World Economic Forum: The Pandemic Is Making Autonomous Delivery The New Normal

Cough medicine, snacks, baking ingredients: Kelly Passek has shopping delivered weekly to her yard in Christiansburg, Virginia – by a drone.

The flying vehicle comes with little fuss, hovering briefly over her yard and letting down its package. “It’s very fast – even the noise you hear is no more than 30 seconds,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

View full article in World Economic Forum.

Empower Through A Strong Network

For Darrin Thomas, supporting South Carolina’s African American-owned businesses is a top priority. Through his Columbia, SC-based business, Black Pages South, his mission is “to educate, to enlighten, and to empower the minority and the African American community.”

Black Pages South is an online network of small businesses, consumers, and corporate partners, and it promotes the efforts of minority businesses to help expand their reach and impact.

According to Darrin, connectivity is key, and 5G “equates to speed and accessibility,” which will have “a profound impact” on the businesses he helps to promote.

As he reflects on how his businesses has evolved over nearly 30 years as well as the challenges put forth by the global pandemic today, he notes that in order to realize the possibilities with 5G, “the enhancements and investments we make now, will really determine where and what we will look like.” To that end, he encourages policymakers to think about “where they want to be 20 years from now?”

To learn more about Black Pages South, click here; and to watch Darrin’s Faces of 5G video, click here.

USA Today: Can 5G Help Make It Easier To Work From Home?

Now that so many of us have become accustomed to working from home, one question that might come up is does 5G really matter anymore? After all, most people are probably connecting to the internet, and all of their work colleagues, with their in-home Wi-Fi via a broadband connection such as a cable modem. Why would they need a different type of fast wireless connection?

View full article in USA Today.

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.

A Message From Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg

“The events unfolding across the country that are rooted in hate are contradictory with our beliefs as a company and leave me with a feeling of regret and sadness.  Verizon is fiercely committed to diversity and inclusion across all spectrums because it makes us and the world better. I am hopeful that the rest of the country will come to understand that valuing everyone equally is the best way forward. We cannot commit to a brand purpose of moving the world forward unless we are committed to helping ensure we move it forward for everyone. We stand united as one Verizon,” Hans Vestberg, Verizon Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

View full statement from Verizon.

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.

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.

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