Verizon and Oracle have announced plans to collaborate on boosting Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband platform, according to a news release. The partnership comes on the heels of Oracle employing Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband at its Oracle Industry Lab near Chicago. The plan for this deployment is to have partners and customers explore, create and test 5G use cases through the use of Oracle’s Lab, per the release.
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“In 5G Innovation Hubs across the nation, Verizon Business has been working alongside startups, universities and large enterprises, like Oracle, to help our partners develop and test solutions that can transform various industries—all powered by Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband,” said Tami Erwin, CEO of Verizon Business. “The state-of-the-art Oracle Industry Lab is the perfect testing ground for this kind of next-level innovation. By uniting Oracle’s deep suite of vertical and horizontal technology with partner solutions and Verizon 5G, we will be able to help our joint customers reimagine the future of their enterprises.”
The lab is to be equipped with private 4G and 5G networks, with the expressed purpose of tackling users’ biggest issues faced by their respective industries. At the Oracle Industry Lab, customers are able to work alongside partners in finding new solutions using technologies in a number of different areas. Some examples of these fields are “connected devices, drones, augmented reality, robotics, visualization, artificial intelligence and more,” the press release said.
Oracle’s executive vice president of vertical industries Mike Sicilia also said some of the challenges will stem from sustainability efforts, an area consumers have made a priority for those in the tech industry over the past few years.
“Our mission at the lab is to bring partners and customers together to forge new paths and solve really complex problems in a hands-on testing environment,” Sicilia said. “As we tackle issues such as sustainability, smarter manufacturing and creating more resilient energy and water systems, it will take an ecosystem worth of experience and ideas to bring viable solutions to life. Without question, 5G will be fundamental to these developments, and we are honored to be working with Verizon to help power the future of industries.”
One example provided by the release states that visitors will be able to use Verizon’s 5G network along with drone laser scanning and video data with building information management models to work on large construction replicas. This will allow those interested to learn how to best navigate schedule risks and achieve better construction outcomes. Another larger example is informing customers on how 5G aids use of industrial smart meters and Internet of Things– sensor data can assist with city planning or other large development projects.