Telecom giant Verizon in collaboration with Responder Corp., the platform for public safety innovation is introducing a 5G First Responder lab in Washington, D.C. to advance public safety technology. In a news release from Verizon noted that the 5G First Responder Lab will provide 15 tech developers access to 5G technology over a one-year term to design, analysis and refine 5G solutions for public safety. They’ll be apportioned into three separate cohorts of five developers apiece.
The news release further said that applications for this open now through December 31 and given three months of access to the lab and its 5G network, as well as it also giving the opportunity to work with Verizon and Responder Corp. on use case testing and market strategies. Verizon and Responder Corp. will then deliver the results across the public safety industry. The lab is positioned in a space owned by Alley, an association community for entrepreneurs with locations in manifold states, all of which use Verizon’s 5G network. In his statement, Co-Founder and CEO of Responder Corp., Nathanial Wish pointed out that Responder Corp. was originated on the basic principle that first responders deserve access to the best technology. Teaming up with Verizon to launch the 5G First Responder Lab is a massive step ahead for the industry in delivering on that vision. Verizon’s 5G network has the potential to empower some of the most promising and beneficial technologies they’ve come across. He said the Lab is his company’s commitment to ensuring those fully enabled solutions is delivered to first responders across the nation.
Responder Corp. is associated with Responder Ventures, which has set itself up as a unique venture capital outfit focused solely on technology for emergency responders. Barred in a great effort with other telecom companies to make 5G a reality, Verizon is also contending with AT&T for advances in public safety communications. After FirstNet, the national interoperable emergency responder communications network that picked AT&T to build its infrastructure, Verizon has declared that it would build out its own network.