Verizon virtual reality (VR)

Verizon and Dreamscape Immersive are partnering on virtual reality (VR) applications that will be built upon the carrier’s 5G and mobile edge computing (MEC) technologies. The first products from the partnership will focus on 5G immersive learning and training for the enterprise, public sector and education sectors.

Verizon also has taken an equity stake in Dreamscape through Verizon Ventures.

In the education sector, Verizon is working on VR applications with Dreamscape Learn, which is a partnership between Dreamscape and Arizona State University. Dreamscape and Verizon also are creating an innovation lab to incubate VR applications using 5G and MEC.

“Verizon’s partnership with Dreamscape shows how innovative tech built on our 5G network can revolutionize industries,” Verizon Business CEO Tami Erwin said in a press release. “Using 5G and Edge computing, we are creating immensely powerful and complex VR experiences using lower-cost, tetherless VR hardware, and advancing VR education and training simulations beyond what was previously thought possible. This opens the door to new experiences and makes VR training more accessible for students, trainees, and professionals.”

Future plans are for Verizon and Dreamscape to develop and market avatar-driven synthetic training and simulation experiences for government and specialized professional learning uses, Verizon says. The approach will be to marry Verizon 5G and Dreamscape’s Avatar Driven Educational and Practical Training (ADEPT) platform.

In January, Verizon and Unity, a 3D technology company, said they are partnering on projects ranging from entertainment to enterprise toolkits using 5G, MEC and Unity’s real-time 3D technology.

There now are ten markets in which Verizon has rolled out the MEC platform. The two most recent additions – at the beginning of the year – are Denver and Seattle. Previously, the platform was made available in Boston, the San Francisco Bay area, Atlanta, Dallas, Las Vegas, Miami, New York City and Washington, DC.

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