5G in 5: Top Tech This Week – December 2

Here’s this week’s 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.

5G + AI – How transformative could 5G be? Combine it with the power of AI and find out. The Wall Street Journal’s James Rundle and Angus Loten take a look at how both technologies can reshape factories, hospitals, and even cities. Read more here.

Automotive Impact – When it comes to electric and autonomous vehicles, Freeman Shen of WM Motor Technology Group warns, “If you don’t have 5G you just cannot make it.” Read more from his remarks at Fortune’s Global Tech Forum here.

Future of Farming – John Deere showcased a new agriculture tool through the “Command Cab.” With 5G connectivity, the cab will be able to monitor crop performance and use AI to recommend different practices to farmers. Read more here.

Spectrum Boost – What is one of the keys to a successful 5G network? Spectrum. Nokia’s Darrell Davies breaks down the conversation around millimeter wave spectrum and explains how it fits into the bigger 5G picture. Read more here

“G” Evolution – We cannot have 5G without 4G. The new 5G network will work in unison with the existing 4G infrastructure to bring the latest speeds to consumers and businesses. Read more here.

5G in 5: Top Tech This Week – October 28

Here’s this week’s 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.

5G in the Sky – Gogo is taking a sky-high approach to the next generation of wireless. The company, which sells internet services to airlines, previously announced its plans to skip 4G and go right to 5G. Now it is announcing the partners that will help them get there. Read more here.

Industrial Waves – Industry sectors are getting connected in waves. According to Ericsson’s Erik Josefsson, public safety was first, then it was utilities, and oil, gas, and mining will be next. He says that 5G is the big wave behind all those sectors. Read more here.

 In the LeadAna Tavares, GSMA’s Head of North America, told RCR Wireless that “while Korea and China are really ‘pushing hard’ to establish 5G networks, North America ‘definitely’ remains at the forefront. Diane Rinaldo, acting head of NTIA, also chimed in and said the U.S. is winning the global race. Read more here and here.

 Counting Sheep…With 5G – A new 5G connected drone project is reimagining how farmers not only monitor field quality and crop performance, but also how to count sheep and other livestock in record time. Read more here.

Smart Mobility – Ford Motor Company unveiled six cities that will serve as a testbed for their new “city insights platform” which works to improve “traffic congestion and pedestrian safety.” Learn more about the program coming to Austin, Indianapolis, Detroit, Miami, Grand Rapids, and Pittsburgh here.

5G in 5: Top Tech This Week – October 14

Here’s this week’s 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.

Tech Renaissance in Harlem: Silicon Harlem advocates for all citizens to participate in the digital economy, and its CEO, Clayton Banks, was one of our first “Faces of 5G.” Both Banks and the organization he co-founded were recently in the news as PIX11 stopped by to check out Silicon Harlem’s walk-in innovation center. Watch and read more here.

The Next Gaming Evolution – The widespread adoption of augmented reality will be the next big evolution in the gaming space, and 5G will be the driver. While expanding on that prediction, Arm Treasure Data’s Tom Treanor throws out a stat that underscores the power of 5G and how transformative it will be: “5G provides for million connections per square kilometer. This capability to communicate massive amounts of data in near real time will enable a new wave of connectivity and entertainment.” Read more here.

Taking Smart to a New Level – BT Enterprise’s Brian Jackson argues that there is more to 5G than just faster internet speeds and connected devices. Jackson notes 5G is “about connecting communities with the technology they need to find solutions for problems that most people assume can never be solved.” Read more here.

Starry Sight – Students at two schools in Cleveland, Ohio are launching into space to learn about planets and stars. This experience is happening via Verizon’s 5G network and a virtual reality app called Visceral Science. Read more here.

IoT Future –Thrive Global breaks down the future of IoT, artificial intelligence, and 5G and says “5G is central” to IoT. Read more about their technology predictions over the next decade here.

5G in 5: Top Tech This Week – October 1

Here’s this week’s 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.

Country Clever with 5G – We’re used to hearing about smart cities, but what about country clever? Ericsson’s Peter Linder talked to RCR Wireless about the positive impact 5G can have on rural communities as it relates to education, agriculture, green energy production, manufacturing, and outdoor recreation. Read more here.

Add NYC, Boise, and Panama City to the List – Verizon turned on 5G in three new cities this week. As someone based in NYC, I was especially happy about this announcement. CNET lays out where to find it. Read more here.

Enhanced Sports: “5G seems to be the technology that promises to offer a lot to every industry, and sports production is no exception,” according to Fox Sports’ Michael Davies. In an interview from Sports Video Group, he goes on to talk about the benefits of 5G for consumers as well as the production side of sports. Read more here.

