Verizon Opens Lab for First Responder 5G Technology
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Verizon, in partnership with Responder Corp., launched the 5G First Responder Lab, an innovation incubator that Verizon said will give startups and other innovators access to 5G technology to develop, test and refine 5G solutions for public safety.

“First responders should have the absolute best, most effective technologies available to them as they protect our communities and respond to emergencies large and small,” said Toby Redshaw, Verizon senior vice president of strategy, innovation and product development. “Our 5G First Responder Lab will give technology innovators the opportunity to develop applications and use cases that leverage the unique capabilities of 5G and to bring those solutions to market more quickly.”

Located in the company’s 5G DC Lab at Alley, a membership community for entrepreneurs in Washington DC, the 5G First Responder Lab will bring together 15 innovators in three separate cohorts to develop public-safety solutions during a one-year period. Each three-month cohort will give five first responder technology developers access to the lab and its 5G network, along with the opportunity to collaborate with Verizon and Responder Corp on 5G use case testing, insight creation and go-to-market strategies.

Responder Corp. is a private capital investor in public safety technology.

"As Verizon deploys 5G, it is critical that we look beyond the launch for consumers and consider how users in public safety can leverage this revolutionary technology," said Nick Nilan, director of public sector product strategy for Verizon. “5G will enable technology for first responders that hasn’t been imagined yet, and this 5G First Responder Lab will help lead the creation of life-saving innovations.”

Applications are open through Dec. 31 for the first cohort of the 5G First Responder Lab. First responder technology developers can learn more and apply here.

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