncompressed medical images that are presented with pixel-perfect precision and it meets every requirement of any surgical procedure. The solution also enables fast and lag-free transmission or routing of images, audios and videos. Medical images can be streamed in, between, and outside operating rooms in real-time. Certified as a medical device (CE/FDA), the technology is fit for use in the interventional operating room.
Nexxis has multiple different options, such as the recently-launched product called NexxisLive which is a cloud-based solution for remote surgical collaborations. This technology enables teleconsultation in surgery. While the surgery is ongoing, the surgeon can consult with an expert surgeon who is in another location; so the remote surgeon can view the high-quality video in real-time.
Surgeons can also annotate and write on the video to point out key aspects. In addition, NexxisLive enables remote teaching. Students from different locations can dial in and view the surgery in real-time, facilitating the study of multiple surgery cases remotely.
Another exciting example of a technological application in healthcare is the use of image processing expertise in dermatology. Demetra from Barco is a groundbreaking multispectral digital imaging platform for a skin examination. Demetra identifies unusual image patterns to detect skin cancer and precancerous lesions.
Traditionally, a dermatologist will look at someone’s skin and the assessment will be subjective and static. People can get conflicting diagnoses and results of their skin conditions from different dermatologists consulted at different times. Misdiagnosis and inaccuracies often occur using the current way of assessing skin. Demetra captures images, reads and stores them. This allows a dermatologist to see any subtle skin changes. The U.S. and several European countries have adopted Demetra, and Rachel aims to bring this technology to Asia-Pacific.
As a medical device manufacturer, Barco is concerned with user safety and security. They are always up-to-date with medical device regulations in the countries they serve. Compliance with the latest regulations includes cybersecurity and data usage. When Barco designs a medical device, they view the design requirements and the needs from three areas – clinical aspect, user-friendliness and resource efficiency.
The vision is to create medical devices that improve patients’ outcomes, enhance the quality of diagnosis, boost the devices’ comfort for clinicians. Medical devices need to increase the efficiency of hospital resources and enable a quicker and more accurate diagnosis.
In closing, Rachel emphasised the need for those who work in healthcare to be exposed to more technology-related topics. In the current era, education in IT and cybersecurity is more necessary than ever. Rachel encourages everyone including vendors, clinicians, even patients to learn more about digital health as this area is no longer only the realm of IT and tech experts.
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