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SCOTTY Telemedicine for the German MOD: Tele-Ultrasound Examinations Become a Reality

Translated from



Emergency Medicine with a Built-in Safety System



Cochem, October 15, 2018


“Soldiers who are wounded, injured, or ill on duty should receive the same medical care abroad as at home.”  In order to follow this medical service maxim, medical and technical expertise must be available in every country of deployment – a logistical and financial challenge which telemedicine, as an effective alternative and supplement, helps to solve.


Test run of the transmission of ultrasound examinations through telemedicine. (Source: Medical Service Bundeswehr / David Jäckel)


In a pilot project in July of this year, doctors of the Medical Support Center Cochem tested tele-medical support within the Bundeswehr’s operational areas.  Together with the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt “DLR”), they tested a new data compression method which can transmit ultrasound examinations.  As an extension of a videoconferencing system already in use, it is possible to have experienced colleagues use the system to “look over the shoulders” of personnel on site and thus significantly increase the quality of difficult examinations.  This system is capable of real-time transmission in high quality at low bandwidths.  Picture and sound quality is excellent, the required bandwidth is normally available during deployment.


Expertise worldwide


“Our doctors carrying out missions bear a considerable responsibility for the initial care of members of the armed forces”, says chief doctor Michael Neuhoff, head of the medical support headquarters in Cochem.  Tele-medical procedures have long been used on naval vessels and in land-based operations although technical factors often set limits on medical consultation.  In rural areas, for example, the available bandwidth is low in contrast to the high amounts of data needed to be transmitted.


Test locally, use globally

Real-time transmission test of an ultrasound examination with the new data compression method. (Source: Medical Service Bundeswehr / David Jäckel)


In a pilot project, specialists of the medical supply center Cochem, which is responsible for regional medical service provisions for Bundeswehr sites in Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland, act as the experts (this task will then be assumed by specialists at Bundeswehr hospitals) and young military doctors at the Kastellaun and Daun sites take on the role of deployed medical personnel seeking advice on their examination.  “Not only the transfer of expertise to the country of operation is an advantage of this compression method, the different levels of experience available in country can be compensated in real time, too.” expanded Dr. Neuhoff.  “Thus, in this first test round, within a few minutes, a cardiologist from the Bundeswehr Hospital in faraway Hamburg was able to remotely help a young female medical officer to evaluate cardiac echo”.


Further tests planned


The data compression method is intended to enable faster access of expertise in telemedicine. (Source: Medical Service Bundeswehr / David Jäckel)


In the second phase of testing in the fourth quarter of this year, implementation will be re-tested together with the Bundeswehr Hospital in Hamburg.  As a reference house for all seagoing units of the Navy, the hospital is very interested in telemedicine at low bandwidth.  This will be followed by testing with the military doctor at the Mission Enhanced Forward Presence in Lithuania where German soldiers are also on duty.  Those responsible also want to test around the clock accessibility.


“The basis of this transmission technology was developed by the same company that provided our current telemedicine equipment.  The transmission takes place securely with NATO-standard encryption so that here we only need to update the equipment”, comments Dr. Med. Neuhoff on the solution which will soon be introduced nationwide.  Politicians have also expressed interest in the technology; telemedicine could be a way to address the threat of civil health care supply bottlenecks in rural areas.

Honeywell Aspire 200 with SCOTTY SCP Gets Black Hawk STC

SCOTTY is proud to announce that their audio, video, and data transmission unit, the SCP (SCOTTY Communication Platform) is part of a new Honeywell Aspire 200 STC (Supplemental Type Certificate) for Black Hawk helicopters.  The Aspire 200 is an Inmarsat Swift BroadBand system offering duplex satellite communication for helicopters.   This STC will make it easier for Black Hawk owners to install this solution and benefit from beyond line-of-sight communication and live HD video surveillance transmission.


Above and below: the Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk at the HAI Heli Expo Las Vegas (Feb 26-Mar 01, 2018) with antenna (above) and SatCom rack (below).

Please also refer to Honeywell’s post here.

SCOTTY Re-certified

SCOTTY is happy to announce that they have now renewed their quality management certification by obtaining the latest ISO and EN certificates: ISO 9001:2015 and EN 9100:2016.

