At Verizon’s 5G Innovation Sessions: Advancing the Mission of the DOD, experts met to discuss how 5G is helping to drive modernization and advance technology in the public sector. Specifically, at the Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar in San Diego, CA. Steve Lamb, Director, Network Engineering at Verizon, said that, at MCAS Miramar, workers are able to capitalize on 5G through the use of mobile/edge-computing to process data and bring it closer to the user.
In comparison to 4G, 5G capability is “like turning a 2-lane highway into a 22-lane super-highway in terms of its bandwidth capacities,” explained Verizon’s Mike Haberman, Vice President, Technology Development and Planning when discussing the three defining attributes of 5G in a recent event. The other differentiators are directional antenna technology and significantly less latency.
“5G is a transformative technology and it’s a marathon not a sprint,” commented Tami Erwin, President, Verizon Business Group. The COVID-19 pandemic created disruption in many industries, especially when it comes to technology and digital transformation. Industry leaders that are accelerating the path to 5G are “ushering in the next era of innovation. We call it the 4th industrial revolution,” said Andrés Irlando, Senior Vice President, Public Sector.
Through trusted partners, agencies are bringing 5G to support the military and their missions. In one example of this collaboration, Lt. Col Brandon Newell, Director, SoCal Tech Bridge, NavalX said that “we aren’t sitting on opposite ends of a contract restricted by the language of that contract, but we’re sitting at the same table with a collaborative research and development agreement as co-designers and partners in what we’re bringing about.” Lamb echoed this point when he said partnerships allow for successful 5G implementation on military bases within the Department of Defense (DoD). Paul Guckian, Vice President Engineering at Qualcomm, mentioned that, through the partnership with Miramar, they are able to “look at how cellular technology serves a population in the air as well as a population of devices on the ground.”
The Living Lab at Miramar was established in partnership with the military and industry. Here, the Living Lab “serves as an incubator for exploring 5G enabled defense applications. These innovations carry the potential to facilitate and secure smart bases of the future remote autonomous transport,” commented Irlando. Jennifer Chronis, Vice President, Federal Sales, said that “the team has created a real testbed for innovation. They’re just scratching the surface around how 5G enabled applications that can enhance warfighter effectiveness the work.” Verizon’s Cornelius Brown, Director, Department of Defense Sales, commented that the industry partnerships with the DoD “create solutions to the unique challenges and conditions facing our warfighters and how the partnership with the 5G living lab serves as a template for innovation across the DoD. This type of collaboration is critical to defining creating and evolving new use cases.”
5G is paving the way for innovation, not only in the commercial space, but also in the public sector. The event outlined these four use cases: augmented and virtual reality training, featuring Taqtile, augmented reality workforce solutions, featuring Vuzix, and drone services, featuring Aerial Applications. The collaboration on all fronts in the public sector will lead to greater strides in technological advancements to achieve mission success.
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