The biggest wireless carrier in the United States is teaming up with a couple of tech giants in order to conduct 5G trials during the upcoming Indianapolis 500, which happens this weekend. Indeed, Verizon Wireless, as well as Ericsson and Intel, are looking to demo pre-standardized 5G by way of a 5G powered connected home set up near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The 5G trials will actually be scheduled one day before this year’s historic running (which, by the way, is the 101st of the Indy 500’s illustrious history). With regards to the 5G powered connected house, it will be utilizing a gateway that is based on Intel’s 5G Mobile Trial Platform. This platform will be streaming races live i both 4K 360 degree video format and in virtual reality (VR), taking full advantage of multi-gbps network connection speeds with very minimal latency. The 5G powered connected home is located in Speedway, Indiana, and this coming May 24th at 1:30 PM Eastern Standard time, a live demo of the house’s capabilities will be streamed on Facebook (those interested better start bookmarking this link now).
Verizon Wireless (through the help of its tech partners) is certainly eager to showcase what its upcoming 5G network offering will bring. 5G is said to deliver connection speeds of up to a hundred times faster than today’s 4G LTE. And because 5G is capable of supporting high bandwidth uploads, it may well help expedite the a true Internet of Things future, wherein all sorts of connected gadgets, virtual reality and even augmented reality (AR) mobile apps, as well as cloud based security cameras can all co-exist together.
What about the Indy 500? What can 5G do to make the race a better experience for everybody? Well, apart from the live streaming of the race event itself, each race car and its driver participating in the contest will be connected to hundreds of sensors that gather and stream unimaginable volumes of information. And of course, the Big Red will also be featuring a 5G connected car at the Indy 500.
While conducting a 5G mobility test, Verizon Wireless was actually able to achieve broadband speeds of more than 6.4 gbps inside a vehicle moving at speeds of over 60 miles per hour. According to the Big Red, this was accomplished through beam tracking, a function that is able to transmit data in a more direct manner unto a specific recipient.
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