ISO 9001:2015 assures conformity of customer requirements and a working quality management system.   The EN 9100:2016 is the European standard certificate of quality management for organizations in the aerospace and defense industries.

SCOTTY Lands Contract for Government Maritime and Portable Communication

SCOTTY is happy to announce that they have landed a large contract to provide HD video transmission systems to a Southeast Asian government.  The project, which was developed together with a local partner, consists of maritime and portable audio, video, and data communication units connected to Thuraya satellite systems, as well as portable RF video line-of-sight transmission systems.  This is the first of a series of tactical video equipment SCOTTY plans to deliver to this Southeast Asian government in the next few months.



For more information on our solutions, please contact SCOTTY Group Austria at office@scottygroup.com

SCOTTY and Paradigm Introduce Portable HD Video SatComms Kit at the DSEI 2017

SCOTTY Group Austria and Paradigm Communication Systems Ltd. are now offering a package of portable equipment for video communication over satellite.  The solution, which comprises of the SCOTTY Mobile HD unit and Paradigm’s SWARM45 satellite terminal, offers live duplex HD video over VSAT networks such as Inmarsat GX.  This convenient package can be deployed in 90 seconds for audio, video, and data communication as well as remote video surveillance.

Click here to download the pdf.

The SCOTTY/Paradigm Portable HD Video SatComms kit will be on display at the 2017 DSEI, in London from September 12 to 15 at stand N9-501.

For more information on the SCOTTY Mobile HD, click here.

For more information on the products including SWARM45, click here.

Mobile and Swarm45

SCOTTY Teams with SMP Aviation, Cobham, and SRT Wireless to Provide Airborne Satcom over the Thuraya Satellite Network.

SCOTTY Group Austria is proud to announce its involvement in the recently introduced Thuraya Aero service.  SCOTTY, together with SRT Wireless, manufactures the airborne satellite modem for SMP Aviation, provider of this new Thuraya airborne service.  With SCOTTY’s hardware connected to a Cobham Thuraya aero antenna, beyond line-of-sight IP connectivity of up to 444 kbits per second is possible. Typical applications include airborne real-time video surveillance, VIP communication, and telemedicine.  The Thuraya Aero service offers the advantage of light-weight, easy to install equipment which works in all kinds of weather and at very reasonable airtime pricing.

More information on this new service can be found under www.smp-aviation.com or www.thuraya.com/services/thuraya-aero

SCOTTY Tele-Med Integrated into a “Connected Ambulance” for the Arab Health Exhibition and Congress

SCOTTY Group Austria, Thuraya Telecommunications Company, and AVM Auto Engineering LLC introduce a “Connected Ambulance” at this year’s Arab Health Exhibition & Congress, in Dubai from January 30th to February 2nd.

SCOTTY, offering its advanced audio, video, and data communication from the moving vehicle to the hospital, enables paramedics to share real time vital signs info, transmit live video of the patient, and receive life-saving instructions from doctors.  Thuraya, with its on-the-move IP over satellite system provides the link and AVM Auto Engineering integrated the system onto their ambulance.  This “Connected Ambulance” provides, while underway, specialized remote support for paramedics and enables hospitals to prepare for incoming emergencies.  The vehicle is on display all week with regular live demonstrations to SCOTTY headquarters in Austria scheduled throughout the show – stand number OS.A25

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SCOTTY and Thuraya Employees in front of AVM Auto Engineering “Connected Ambulance” with on the move tele-medical capabilities over satellite.

See www.scottygroup.com for more information on SCOTTY Group Austria GmbH.

See www.thuraya.com for more on Thuraya Telecommunications Company.

See www.autoribeiro.com for more on  AVM Auto Engineering LLC and their mother company, Auto Ribeiro Lda.

SCOTTY Introduces Portable Ground Station, “SCOTTY Mobile HD”

The SCOTTY Mobile HD has been designed to be both a portable surveillance video receive station and a video communication system. This battery-operated unit includes SCOTTY’s HD video codec, a Windows computer, and a convenient interface panel for peripherals. It can perform interactive audio, video, and data communication, record, receive, and stream video, control airborne sensors remotely, and share data. Together with a portable satellite system, the Mobile HD Light is the ideal receive station for customers working in remote areas who want to monitor live video transmitted from the air and also to communicate with world.

Mobile HD