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Podcast: Interview with Verizon on 5G

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By Elisabeth Kindig


In episode 3 of Tech Lightning Rounds, Beth Kindig goes directly to the source of artificial intelligence expertise and hosts discussions with technologists who specialize in the field. Interviews are held in “lightning round” format, which are rapid interviews with tech experts for immediate depth on each topic.

This week, Verizon launched 5G in select cities ahead of schedule. Customers in Chicago and Minneapolis were the first in the world to get 5G-enabled smartphones connected to a 5G network on April 3rd.

In Tech Lightning Rounds, Lani Ingram, Vice President of Smart Cities at Verizon, discusses how far 5G has come through the various iterations over the last 12 years. She discusses in detail how 5G will enable new technologies, such as helping self-driving cars brake quickly, hospital equipment that will communicate faster for more successful outcomes, first responders will know exact GPS locations rather than requiring 911 operators to dispatch, and many other applications that are hard to fathom today.

According to Ingram, the real progress will be made when a city wants to move a metric, or meet a goal, such as reducing traffic congestion by 50 percent in 10 years or reduce the amount of energy usage by 30 percent in the next 18 months. This will be made possible by IoT sensors (internet of things) which will monitor air quality, energy use, and traffic patterns. With this data, new technology will create solutions for smart parking, crowd management, and emergency response. Wireless connectivity will be essential for IoT devices to be installed and to communicate quickly.

Don’t miss this candid interview with Verizon on a topic that could not be timelier.