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Verizon opens 5G innovation hub in Lake Nona

The living lab will provide opportunities to test 5G-enabled solutions in areas such as connected healthcare, autonomous mobility, smart communities, education, retail and others.

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The innovation hub in Lake Nona will showcase new and existing 5G use cases
The innovation hub in Lake Nona will showcase new and existing 5G use cases

Local start-ups, universities, large enterprises and the public sector will soon be able to develop and test 5G-enabled solutions at a new innovation hub in Lake Nona, a “living lab” smart community in Orlando, Florida.

 

Verizon Business’ said its innovation hub will provide an opportunity to test 5G use cases for connected healthcare, autonomous mobility, smart communities, education and retail.

 

Smart city technologies

 

Created by the Tavistock Group, Lake Nona is home to thousands of residents (known as “citizen scientists”), students, visitors, national headquarters and healthcare facilities and is focused on acting as a test bed for smart city technologies.

 

Verizon reports with its 5G Ultra Wideband network on site, innovators will be able to test how its “super-fast speeds, ultra-high bandwidth and ultra-low latency” can enhance applications for industries prevalent in Lake Nona such as smart communities, autonomous mobility and connected healthcare and technology.

 

One of the 5G trials already underway at Lake Nona involves testing cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) technology with Beep, an autonomous mobility-as-a-service provider (MaaS).

 

The initial pilot will examine how C-V2X can improve the safety of Beep’s autonomous shuttles, which currently operate on several routes throughout the community. The C-V2X pilot involves Verizon’s 4G LTE and 5G networks, multi-access edge Compute (MEC), real time Kinematics (RTK), and computer vision.

“5G is paving the way for unprecedented innovations that will reshape the world and have a massive impact on how we live, work, and play”

“Tavistock is fully committed to the cultivation of 5G technology to usher in a new era of connectivity,” said Juan Santos, senior vice president of innovation at Tavistock.

 

“A 5G-enabled future will transform our daily lives in ways we’ve only just begun to imagine. We’re excited to expand our 5G capabilities in Lake Nona and to attract the brightest minds and biggest ideas to the entrepreneurial ecosystem of Orlando.”

 

The innovation hub will also showcase existing 5G use cases for visitors to experience and includes an Executive Briefing Centre that will provide prospects and customers with access to Verizon leadership and subject matter experts.

 

“5G is paving the way for unprecedented innovations that will reshape the world and have a massive impact on how we live, work, and play,” added Sampath Sowmyanarayan, SVP and president of enterprise at Verizon.

 

“We’re creating Innovation Hubs powered by Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband to serve as launch pads for high-impact, transformational experiences and are excited to see the new 5G use cases that will be developed in Lake Nona.”

 

Verizon Business said the engagement is part of its broader strategy to partner with enterprises, start-ups, universities, national labs and government/military institutions to explore how 5G can disrupt and transform nearly every industry.

 

Verizon operates six 5G labs in the US and one in London that specialise in developing uses cases in industries ranging from healthcare to public safety to entertainment.

 

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