ICYMI – How Technology Helps Communities Adapt (6/18 Virtual Event)

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown how important access to technology is in communities across America. From learning at home, to connecting with doctors, to video calls with loved ones, technology is keeping Americans connected.

On June 18th, 2020, US Tech Future and local community leaders from Chicago, Denver, and Providence discussed how their communities are leveraging technology to help manage the challenges of the pandemic, the role that it will play in addressing issues of social and racial justice, and how it could transform the ways we live and work.

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5G in 5: Top Tech This Week – June 3, 2020

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. The Future with 5G — Innovators at 5G labs are developing next generation technologies that could reshape industries and solve problems. FastCo Works recently looked at a handful of innovative projects at Verizon’s 5G Labs, including a miniature humanoid robot that could aid in disaster response. The robot’s “eyes” transmit video data to its operator, who can adjust its movements to navigate debris or deliver supplies to victims before first responders can safely access the area. Read more here.
  1. 5G Driving New Tech Opportunities — About two-thirds of the cars that are manufactured today are connected cars. That number will continue to grow, but IT Pro says that’s “just the start of things to come.” Up next is vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication, and 5G will be a driver in that. James Mallinson, BMW’s Head of Development for Vehicle Connectivity and Mobile Communications, says, “Ultimately, when it comes to road safety, there are no competitors, only partners. By sharing traffic data and implementing V2X connectivity, we can directly improve the automotive experience for road users everywhere.” Read more here.
  1. AI Capabilities Tested by 5G— The U.S. Department of Defense is funding an AI system by Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) that will enable companies to share 5G cellular spectrum. Using AI will help determine the optimal use of spectrum each millisecond and understand 5G’s role in testing AI capabilities. Read more here.
  1. New Era Brought by 5G —Tech author and engineer Trevor English posed the question: Will 5G bring about a new era? In short, his answer is yes. He says, “5G is a wireless network infrastructure exponentially better than anything we’ve ever seen before. Businesses will be able to have access to anything they need from a tech perspective without massive barriers to entry. 5G will allow AI and predictive learnings to thrive from anywhere, meaning predictive maintenance and truly useful IoT. … Of course, reality will likely be more grounded, but since 5G provides so much potential, who’s to say that the future won’t start getting a lot more exciting?” Read more here.
  1. Smart Classrooms Boosted by 5G — COVID-19 forced classrooms to move online and exposed gaps in virtual learning. 5G, paired with AR and VR, would transform lesson plans and create new learning experiences. “The experiences it can provide – such as virtually witnessing endangered species of plant life in Madagascar – can ultimately change the way students think, engage with the world and tackle problems,” says Ryan McLaughlin, a Senior Economist and Research Analyst at the Information and Communications Technology Council of Canada (ICTC). Read more here.

5G in 5: Top Tech This Week – May 26, 2020

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. New Virtual 5G Innovation Lab— 5G labs are popping up globally, but Verizon is taking their latest 5G lab to the next level with their newly acquired BlueJeans technology. The virtual lab was created to help accelerate the development of new 5G solutions and applications for consumers, businesses, and government agencies. “We’re building our 5G Ultra Wideband network to develop and enable the 5G innovations that will support changing the behavior of consumers, businesses and entire industries,” says Kyle Malady, Chief Technology Officer at Verizon. Read more here.
  2. U.S. Agency Advising Developing Countries about 5G— TheU.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is expanding its Digital Development Advisors Program to serve more of its missions around the world. “Most developing countries are not at a point where they’re able to make 5G decisions yet. But by having people placed in those [partner] countries, they will act as formal or informal advisors to that [telecommunications] ministry to ensure that when they make decisions on 5G, they are looking at systems that are safe and secure,” says USAID Deputy Administrator Bonnie Glick. Read more here.
  3. Game Developers Excited for 5G— 5G technology is set to boost technology companies, and game developers in California are no exception. Bandwidth-heavy technologies such as AR will soon rely on 5G connectivity to power their applications. “5G capabilities allow for emerging gaming technologies that struggle on existing networks to flourish,” according to Santa Clarita Valley’s The Signal. Read more here.
  4. 5G Opens Doors for New Apps— The coronavirus pandemic rapidly increased our reliance on networks for telehealth, telework, and online learning, and 5G will bring even more connected capabilities. Jason Lee, program manager of the advanced technology platform at MaRS Discovery District discusses the “circle of collaboration” and how “innovators are a very important piece of this puzzle.” Read more here.
  5. 5G Business Use Cases for IoT— Frank Gillett, Vice President and Principal Analyst at Forrester Research says “we’re about to get a new generation, the once-every-decade version of the telco connection and there’s a bunch of magical, wonderful, stupendous improvements in 5G that mean you shouldn’t have to compromise.” Read more here.

