5G in 5: Top Tech This Week — February 14, 2020

Here’s this week’s rundown of the top 5 stories of 5G news about emerging and innovative technologies. To follow the series, check back here every week and look out for #5Gin5 posts from @Facesof5G. Trucking with 5G – All Truck Transportation Inc., a Chicago-based truckload carrier, is upgrading from 3G to 5G-compatible tracking equipment to better serve its customers. The company president, Nino Alagna told Transport Topics, “Our customers demand visibility to those trailers on a daily basis. They want to see where their trailers are and how long they have been sitting there so that they can control their trailer fleets as best as possible.” With 5G, they aim to monitor and report this info faster. Read more here.5G Takes Connected Cars Years Ahead – The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) show takes the stage in Las Vegas this weekend. A main spotlight will be 5G technology for connected… Read More

Tackling Urban Challenges Together

Based in San Francisco, UrbanLeap is a platform that works with local and regional governments around the country to provide the data and tools needed to create innovative solutions for urban challenges. For many metropolitan areas, improvements can be made to transportation, waste and water management, public safety, and energy efficiency. 5G presents a great opportunity for cities, vendors, and platform collaborators like UrbanLeap to work in partnership and find innovate solutions to tackle local needs. UrbanLeap’s  Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer Erez Druk thinks 5G is a “win, win, win situation.” Check out the latest video from Faces of 5G and then click here to learn more about UrbanLeap.… Read More

5G in 5: Top Tech This Week – February 5, 2020

Here’s this week’s rundown of the top 5 stories of 5G news about emerging and innovative technologies. To follow the series, check back here every week and look out for #5Gin5 posts from @Facesof5G. 5G Changing Precision Ag – Farmers jumped to buy drones a few years ago, but according to Scott Burroughs, owner of Bottom Line Solutions in Morton, IL, they aren’t being used to their full potential. He says getting useful data can be time consuming and predicts 5G will change that: “With the enhancement of 5G and the sensing technology that’s coming, I think we could get back to the drone and make it a more useful tool than it is today.” Read more here.Next Level NFL Fan Experiences – The first 5G Super Bowl took place over the weekend and brought fans new experiences. For example, NFL’s OnePass app allowed fans with 5G devices connected to… Read More

5G in 5: Top Tech This Week — January 31, 2020

Here’s this week’s rundown of the top 5 stories of 5G news about emerging and innovative technologies. To follow the series, check back here every week and look out for #5Gin5 posts from @Facesof5G. 5G Esports Training Facility—Dignitas and Verizon announced a partnership for the nation’s first 5G esports training facility. “The technologies we are collaboratively building will help us strengthen support for our current and future partners far beyond today’s capabilities,” explains Dignitas CEO Michael Prindiville. Read more here.5G Transforming the World— From gadgets to IoT, as well as manufacturing, investing in 5G infrastructure “will make our communities safer, more environmentally efficient and more connected,” says CP Gurnani, CEO and Managing Director of Tech Mahindra. The next smart revolution will improve the quality of life for a global, interconnected population. Read more here.Urban Challenges Conquered by Tech— The United Nations estimates 68 percent of the world’s population will live… Read More

5G in 5: Top Tech This Week — January 27, 2020

Here’s this week’s rundown of the top 5 stories of 5G news about emerging and innovative technologies. To follow the series, check back here every week and look out for #5Gin5 posts from @Facesof5G. America’s 5G Labor Shortage— It’s estimated that the U.S. needs 20,000 more people to build out 5G networks to win the race to 5G. This shortage and its implications prompted the Senate Commerce Committee to hold a hearing earlier this week. The Hill’s Emily Birnbaum reported that “witnesses largely agreed that investing more in education … could help with the issue.” She also noted, “the work behind building the flashy technology is often taxing and difficult, requiring people to scale extraordinary heights.” Jimmy Miller, president of a small telecom services company, added that “it’s a high-risk industry” but “we’ve got to make hard work cool again.” Read more here.Educational Technology Advanced By 5G— “Higher education, which… Read More

CES 2020

A little late, but here’s a quick #ces recap: Went to stay informed on all the latest trends (or buzz)… 3 key takeaways: While I didn’t attend in 2019, the 2020 conference could be dubbed “the year of 5G”. The buzz surrounding 5G on the conference and exhibition hall floors was palpable and significant portions of both the free and paid content included 5G topics. Is this “peak buzz” (think blockchain in 2018) or has 5G transitioned into the mainstream technology discourse? Or both? Programming demonstrated the breadth and potential of 5G. Robotics, gaming, healthcare, agriculture, etc. showcased unique panels focusing on how 5G will impact individual sectors. Concrete examples = a powerful education tool. Both startups & big corporations are forcefully advocating for 5G. On the exhibit floor, startups, mostly in the IoT space, gathered in a separate 5G labeled section while the big and familiar corporations (Verizon, Nokia,… Read More

5G in 5: Top Tech This Week – January 16, 2020

Happy New Year! Here’s this week’s rundown of our top 5 stories about 5G and innovative technologies. To follow the series, check back here every week and look out for #5Gin5 posts from @Facesof5G. 1. Top Takeaways from CES – “5G is going to be a big deal, but maybe not the way you think,” writes Barron’s Eric Savitz. It is predicted that 200 million 5G smartphones will be sold in 2020, but as Savitz says, “The real opportunity is going to be at the edge of the network, where companies of every stripe will take advantage of 5G’s ability to connect a million devices to a single cell site.” Read more here. 2. U.S. vs. China in the 5G Era – “The 5G era is well underway in China,” says the Center for a New American Security’s Elsa Kania, who also notes that the first 5G-enabled brain surgery happened… Read More

5G in 5: Top Tech This Week – December 23

Here’s this year’s final rundown of our favorite pieces of 5G news and stories about emerging and innovative technologies. To follow the series, check back here every week and look out for #5Gin5 posts from @Facesof5G. 1.    Collaboration Connection – “The future of workplace collaboration is firmly rooted in 5G,” according to Lifesize CTO Bobby Beckmann. Data shows that remote work and collaborative tools are expanding at a staggering pace, and that will continue with 5G as it offers people mobility and quality gains. Video conferencing, for example, will be crisper. For additional insight, read more here. 2.    5G Safety – “Worried about 5G’s health effects? Don’t be,” says WIRED contributing writer Klint Finley. This comes on the heels of a report from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which cited the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in saying “the weight of scientific evidence has not linked cell phones with any… Read More

Good to Tap, Open, and Go

Good2Go believes that technology can serve people’s everyday needs. The first use case for this San Francisco-based company helps connect people to ADA compliant restrooms that are all-gender and equipped with baby changing stations. Through Good2Go’s app, users can locate a restroom and then unlock and open the door. In addition to solving a need to find accessible restrooms, Good2Go is working with a local non-profit to help provide access to showers for the city’s homeless population. Good2Go’s founder and CEO, Fran Heller, wants to scale her business and believes, “there’s no question that 5G will enable Good2Go to expand, scale, address a real, and everyday need, and solve it.” Check out the latest video from Faces of 5G and then click here to learn more about Good2Go.… Read More

Community Connection

Robert Johnson is making it his mission to support the development of entrepreneurs of color. He recently started a social impact business incubator called The Collective. Located in the Bronzeville neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago, his organization helps minority entrepreneurs grow, scale, and access resources. Robert sees 5G as a huge opportunity to help bridge the gap among underserved communities. To ensure that happens, he says: “There’s a need to engage the community, bring the community together, and provide opportunities for those who have been left out, disenfranchised, and underinvested in.”… Read More

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