Verizon announced yesterday its chosen five companies to take part in its 5G First Responder Lab to solve common challenges “along the EMS/patient journey from pre-incident and emergency response to treatment and recovery.”
“With the COVID-19 global pandemic, EMS workers on the frontlines are struggling with a heavy workload and oftentimes a lack of vital information at their fingertips,” said Andrés Irlando, senior vice president and president, Public Sector and Verizon Connect at Verizon. “Solutions built on Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network will put critical information in the hands of EMS workers by enabling innovations like smart dispatching, non-emergent interventions, telehealth and remote diagnostics.”
The companies participating in this effort include:
- Biotricity: Focuses on near real-time remote medical monitoring
- Rave Mobile Safety: Offers a critical communications and data sharing platform
- DispatchHealth: Provides on-call medical care to your door
- Vuzix: Uses augmented reality to better inform First Responders
- Visionable: Provides a platform for near real-time medical collaboration
Over the next six months, these companies will have access to Verizon 5G specialists, engineers and Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network to further develop their solutions using 5G’s high speed and ultra-low latency capabilities. The 5G First Responder Lab launched in November 2018 in partnership with Responder Corp. is a program to identify promising technology companies, and give them access to 5G technology to test and refine their 5G solutions for public safety.
The first three phases included 15 startups who tested their developments on 5G Ultra Wideband, including autonomous persistent drones for security and situational awareness, gun detection software using existing municipal cameras, computer vision heads up display for firefighters to see through smoke, and VR training for police officers and EMTs.
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