Recap: Aerial Applications at the Verizon 5G First Responder Lab
The future of public safety will be hosted on 5G networks. That’s why Verizon is sponsoring incubation labs with the aim of finding innovative solutions for first responders that will prepare them for new challenges in a changing world.
Over the past few months, Aerial Applications joined with four other leaders in big data processing and reality augmentation to develop, test, and optimize new solutions for public safety teams. No whitepapers, no hackathons. Just real solutions and real deployments.
What are Verizon’s 5G Labs all about?
Verizon’s 5G Labs connect universities, startups, and established companies to co-create 5G concepts, each designed to showcase visionary ideas and start them on a path to market.
For the 5G First Responder Lab, Verizon selected 15 innovative companies and divided them into three cohorts. Each team was given a three-month period to collaborate with Verizon and Responder Corp in their 5G DC Lab at Alley, a Washington DC-based laboratory established specifically for this initiative. Aerial Applications has been active in the program since February 2019.
The overarching goal of the program is to develop technology that will empower first responders in the field. Aerial Applications brought big data services and drone technology to the table to help meet this goal.
Aerial Applications worked with four partners in Cohort 1 of the 5G First Responder Lab:
- Adcor MAGnet Systems - a Baltimore-based software and hardware company that specializes in reality augmentation and sensor fusion technology
- Kiana Analytics - a real-time location services engine and data analytics platform for situational awareness, headquartered in Silicon Valley
- Qwake Tech - a San Francisco-based startup and developer of C-THRU, an augmented reality vision platform purpose-built to provide eyesight in low-visibility settings
- Blueforce Development - A Massachusetts-based developer of a data fusion platform that enables the sharing of wearable sensor data for situational awareness
Participating in the 5G First Responder Lab is just one way Aerial Applications is working to support emergency-response efforts. We also provide dedicated professional rapid response units during acute incidents like hurricanes and wildfires, helping our clients keep critical infrastructure operational.
“With Aerial Applications, we cut our field crew response times in half during a hurricane. When it matters most, that’s huge.” - Ted Smith, COMCAST