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P. Ranaweera, M. Liyanage and A. D. Jurcut, "Novel MEC Based Approaches for Smart Hospitals to Combat COVID-19 Pandemic," in IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 80-91, 1 March 2021, doi: 10.1109/MCE.2020.3031261

Novel MEC based approaches for smart hospitals to combat COVID-19 pandemic

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Author: Ranaweera, Pasika1; Liyanage, Madhusanka1,2; Jurcut, Anca Delia1
Organizations: 1School of Computer Science, University College Dublin, Ireland
2Centre for Wireless Communications, University of Oulu, Finland
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Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2021
Publish Date: 2020-11-17


COVID-19 or Coronavirus has thrilled the entire world population with uncertainty over their survival and well-being. The impact this pathogen has caused over the globe has been profound due to its unique transmission features; that urges for contact-less strategies to interact and treat the infected. The impending 5G mobile technology is immersing the applications that enable the provisioning of medical and healthcare services in a contact-less manner. The edge computing paradigms offer a de-centralized and versatile networking infrastructure capable of adhering to the novel demands of 5G. In this article, we are considering Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) flavour of the edge paradigms for realizing the contact-less approaches that assist the mediation of COVID-19 and the future of healthcare. In order to formulate this ideology, we propose three use cases and discuss their implementation in the MEC context. Further, the requirements for launching these services are provided. Additionally, we validate our proposed approaches through simulations.

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Series: IEEE consumer electronics magazine
ISSN: 2162-2248
ISSN-E: 2162-2256
ISSN-L: 2162-2248
Volume: 10
Issue: 2
Pages: 80 - 91
DOI: 10.1109/MCE.2020.3031261
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 213 Electronic, automation and communications engineering, electronics
Funding: This work is party supported by European Union in RESPONSE 5G (Grant No: 789658) and Academy of Finland in 6Genesis (grant no. 318927) projects.
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 318927
Detailed Information: 318927 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
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