5G in 5: Top Tech This Week – May 19, 2020

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. 5G Supercharging AI— Forbes Contributor Tom Taulli says, “When it comes to the 5G roll-out, AI will definitely be supercharged.” To expand on that thought, he shared insight from tech leaders, including Steve Canepa, Global Managing Director of Telecom, Media, and Entertainment at IBM, who shared: “[they’ve] built a platform, leveraging IBM cloud and AI innovations, for mobile devices operating on a 5G network that will quickly generate and communicate alerts to firefighters or law enforcement officers–addressing potential life-threatening situations before they escalate.” Read more here.
  2. Telehealth Advancements will Rely on 5G— The novel coronavirus gave telemedicine a big boost, and 5G will take it to the next level. “Telehealth is not something that we expect to see five, 10 years from now. We’re seeing it today, and people want to figure out how to make it better today. … Basically, all of the use cases that we’ve been talking about [for] the promise of 5G, I think this pandemic brought this whole sense of urgency, and those are accelerating,” says Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon. Read more here.
  3. Blockchain and 5G Come Together for Smart City Application— Blockchain solutions aim to verify the digital identities of self-driving cars securely while 5G integrates data from smart city solutions. “We expect this technology platform to greatly increase the credibility of data by strengthening the security of information shared by cars and their control tower,” a Sejong City official explained. Sejong is a planned city in South Korea that’s a testbed for smart city solutions. Read more here.
  4. 5G Enhancing Manufacturing Productivity— Manufacturers are overwhelmingly looking into 4G and 5G investments to improve their operations. By 2030, 5G is expected to become the dominant wireless connectivity solution, with 344 million digital factory connections. According to ABI Research Principal Analyst Ryan Martin, beyond figuring out the new normal amid the pandemic, “I think digital transformation is a top priority – it really has to be.” He added that, “IoT capabilities for monitoring equipment are already ‘coming through as a “need to have” rather than a “nice to have.”’ Read more here.
  5. 5G Cars Will Report Road Hazards— “With the help of 5G, a vehicle-generated early warning system that alerts drivers is feasible within the next few years. Cars that are close enough to the danger area will transmit warning messages to other cars around them using short-range communication technologies, but also to cars further away using 5G, fast and reliably. Then those cars will send the same information to cars near them and so on, forming a joined-up, multi-vehicle communication chain that stretches far and wide,” explains Dr. Dimitrios Liarokapis of a research group at Glasgow Caledonian University. Read more here.

Connection through COVID

Recently, Faces of 5G’s Matt Weinberg interviewed Maor Cohen, CEO and Co-Founder of n*gram health. n*gram aims to improve quality of life for senior citizens, caregivers, and families through virtual reality therapies.

Cohen highlights the importance of connectivity, and how our world is relying more on telehealth and digital therapeutics. He notes that since the COVID-19 pandemic, n*gram has changed how they not only think about their product, but how they deliver their product. Cohen argues that since the virus has caused many to stay home, it is reinforcing the need for high quality experiences that improve quality of life while the patient is in the home.

Cohen’s virtual reality platform, and the patients it intends to help, needs a strong network connection to ensure the highest quality experience. He noted that, “we are seeing tremendous changes in the world as a result of the current crisis and as a result improving cellular connectivity,” and these “new connectivity experiences are going to cause a fundamental change in the toolbox of medicine.” He is excited to see the benefits of telehealth and teletherapy that continue to emerge not only for seniors, but for all ages.  

To watch the full interview click here and to learn more about n*gram click here.

