5G in 5: Top Tech This Week – April 6, 2020

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Here’s this week’s rundown of the top 5 stories of 5G news about emerging and innovative technologies. To follow the series, check back here every week and look out for #5Gin5 posts from @Facesof5G.

  1. Telehealth Changing the Medical Industry—Major deficiencies of the healthcare system are being accentuated by COVID-19. Will telehealth upend the system and resolve those problems? Bijan Khosravi, Founder and CEO of InBounce, sees an opportunity: “The future of our healthcare system isn’t just about cool technologies… As entrepreneurs and technologists, we now have a huge opportunity to upend the entire healthcare system with higher quality and lower-cost services that increase productivity and are easily accessible to everyone.” Read more here.
  2. Energy Department Laboratory Exploring 5G— The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) will install Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network at its lab in Richland, WA to develop 5G applications that will benefit everything from chemistry and earth sciences research to the needs of first responders. Scott Godwin, General Manager of Corporate Partnerships and Alliances at PNNL, says the lab and Verizon “plan to explore how cybersecurity will underpin 5G for critical infrastructure” and IoT systems.  Read more here.
  3. Tokyo Olympics Will Showcase 5G— Even though the Games were postponed due to COVID-19, the Tokyo Olympics will put a giant spotlight on the latest 5G-enabled innovation. While there are endless 5G use cases, one example may be a Toyota self-driving car that escorts athletes onto the field during the Games. “5G is going to just multiply the complexity of things, particularly as various IoT devices come on board, each with their own operating system, each with their own security protocol,” says Jerry Ray, COO of SecureAge. Read more here.
  4. 5G Revolution Not Slowing Down— “As investors, we took a big hit on the chin from this bear market we’re in. One thing that hasn’t slowed down is the 5G revolution … if anything, the federal government is pushing even harder to get it deployed nationwide,” says MoneyWire Editor Matt McCall. Read more here.
  5. Upping the Game for Viewers with 5G— Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) will become more common in the soccer world, as 5G starts to mature. “People will always go to stadiums as the live atmosphere is so addictive, but where some people are unable to do this tech like VR can come in and create a good experience,” said Drew Crisp, Liverpool FC’s SVP of Digital Media and Marketing. Read more here.
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