Verizon Introduces Public-Safety Communications Vehicle Prototype
Tuesday, July 06, 2021 | Comments

Verizon introduced a prototype of a public-safety communications vehicle as part of its Verizon Frontline offering.

The Tactical Humanitarian Operations Response Vehicle (THOR) is designed to provide public-safety agencies with a mobile private 5G ultrawideband (UWB) network and command center no matter where they are responding to an emergency.

In addition to a variety of radio gateways to provide interoperable communications with two-way radios, THOR also features a fully operational drone pad where drones to help with situational awareness or aerostats to provide additional coverage can be launched.

“Think about a Swiss army knife on wheels,” said Cory Davis, director of public safety for Verizon.

The prototype is built into a Ford F650 vice 600, and is equipped to reach most areas, including rugged areas such as the California countryside where fires are common or the border between the U.S. and Mexico, Davis said. “It’s built and designed to go where the mission is.”

Davis said that the vehicle is intended to serve as a fully, interoperable and stand-alone solution for public-safety users dealing with a variety of situations.

“It’s basically like bringing a 5G tower anywhere,” he said.

Verizon is now touring the prototype vehicle around to show it off to potential public-safety users and get feedback on how it can address their needs, Davis said. “We’re still kind of in the sandbox right now and creating use cases for DoD, public safety and first responders on how they can weaponize this 5G technology to help save lives.”

That outreach to customers will help Verizon plan out how it will use and deploy the vehicle in the future, said Krys Grondorf, director, communications for Verizon. For example, the carrier might choose to locate one THOR in the southeastern U.S. to help during hurricane season and one in the western U.S. to help with wildfire season and then have a third one roving around to assist in other parts of the country.

“The idea is to bring it around and have customers try it and have them help us figure out where it needs to be,” said Grondorf.

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