Verizon is in , and its 5G development extends beyond making your mobile data speeds faster.
On Thursday, Verizon announced its 5G First Responder Lab, an innovation incubator for public safety tech that uses 5G. It will give startups and other innovators early access to 5G so they can come up with useful real-world applications.
5G is the next wave of wireless connection, and it’s. Besides being used on a consumer level, Verizon says that 5G has the potential to enable new technology for first responders with life-saving implications.
“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,” said Verizon SVP Toby Redshaw. “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 lab will be open for a one-year period and give 15 different innovators the tools they need so they can develop public safety solutions. Applications for the first wave of innovators are open until Dec. 31.