5G in 5: Top Tech This Week – May 11, 2020

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. Faster Contactless Payments with 5G— COVID-19 sparked the need for contactless interactions, creating a new normal. This trend has increased the need for contactless payments, which includes contactless cards, contactless-capable point of sale devices, and growth of mobile wallets. 5G and biometrics will join forces to change consumer check-out experiences through payments by voice, gesture, and other ways, increasing consumer popularity with rapid contactless payments. Read more here.
  2. What Healthcare Can Gain from 5G— The healthcare sector has been more open to telehealth options as the coronavirus pandemic spreads globally. 5G will allow doctors to remotely monitor patients, simulate the use of artificial intelligence, and optimize workflow. Ravi Ramaswamy, Senior Director at Philips Innovation Campus explains “both AI and robotic surgery call for availability of significantly large volumes of huge data sets as also its real-time processing. 5G combined with cloud computing will play a significant role in this area”. Read more here.
  3. A New 5G Coalition Comes to Town— Major U.S. technology and telecommunications companies partnered to launch a new coalition aimed at lawmakers to support software-based alternatives for 5G infrastructure. The Open RAN Coalition says that the government should incentivize open and interoperable networks that allow more vendors to provide necessary equipment. Verizon, Google, and Facebook are among the founding members of the coalition. Read more here.
  4. Company Leveraging 5G to Evolve New Wave of Tech— Austin-based National Instruments is known for test and measurement hardware and software systems that can be used in numerous industries and applications, but they plan to utilize 5G to create new innovative technology. “While we’ve grown significantly since we were first founded over 40 years ago, we continue to advance our hardware and software tools to make engineers ever more productive as they tackle the big challenges of our modern world,” explains Jeff Kodosky, co-founder of National Instruments. Read more here.  
  5. 5G Improving Everyday Life— 5G is set to bring an array of new tech opportunities, but it will also extend to other areas of life. Video gaming, home security, and teleworking are areas where 5G will bring technology to life with augmented reality, improved image quality, and uninterrupted connections. “Making the leap to 5G offers us better answers, more quality, and above much more security,” says José Francisco Monserrat, professor at the Polytechnic University of Valencia. Read more here.

5G in 5: Top Tech This Week – May 4, 2020

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. Connectivity Getting Us Through Crisis— Commentary from Faces of 5G’s Executive Director Matt Weinberg was featured by Forbes this week. While noting the many ways in which the internet is helping to get us through COVID-19, Matt reflects on how the internet has evolved, why we’re well positioned to weather the crisis from a connectivity standpoint now, and what’s to come with 5G. Read more here.
  2. 5G as a Path Forward— Internet use has seen a dramatic boost as we live out more of our lives online during the pandemic. Bruce Duysen, Senior Director of 5G Program Management at Keysight Technologies, offers some interesting insight: “A pandemic yields time to reflect. We have seen how communication technology of all kinds have allowed people around the world to connect and keep life moving even while quarantined. We can see what is working today, and where there are opportunities to build things much better for the future. 5G technology shows that the wireless path forward builds the best way to deliver and secure our communications.” Read more here.
  3. 5G is a Key Player in Fourth Industrial Revolution— Autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and more could take off in a big way during a revolution powered by 5G. “The potential that 5G offers as an enabler of the next phase of technology revolution is exciting. The Fourth Industrial Revolution will see both AI and advanced automation embedded into many industries that have so far been very human-effort oriented,” says Jason Curtis, Head of Business Solutions, UK&I, Orange Business Services. Read more here.
  4. 5G in the Air— The benefits of 5G won’t only apply when you’re on the ground. Gogo Business Aviation says it plans to launch its Gogo 5G network in 2021. According to its CEO, Oakleigh Thorne, “Gogo 5G is the next step in our technology evolution and is expected to deliver an unparalleled user experience, pairing high performance with low latency and network-wide redundancy.” Read more here.
  5. 5G and Smart Cities— Want to see how 5G technology could help make cities safer and more sustainable? Check out this video from Reuters.  

