A 5G Virtual Office provides (secure) access to a specific set of corporate services without any restriction to the coverage range or proximity. A 5G device can communicate with any other device member of the 5G Virtual Office from anywhere there is 5G coverage, including both indoors and outdoors. For the particular case of a hospital as considered in the project, the main application is that hospital professionals or patients do not have to be in the same location to access files, databases, or other office equipment, allowing the flexibility to work remotely (e.g., paramedics accessing the hospital database and retrieving patient medical file on the go. video conferencing diagnosis), including from a patient premise or other off-site location.
Nowadays hospitals feature a various degree of devices, equipment and machinery, ranging from patient’s bio-sensors, such as pacemakers; office equipment such as printers, personal computers, scanners, internal voice system communication, medical records databases, etc.; and outdoors vehicles, such as ambulances carrying patients or deployed doctors on the patient premises. It is a complex problem to provide a common connectivity domain that would allow these devices to interact and communicate to each other seamlessly, yet securely.
FUDGE-5G will leverage the unified eSBA to provide a 5G Virtual Office for a hospital. The Virtual Office will feature a unified all-Ethernet access domain where devices are agnostic to the connected access network (5G, WiFi, fixed Ethernet), exploiting all the security and isolation provided by current LAN solutions. The FUDGE-5G Platform can have multiple components prepared and tailored for each kind of device it must serve, customizing the resources, which part of the network they are deployed or other lifecycle parameters. As an example, an improved location NF deployed dynamically on the edge to get ambulances fleet location in real time.