Verizon 5G First Responder Lab Holds Demo Day
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First responders were able to see 5G technology in action when the first members of the 5G First Responder Lab recently showcased their technology.

The 5G First Responder Lab, a Verizon and Responder Corp venture, is an innovation incubator that gives leading first responder technology companies from around the globe access to 5G technology to develop, test and refine 5G solutions for public safety. The technology showcase included solutions such as intelligent video surveillance and improved visibility for firefighters. The creation of the 5G First Responder Lab was announced in November of 2018.

“The future of public-safety technology will be powered by 5G networks, which will enable critical communications, enhanced situational awareness and innovative technologies that will help the first responder community save lives,” said Nick Nilan, director of public sector product development, Verizon. “The companies in the 5G First Responder Lab work to understand the needs of first responders and develop technology that helps them protect our communities.”

The 5G First Responder Lab brings together a total of 15 innovators in three separate cohorts to develop public-safety solutions over a one-year period. Five responder technology companies participate in each three-month cohort. The companies have access to Verizon’s 5G network and an opportunity to collaborate with Verizon and Responder Corp on 5G use case testing, insight creation, and go-to-market strategies. The technology shows the potential of 5G.

“It’s been an honor exploring the new and enhanced capabilities 5G can enable for mission-critical technology with the experts leading the companies in the first cohort,” said Bryce Stirton, co-founder & president, Responder Corp. “We’re excited to showcase the results directly to the first responder community so we can continue improving on these already powerful solutions.”

Cohort 1 participants and their research areas are:
● Adcor Magnetic Systems: sensors to detect, identify, track and correlate on a digital 3D environment
● Aerial Applications: Drone solutions to turn visual data into actionable insights
● Blueforce Development: Situational awareness solutions and sensors to enhance field operations and communication
● Kiana Analytics: A cloud-based physical safety and security platform with engagement analytics for real-time location/situational awareness
● Qwake Technologies: Augmented reality products to help firefighters see in smoke-filled, zero-visibility, hazardous environments

Chosen from an applicant pool of more than 50 companies, the participants in the first cohort of the program were selected based on their ability to enhance one or more of four phases of capability focus areas:
1. Ready - Enhancing first responder’s ability to prepare for and prevent an emergency
2. Respond - Improving the way first responders react to, manage, and execute during a lifesaving emergency event
3. Recover – Resources to help communities return to normal following disaster events
4. Rebuild – Hardening defense systems and applying lessons from previous disaster events to prevent future loss

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