5G in 5: Top Tech This Week – April 24, 2020

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. Essential Role of 5G in Our Future— The emerging need for telehealth, distance learning, and remote working rapidly evolved as the global pandemic created a new normal. Evolving technologies will enhance remote interactions to allow for increased virtual interactions and engagement across the globe. For example, “5G will advance the capabilities of [new] technologies, enabling clinicians to make sharper and more accurate diagnoses and decisions,” says Sentara Healthcare’s CEO Howard Kern. Read more here.
  2. Commercial Buildings will Benefit from 5G— Commercial buildings and its occupants require ample network connectivity that is fast and reliable. 5G, paired with IoT solutions, will support user experiences in a building, connect teams in multiple locations, assist service professionals, and enhance multi-language interaction in real time. “We will see applications we haven’t thought of yet,” says Darren Sadana, CEO of Choice IoT, who expects the next Amazon or Google to be developed in medical, autonomous vehicles, or IoT. Read more here.
  3. Agritech Powered by 5G— Autonomous drone sprayers and other smart farm machinery are examples of new technology that will be brought to life by 5G. The fifth generation network will help farmers on a global scale by improving the monitoring of crops, watering schedules, weed growth, and other pertinent data. “5G on farm machinery and sensors will increase massively the amount of data available, meaning AI can now get to work properly,” says Paul Beastall, Director of Technology Strategy at Cambridge Consultants. Read more here.
  4. IoT Benefitting from 5G— Across many industries, including education and healthcare, IoT is facing multi-dimensional growth, as 5G is expected to create trailblazing opportunities for innovation and development of technology. Industrial IoT, for example, will greatly benefit from 5G “…as [it] can now collect and report large volumes of real-time data from manufacturing units and sensors, helping companies obtain valuable insights and take well informed decisions”. Read more here.
  5. Designing 5G-Ready Devices— 5G is diversifying products in the marketplace and creating new competition for product manufacturers. Cloud computing, IoT, remote tele-surgery and precision manufacturing, are all examples of where a new approach to design will become even more crucial. “Businesses are turning to virtual prototyping to manage the complexity of 5G across the entire value chain, from the idea through to design, simulation and optimization, all the way to manufacturing and delivery,” says John Kitchingman, Managing Director of EuroNorth’s Dassault Systèmes. Read more here.

5G in 5: Top Tech This Week – April 15, 2020

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. Work from Home Enhanced by 5G— Faster speeds and lower latency with 5G will improve the quality of teleconferencing and downloading large files while working from home. These benefits will translate to other areas of life too. “The concept of both high speed to have real, face-to-face conversations without any buffer, and instant information with low latency is important for things like cardiac patients, who need to translate real-time health updates to their doctor and receive guidance,” says Max Silber, Vice President Mobility at MetTel. Read more here.
  2. 5G Didn’t Cause the COVID-19 Outbreak—Across the world, conspiracy theories have linked 5G and the novel coronavirus. Recently, providers have seen vandalism of cell towers and false connections between the disease and 5G. “There are no indications from scientific studies that 5G, or any other G, affects the immune system…If that would be the case, we would have seen effects on the scale and severity of infectious diseases already decades ago. And we don’t,” says Eric van Rongen, Chair of the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection. Read more here.
  3. 5G Expanding U.S. Job Markets— 5G is slated to create millions of new U.S. jobs and become integral to America’s competitiveness in the global marketplace. As increased global competition begins, American innovators will be incentivized to generate groundbreaking 5G technologies. “It could allow firefighters to use thermal imaging to see through smoke and locate victims more easily. It could help specialists perform remote robotic surgery on patients who are far away. … Such developments could revolutionize the technological landscape,” explains Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL). Read more here.
  4. 5G Empowering Local Communities— Local municipalities often struggle developing a data architecture that can support the increased volume of data, but 5G will help bridge the gaps and support current systems. First responders are a perfect example of how local governments could benefit from next generation technology. With 5G, a 911 dispatcher can quickly pinpoint a caller’s location and “law enforcement can leverage the network to combat crime and gain better situational awareness as they respond to incidents,” says Dell Technologies CTO Rob Silverberg. Read more here.
  5. 5G to Overhaul Supply Chains— Today, businesses and suppliers usually have a rough idea of where goods are, what condition they’re in, and if they’re needed at a particular destination. But as Wall Street Journal reporter James Rundle writes, that will change with 5G: “The technology already exists to measure these data points, but there are limits in current 4G networks to how many sensors, cameras and other internet-connected devices can be supported at any one time. The enhanced bandwidth and stability that 5G offers will enable far more devices to be live on a single connection, allowing much more gathering and sharing of data in granular detail.” Read more here.

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

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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