Gaming at a Turning Point: There are a lot trends converging right now on the gaming industry, but experts agree mobile has been the most transformative. Smartphones rival consoles, and according to a new piece from VentureBeat, “Looking forward, you can’t talk about mobile gaming without looking at the rollout of 5G networks.” Read more here.

Tech for Good: Been thinking about getting an Apple Watch? This may put you over the edge: A man was in a bad bike accident and knocked unconscious. Fortunately, a fall detection feature on his watch picked up on that and alerted 911 and his family. An ambulance was on the scene within a min He said, “A hit that hard could have killed me if I weren’t wearing [the watch].” Read more here.

5G in 5: Top Tech This Week – September 16

Here’s this week’s 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.

Reimaging Virtual Work Days – Today, “working virtually” is synonymous with “working remotely” or “telework.” But with 5G and XR – which is the combination of extended, augmented, virtual, and mixed realities – we may actually work virtually. Imagine yourself as an avatar in a conference room or touring a facility on the other side of the world. Quartz explores seven ways 5G and XR will change work. Read more here.

University Use Place – The conversation surrounding 5G includes a lot of use cases. Just think about some of the videos on this site, which show how 5G will change education, agriculture, and more. Here’s a new term: use place. In a piece for Light Reading, Ericsson 5G Evangelist Peter Linder says colleges and universities are use places – physical locations where we can expect 5G to get traction early. Read more here.

#1 for Speed – According to the latest analysis from Opensignal, the U.S. still has the fastest download speeds for 5G. Beating countries like Australia, Switzerland, and South Korea, the U.S.’s maximum download speeds came in at 1.81 Gbps during the April to September review period. Read more here.

Autonomous Vehicles Ready for Take Off? – Delta Airlines is working with Georgia Tech at a 5G lab to see if autonomous vehicles make sense to help with moving customers to connecting flights, delivering bags, and transporting aircraft parts. Read more here.

Event Alert: “5G in the Windy City” – Faces of 5G is headed to Chicago for our first event. Join us on September 25 for a conversation with local voices about the possibilities 5G will bring to how we live and work. To RSVP click here.

Join Faces of 5G in the Windy City

Faces of 5G will be in Chicago on September 25 with local innovators for a conversation around the possibilities of 5G and how it could change the way we live and work.

More details are below.  Click here to join us.

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5G in the Windy City

“Fifth generation” wireless technology – or 5G – is poised to power a new age of innovation that will connect us in ways never imagined. Chicago, as one of the first test beds for 5G, is set to experience faster speeds, improved responsiveness, and greater network capacity. 5G will help enable solutions that are more efficient, more enhanced, and more inclusive, and we’re here to tell you what it means for Chicago.

Join Faces of 5G and other local innovators for conversation around the possibilities of 5G and how it could change the way we live and work.

When: Wednesday, September 25 from 6:00-8:00 pm CDT

Where: 1871’s 2.03 Classroom, 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza #1212, Chicago, IL

Featuring:

  • Matt Weinberg, Founder, Faces of 5G / Principal, Max Ventures
  • Brenna Berman, CEO and Executive Director, CityTech Collaborative
  • Rumi Morales, Partner, Outlier Ventures
  • Beau D’Arcy, President and Co-Founder, Breakwater Chicago

Refreshments will be offered during the event. Any government employees or officials attending should confirm that their acceptance complies with applicable government ethics rules.

5G in 5: Top Tech This Week – September 6

Here’s this week’s 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.

Drive Smart – Are there ever times when you wish your car could communicate with others on the road to make your commute smoother? Technology that will make that happen is on its way. It’s called C-V2X, and it will run on 5G networks. According a new piece from CNET, cars with it will “be able to negotiate taking turns at stop signs or merging into lanes, the digital equivalent of human drivers making eye contact.” Read more here.

5G Moo-ving In – 180 cows in England have been fitted with 5G-connected collars. This technology aims to boost productivity by allowing farmers to watch herds remotely – making it easy to track and evaluate each cow’s eating patterns, activity, and overall health. Read more here.

Experiencing Journalism – Reading the news is one thing. Experiencing it is another. Be on the lookout for both options. As traditional journalism struggles, a guest post at VentureBeat says immersive journalism, using AR and VR to create experiential news, may be a solution. Read more here.

The Race is Still On – 5G is starting to feel real as network deployment picks up, but the race is still on. Richard Adler from the Institute for the Future looks at key pieces that still need to fall into place before it’s widely available. Read more here.

ICYMI: New Faces of 5G – In the lead up to Labor Day Weekend, we highlighted two new Faces of 5G. The first is Big Shoulders Fund, a Chicago-based organization that provides inner-city schools with STEM opportunities at technology centers. The second is Alex Lee, who works in the VC space and talked to us about how 5G will enhance the industrial sector. Check out more from them here and here.

