Verizon announces 5G First Responder Lab

Verizon seeks innovators to accelerate 5G technology development for first responders

WASHINGTON — Verizon launched an innovation lab to develop 5G solutions for first responders.

In a recent press release, Verizon unveiled the 5G First Responder Lab, which is described as a “first-of-its-kind innovation incubator that will give startups and other innovators access to 5G technology to develop, test and refine 5G solutions for public safety.”

The network is partnering with Responder Corp. for the project and hopes to accelerate 5G technology for first responders.

“First responders should have the absolute best, most effective technologies available to them as they protect our communities and respond to emergencies large and small,” Verizon SVP of Strategy, Innovation and Product Development Toby Redshaw said. “Our 5G First Responder Lab will give technology innovators the opportunity to develop applications and use cases that leverage the unique capabilities of 5G, and to bring those solutions to market more quickly.”

The press release said Verizon is seeking 15 innovators to “develop public safety solutions over a one-year period.”

The lab will be broken up into three cohorts lasting three months each, and technology developers will have “the opportunity to collaborate with Verizon and Responder Corp on 5G use case testing, insight creation and go-to-market strategies.”

"As Verizon deploys 5G, it is critical that we look beyond the launch for consumers and consider how users in public safety can leverage this revolutionary technology," Verizon’s Director of Public Sector Product Strategy Nick Nilan said. “5G will enable technology for first responders that hasn’t been imagined yet, and this 5G First Responder Lab will help lead the creation of life-saving innovations.”


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