Verizon Business is partnering with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), a U.S. Dept. of Energy Lab, to explore 5G use cases designed to bolster national security and energy efficiency and to advance scientific discovery. PNNL specializes in advanced mobile research and development.

The use of Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband at the PNNL’s Richland WA location will help educate the lab’s federal sponsors on the impact and potential of 5G. “With Verizon, we plan to explore how cybersecurity will underpin 5G for critical infrastructure and how 5G will drive transformation in the protection of endpoint devices, advancement of artificial intelligence, the science behind autonomous systems and related internet of things applications,” Scott Godwin, PNNL’s general manager of Corporate Partnerships & Alliances, said in a press release. “This partnership fits squarely with PNNL’s commitment to explore the capability of new science and technology to further safety and security worldwide.”

Verizon 5G Use Cases
The carrier says that its work at PNNL is part of a broader strategy to work with customers, startups, universities and large enterprises “to explore how 5G can disrupt and transform nearly every industry.” The carrier has six labs – one in London and five in the United States – aimed at this goal. It also is deploying 5G labs on premise for several customers.

As Verizon and other carriers build and deploy 5G networks, the goal now is to make sure that consumers, businesses and the government have ample reason to use them. Late last month, Verizon said that it is partnering with the Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub (EHIH). Research will focus on using Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband for AR/VR.

In a dramatically different potential use case than medicine, Verizon, Verizon 5G Labs and Dignitas are using the network to enhance esports. The goals are to improve participants’ performance and recovery and to enable innovative fan/participant interactions. The first esports training facility is at Verizon’s 5G lab. It will serve as Dignitas’ west coast headquarters and home to its league of champions.

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