Tav­i­s­tock, Ver­i­zon part­ner to cre­ate a 5G ‘liv­ing lab’ Lake Nona could be­come launch­ing point for still-un­de­ter­mined tech

Orlando Sentinel - - BUSINESS - By Marco San­tana

Ver­i­zon will es­tab­lish one of its first 5G “liv­ing labs” at Lake Nona, cre­at­ing a place for the com­pany to ex­per­i­ment and de­velop next-gen­er­a­tion tech­nolo­gies while of­fer­ing high-speed, wire­less ser­vice to res­i­dents and work­ers who own ca­pa­ble de­vices.

That means the south­east Or­lando com­mu­nity could be­come a launch­ing point for some still-un­de­ter­mined tech­nolo­gies, which some ex­perts have said would likely take time to emerge af­ter wider de­ploy­ment of 5G-pow­ered net­works and de­vices.

That un­cer­tainty is sim­i­lar to the early days of 4G, when lit­tle was known of the net­work that even­tu­ally worked with more ma­ture tech­nolo­gies such as GPS to power food de­liv­ery apps and rideshare ser­vices such as Uber and Lyft.

“We have yet to know the full un­der­stand­ing of what [5G] will en­able,” Juan San­tos, Tav­i­s­tock’s se­nior vice pres­i­dent of in­no­va­tion, said Wednesday. “But these ap­pli­ca­tions will rely on real-time in­for­ma­tion.”

Lake Nona is al­ready home to Beep, a com­pany that has au­ton­o­mous shut­tles run­ning a 1.2-mile route through the neigh­bor­hood.

While now they have the tech­nol­ogy nec­es­sary to power self-driv­ing ve­hi­cles, an ex­panded 5G could mean the ve­hi­cles would vir­tu­ally “talk” to sen­sors de­ployed along its route to im­prove per­for­mance.

Ver­i­zon has so far in­stalled one tower in Lake Nona ca­pa­ble of cap­tur­ing a 5G sig­nal emit­ted from phones and other de­vices, but the plan is to de­ploy enough to cre­ate a ro­bust net­work by the end of the year.

San­tos did not say how many tow­ers that would mean for Lake Nona.

Once in­stalled, Tav­i­s­tock hopes to cre­ate pro­grams for en­trepreneur­s who might want a prov­ing ground for 5Gre­liant tech­nolo­gies, he said.

“It’s a field where if we de­ploy the right in­gre­di­ents, we pro­vide the right in­fra­struc­ture, cowork­ing space, ac­cel­er­a­tor pro­gram and ven­ture cap­i­tal, we start to cre­ate the en­vi­ron­ment that fos­ters those en­trepreneur­s to look at us,” San­tos said. “This is our bet on be­ing very at­trac­tive to en­trepreneur­s. When peo­ple think of in­no­va­tion in the U.S. right now, they are not think­ing Cen­tral Florida.”

The mo­bile data speeds of base-level 5G net­works will ex­ceed the fastest home broad­band net­work that con­sumers can have, ac­cord­ing to data dis­trib­uted by com­mu­ni­ca­tions com­pa­nies like TMo­bile.

There are three types of 5G, known as low band, mid-band and the band that will be in­stalled at Lake Nona, known as mil­lime­ter waves. Low band has a greater range while mil­lime­ter waves trans­mit data at a su­per-fast rate but can be im­peded by phys­i­cal ob­sta­cles. That’s why these net­works re­quire more trans­mit­ters.

For Ver­i­zon, find­ing an in­no­va­tive com­mu­nity to part­ner with has been part of its 5G strat­egy across the coun­try.

Com­mu­ni­ca­tions com­pa­nies that have de­buted 5G net­works have so far gen­er­ally kept them in lim­ited ge­o­graph­i­cal spa­ces such as sta­di­ums.

“We’re ex­cited to part­ner with a for­ward-think­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion like Tav­i­s­tock and Lake Nona to pro­vide a real-world

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.