As of the end of 2022, China has built over 2.3 million 5G base stations, covering 560 million users. However, due to various factors, the landing and application of 5G in the industry is not common. Taking the medical industry as an example, due to the lack of a unified network technology system for various medical devices, the doubling of construction costs and increased complexity of operation and maintenance brought about by multi network construction has become a core pain point for many hospitals to struggle with the transition to 5G.
Steady on the first 5G
Triple network integration is key
Ningbo First Hospital was founded in 1913 and is a top tier tertiary hospital in Ningbo, with an average annual outpatient and emergency volume of over 2.4 million people. Under the guidance of the “Fourteenth Five Year Plan” for the Development of Ningbo Health Industry, Ningbo First Hospital has also started a Digital transformation based on network transformation.
Ningbo First Hospital has its own network “basic network”: in order to implement the spirit of the “Notice of the General Office of the National Development and Reform Commission on Organizing the Implementation of the 2020 New Infrastructure Construction Project (Broadband Network and 5G Field)”, Ningbo First Hospital has completed the construction of a 5G private network architecture, aiming to combine the advantages and capabilities of 5G in business latency, outdoor coverage, and continuously explore 5G+emergency treatment The application of 5G+remote diagnosis, 5G+telemedicine, 5G+remote intensive care and other directions has paved the way for the hospital to strive for industry leadership.
However, in the current situation where Wi Fi and IoT devices still have a large amount of practical business value, a simple 5G deployment solution is difficult to meet business needs. The integration and development of Wi Fi and IoT with 5G as the core is a practical choice for Ningbo First Hospital. However, during the selection process of the plan, the hospital found that “three networks” were easy to obtain, while “integration” was difficult to achieve.
As the holder of the 14 year laurel in the enterprise wireless market, Xinhua San, with its profound understanding of user needs and prediction of the 5G trend, has laid out relevant technologies for the integration of the “5G+Wi Fi+Internet of Things” three networks in advance under the subsidiary of Ziguang Co., Ltd. Xinhua San Group. With the assistance of Xinhua Third Group, Ningbo First Hospital took the lead in achieving the integration of 5G, Wi Fi, and IoT networking, which is compatible with existing devices and business systems, and also paves the way for the implementation of a large number of medical “5G+” businesses in the future. As a result, Ningbo First Hospital has also taken the opportunity to become an explorer and breaker in the field of 5G application in domestic hospitals.
Product simplification and strong management
Xinhua Three Assists Ningbo First Hospital in Practicing “Three Networks in One”
The three network integration solution of Xinhua Three Group utilizes a combination of 5G CPE, wireless network controller, IoT network management, and Oasis IoT platform to achieve true three network integration, unified management, and wireless networking. And Xinhua San is also the only enterprise in the entire bidding process that can provide these key capabilities.
Three networks in one, one device carrying multiple networks:
Xinhua San 5G CPE provides Fit AP capability, which can achieve Wi Fi 6 standard network coverage throughout the hospital; At the same time, the hospital can also establish IoT with different standards such as BLE, 433MHz, and 125KHz by attaching IoT gateways and gateway sub cards under 5G CPE. Therefore, the hospital is able to complete the network formation of three networks in one using two devices (5G CPE, IoT gateway) and sub cards.
Wireless IoT platform, unified application hosting and management:
The plan provides a unified management platform for 5G, Wi Fi, and the Internet of Things within the hospital, and the three networks and one platform management model can also significantly reduce the workload and cost of network management and operation for the hospital.
When facing 5G and Wi Fi networks, the platform can provide dual stack support for IPv4 and IPv6, and can provide cloud, network, and end-to-end network operation and maintenance capabilities. As a result, the hospital is not only able to uniformly manage multiple wards under its umbrella, but also able to formulate corresponding network access policies and QoS based on user roles, achieving refined management, operation, security, and business experience.
When managing the Internet of Things, the platform can provide fast implementation and management functions for IoT network management, sub cards, and devices. On the basis of the five layer security management functions of hardware, system, data, communication, and application, the platform also supports third-party partners to develop new IoT devices and sub cards to meet the constantly changing medical business needs.
After the deployment of this plan was completed, it received unanimous recognition from the industry. In September 2022, Ningbo First Hospital successfully passed the fifth grade interconnection evaluation organized by the National Health Statistics Information Center, representing the highest level of interconnection evaluation among hospitals in Zhejiang Province. At the same time, the hospital has developed a full service hospital robot intelligent logistics platform based on 5G communication and positioning technology, which has also been awarded the “Top 10 Excellent Cases of IoT Application in Chinese Hospitals” at the 4th National Hospital IoT Conference and highly recognized in the industry.
Integrating 5G, WI-FI, and the Internet of Things
Integrate into a broader digital innovation platform
Gartner pointed out in its latest report “Key Strategic Technology Trends 2023” that wireless networks will no longer be limited to providing connectivity, but will directly provide business value: transforming from a communication technology to a broader digital innovation platform.
To achieve the implementation of wireless value, it means having an integrated network to carry the use of different devices to create value beyond communication. The integration plan of the three networks is the result of Xinhua Three Group’s implementation of this concept.
In the future, under the guidance of the “cloud intelligence native” strategy, Xinhuasan will help Baixing and Baiye customers gain more direct benefits from Digital transformation through the integration of multiple underlying network technology systems and the new generation of intelligent technology.