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5G lab backs IoT firms working in logistics, automotive, healthcare and robotics

5G Open Innovation Lab also supporting IoT lifecycle management, eSIM specialists

The Seattle-based 5G Open Innovation Lab, which bills itself as an “applied innovation ecosystem,” this week announced its third round of participating companies. Among the 15 companies selected, there’s a strong focus on not just IoT applications for vertical industries but also for broader management and networking aspects of IoT. The 5G Open Innovation Lab was founded and is backed by Amdocs, Dell Technologies, F5, Intel, Microsoft, NASA, T-Mobile and VMware.

On the vertical application side, selected IoT firms include:

  • Blue White Robotics which provides a management platform for fleets of autonomous vehicles for use in agriculture and public safety.
  • Continual works with automotive OEMs to pull in and analyze data from connected vehicles in an effort to “[improve] the connected journey experience of drivers, passengers, and subscribers on the move.”
  • NavTrac uses computer vision systems to optimize “yard management,” which refers to logistical machinations like drayage, warehousing, container yard operations, and port facilities.
  • And Proximie, a platform that allows doctors and other clinicians to share best practices with an eye on compiling knowledge to improve patient outcomes.

Proximie Founder and CEO Nadine Hachach-Haram, in a press statement, explained the role of 5G in compiling and sharing patient data. It will “play a central role in creating better connected healthcare systems. If fostered correctly it will ensure the best technologies and innovations are made more freely accessible to patients all over the world.”

Hachach-Haram said the resources made available through the 5G Open Innovation Lab “will help us to connect to other great technologies and business leaders in order to continually improve patient outcomes and, ultimately, save more lives.”

A step up from the applications, 5G Open Innovation Lab is also working with IoT companies more focused on broader solutions that speak to deploying and managing these types of solutions. Simetric provides IoT lifecycle management via a platform “that simplifies complex data stream from large-scale, connected devices into a single-pane format you can access, understand, and act on with ease.” Also in the mix is Teal, an IoT services firm that uses an eSIM platform to manage devices moving between public and private networks.

Jim Brisimitzis, lab general partner, said, “Our program set out to develop the software ecosystem for 5G and edge computing. Our third batch combines the best of applications and infrastructure companies that will power use cases and important edge computing capabilities. The diversity of stages, use cases, and technology of this batch demonstrates the program’s evolution and ability to attract a range of companies.”

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