Verizon has been inviting industry leaders to come up with 5G use cases in specialized labs across the country. However, its new partnership with Corning (opens in new tab), the makers of Corning® Gorilla® Glass and advanced optical communications, allows Verizon to demonstrate the real-life impact of 5G technology right now. This will be done by deploying and testing the effects of a 5G network in one of Corning's largest manufacturing facilities.
5G in manufacturing
Verizon and Corning aim to confront the imperfections of a factory environment. And the US operator has equipped a Corning fibre factory with its Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband B2B service. It is believed that 5G will be used to control autonomous guided vehicles, real-time supply chain tracking, and product inspection.
Therefore, in factories, humans could be replaced with self-driving cars and robots. Real-time video monitoring of goods would also be a possibility, which will lead to better security.
“We're going to start seeing the value”
Claudio Mazzalli, Corning's vice president of technology, discussed the financial impact of 5G in factories.
"As artificial intelligence starts using this data and improving our process, making our processes more efficient, that's when we're going to start seeing the value," Mazzalli said. "We are not speculating right now, but I can tell you that this question is a very important question for us. We don't want to start just adding devices everywhere if we don't see the value."
Tami Erwin, CEO of Verizon Business Group, was buoynt about the benefits of 5G, stating: "There isn't a company in the world that doesn't want to talk to Verizon right now, because they understand the power and potential of 5G."
5G will make huge changes in the world of technology and Verizon is determined to show the world exactly what those changes will be.