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

Here’s this week’s 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.

Seeing Through Smoke – “5G could mean the difference between night and day for firefighters,” according to a new piece from CNET. A rundown of first responder tech starts with C-Thru, which is an augmented reality helmet from Qwake that helps firefighters see through smoke and more easily locate people inside burning buildings. Read more here.

Just Off the Starting Block – Building on the 5G race metaphor, PwC says we’re “just off the starting block” with 5G. In a new video that keeps popping up in our feed this week, Marques Brownlee explains what 5G is like today and why he’s excited for the future with 5G. Read/watch more here and here.

Huge Potential Ahead – In a post for The Economic Times, Alok Ohrie, President and Managing Director at Dell India, looks at 5G through the lenses of connected everything, manufacturing, smart cities, as well as edge, AI and ML. He says the bottom line is: “This is the time for enterprises across industries to evolve and take massive steps forward in their digital transformation journey. Only then will they be equipped to capitalise on the business opportunities that 5G will create.” Read more here.

By the Numbers – New forecasts about 5G are out and the numbers are big. Gartner predicts that revenues for global 5G network infrastructure will be $4.2 billion by 2020. That’s up 89 percent from its 2019 projection of $2.2 billion. Meanwhile, Chetan Sharma Consulting estimates 5G will help propel the value of the edge internet economy to $4.1+ trillion by 2030. Read more here and here.

New Products – Beyond where 5G networks are arriving next, the big question on many minds are what devices are coming next? A patent application from Apple is getting excitement as plans for a 5G watch are underway. Read more here.

5G in 5: Top Tech This Week – August 15

Here’s this week’s 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.

Fast Forward to 2025 – Digital Trends asked futurists and tech entrepreneurs to predict how 5G will transform our lives and the world around us by 2025. From automotive to healthcare, and cities to homes, their answers covered a lot of ground, but they all agreed: 5G will be a catalyst for dramatic change. Read more here.

5G Firsthand – Samantha Murphy Kelly, a CNN Business Correspondent, put early 5G deployments to the test. While in Chicago, IL she experienced firsthand what 1 gigabit per second speed is like. Recognizing there’s more work to be done before 5G really delivers on its promises, she says, “eventually, we will look back on this time trying to remember what life was like without it.” Read more here.

Education Innovators – Featured as a promising Boston startup and EdTech Breakthrough’s 2019 Next-Gen School Solution Provider of the Year Award, Ambi, an online education platform, is changing the way students engage in the classroom. Read more here and here.

AI for the Networks Too – Much like 5G, the use case potential for AI is huge. 5G networks will even be beneficiaries of this emerging technology. Recent research suggests “53 percent of carriers expect to be using AI in their networks by the end of the year.” With that, Intel and Lenovo announced a multiyear, global collaboration to accelerate the convergence of AI and high-performance computing. Read more here.

Anxious to Get 5G – Is 5G in your area or coming to it soon? Are you eager to be an early adaptor? Here’s a download on 5G friendly phones, hotspots, and other devices. Read more here.

5G in 5: Top Tech This Week – July 31

Here’s this week’s 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.

5G Firing Up – 5G is rolling out, but many are wondering when we’ll see the full strength of the new networks’ potential. Verizon was first to launch, and now others are coming online. Though 5G’s availability is currently limited, it is expected to be worldwide by 2020. Read more here.

Buzzing Into the Billions – There are new numbers in on just how many people will be signing up for 5G. According to a new IHS report, subscribers are expected to reach 1.1 billion by 2023 in the Asia-Pacific and North America regions. That is triple the number of customers who signed up for 4G in the first 5 years after it launched. By 2023 North America will have 294 million 5G subscriptions alone. Read more here.

5G’s Bill of Health  – Nearly 20 years ago, a graph was released linking health risks to wireless technology. The chart has been used to bolster arguments over the potential health risks of 5G. But the graph was wrong. Read more here.

Taking Tech to New Highs – This great piece was just sent to us and we couldn’t resist sharing. Alon Grinshpoon, founder and CEO of EchoAR, was featured discussing the extreme effect 5G will have on augmented reality. “When 5G rolls out, that means we’ll be able to provide them with ways to stream more data faster and efficiently and engage more users at the same time.” Watch here.

Pokemon Go Faster – Do you remember the days of playing snake on your phone? Since then mobile gaming has come leaps and bounds, and the promise of 5G is only set to propel it even further. 5G has the potential to power fully end-to-end networks that deliver speeds to power next gen gaming. Read more here.

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