Adtran and Ting Internet perform smart gigabit magic for in-home healthcare

Created October 3, 2017
Applications and Research

Adtran partner Ting Internet works with Mid-Atlantic Gigabit Innovation Collaboratory (“MAGIC”) to boost healthcare delivery via FTTH and “smart home” tech.

Adtran, a developer of next-gen, open networking solutions, has announced that through its Enabling Communities, Connecting Lives program, it is enabling Ting Internet to deliver gigabit connectivity throughout its Mid-Atlantic and Southeast territory, in the US.

Through a project with the Mid-Atlantic Gigabit Innovation Collaboratory (MAGIC) Smart Homes in Westminster, Maryland, Ting is helping to provide gigabit broadband to two MAGIC Smart Homes for individuals living with disabilities in Carroll County.

The MAGIC Smart Homes will have sensors installed to collect health measurements, as well as behavioural data that will help health specialists work out how to improve quality of life and ensure safety.

Dr. Robert Wack of MAGIC commented, “Ting Internet’s and Adtarn’s roles in helping to develop a scalable fibre network to Westminster (Maryland) ensure that the routing of this health data is secure, reliable and instantaneous.”

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The MAGIC Smart Home project aims to combine telemedicine and patient data collected to decrease emergency department visits, unplanned medical appointments and staff time spent on non-scheduled medical care for fragile-health populations.

“As we continue to expand our service area, having the opportunity to witness first-hand how gigabit speeds can impact an individual’s quality of life in every aspect has been eye-opening,” said Adam Eisner, VP of networks at Ting Internet.

“The applications that are benefiting from gigabit speeds continue to push the limits and do what traditionally was thought to be unachievable. The lives that the MAGIC Smart Home project is improving are proof of how broadband transforms communities.”

If required, a secure connection across the network supports a video-enabled physician visit without patients needing to leave their homes. The system also provides administrative support to staff while still performing typical smart home functions with mechanical system and appliance management.

“Communities are transformed when high-speed internet enters their city limits, and the benefits to education and business are certainly impactful. This use case also delves into new territory,” said Brian Efimetz, senior director of sales for SP North at Adtran.

“Providing the broadband access to support the level of connected sensors and devices necessary to monitor and ultimately improve patients’ health – that is very exciting to be a part of.”

Matthew Peach

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by Matthew Peach

Matthew Peach is a freelance technology journalist specialising in photonics and communications. He has previously worked for several business-to-business publishers, editing a range of high-tech magazines and websites.