National Small Business Week
The Small Business Administration, based in Washington, D.C., has designated this week (June 17 to June 21) National Small Business Week.To celebrate the contributions of small businesses, Verizon will share the stories of several companies over the next week at news.verizonwireless.com.
From the single proprietor to established organizations, small businesses are using the power of mobile technology to improve operations and serve their customers. Check back daily to learn about the innovative ways these small business leaders are utilizing wireless technology.

National Small Business Week

The Small Business Administration, based in Washington, D.C., has designated this week (June 17 to June 21) National Small Business Week.

To celebrate the contributions of small businesses, Verizon will share the stories of several companies over the next week at news.verizonwireless.com.

From the single proprietor to established organizations, small businesses are using the power of mobile technology to improve operations and serve their customers. Check back daily to learn about the innovative ways these small business leaders are utilizing wireless technology.


Virtual Tour of the Verizon Innovation Center

 

Verizon established its Innovation Program to encourage the growth and development of the 4G LTE ecosystem and to uncover ways to wirelessly connect just about anything. 

Verizon’s Innovation Program now has more than 200 participants and, to date, more than 30 products on the market, ranging from digital jukeboxes and telepresence robots to routers and gateways embedded with 4G LTE connectivity. The recently-introduced Verizon 4G LTE Router is one of the first solutions from the Innovation Program to be sold in Verizon Wireless stores. Much of the work is concentrated at the Verizon Innovation Center in Waltham, Mass. In addition to providing opportunities to demonstrate and showcase solutions, the Center is also home to working labs, where engineers from Verizon and participant companies work side-by-side to develop, test and refine solutions. 

Nearing the two-year anniversary of its official opening in July 2011, Verizon’s Innovation Center in Massachusetts has hosted hundreds of customers, prospective collaborators, and companies both large and small, who have seen the kinds of solutions that are possible. The Center in Waltham has also won prestigious awards, including being named a World Class Center by the Association of Briefing Program Managers and receiving LEED Gold certification.

 

 

Verizon Wireless Empowers Paterson, NJ Youth

Verizon and their Education Empowerment Program, with the help of the Paterson Public School and the Board of Education of Paterson, selected 20 students to compete in a competition to develop a new marketing plan for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2. Partnering with Samsung and SOTI, the School of Business, Technology, Marketing and Finance as a part of the John F. Kennedy High School in Paterson, NJ presented 20 students with Galaxy Tab 2 devices to help them with their marketing plans which will involve creating a plan and a video showcasing the very device that they will be using.

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The program will focus on mobile learning and using technology in the everyday life to prepare them for higher education as well as the workforce. The goal is to have the program prepare the students for college and career success. Verizon will be providing the 20 students with free service during their 4 months with the devices and of course prizes for the best marketing plan. June 2013 is when the program will commence. The students, Verizon and a panel of judges will choose just 3 finalist of the 20 students. Voting will be online and open to the public to determine first, second, and third place winners.

Verizon has previously worked with other schools in Boston, MA and Newark, NJ.

For more info on this and other Verizon Wireless initiatives, check out http://news.verizonwireless.com/ 

Introducing Verizon’s Powerful Answers Award

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Last week, Verizon launched its Powerful Answers Award, an effort to discover ideas that deliver the best new solutions in three core areas of focus: education, healthcare and sustainability. The program is intended to spark innovative thinking and problem solving across industries and to generate ideas, solutions and answers for some of the world’s biggest challenges.


Winners, who will be announced in 2014 CES, will be chosen in each core focus area, with the top prize being $1 million and additional prizes of $850,000, $700,000, $500,000 and $285,000. Full details can be found on www.powerfulanswersaward.com or follow the conversation on twitter @VZWNews and use #VZPAA

4G LTE Continuing to Grow in 2013

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4G LTE is reaching beyond smartphones and tablets to transform a range of industries and affect everyday living. The speed of 4G LTE has created new opportunities for innovative companies to explore and invent. At 2013 CES, attendees previewed a connected mattress that monitors sleep patterns, a new football helmet that the records and transmits information on the hits a player sustains on the field, and a connected carthat took a step closer to becoming the “ultimate mobile device.

As 2013 unfolds, the impact of 4G LTE in our daily lives will continue to grow. Tablets are changing how and where people watch TV shows, connect with friends and families, and how they do business.  Rural areas with limited broadband access are finding new avenues to the Web.

The innovation of 4G LTE has already left a permanent mark on modern life, and what’s next promises to be exciting.

For more on 4G LTE and what it matters, click here

Take a Virtual tour of Verizon’s CES Booth

CES is wrapping up today and if you didn’t get to cruise the show floor, Verizon is bringing the show to you. Using Livestream’s Broadcaster, a devices that allows videographers to broadcast live video to the web directly from their camera, you will get to tour the Verizon booth and see all the innovative new products on display including Cisco’s connected athlete, Diebold’s ATM of the future and Verizon’s LTE Broadcast. To begin the tour, click here

Tech news site GigaOM toured The Verizon booth yesterday as well and said “the company is using the venue to show off partner products from its Innovations Center, illustrating the benefits of connectivity where you’d least expect.” For more on their experience, click here

Take a Virtual tour of Verizon’s CES Booth

CES is wrapping up today and if you didn’t get to cruise the show floor, Verizon is bringing the show to you. Using Livestream’s Broadcaster, a devices that allows videographers to broadcast live video to the web directly from their camera, you will get to tour the Verizon booth and see all the innovative new products on display including Cisco’s connected athlete, Diebold’s ATM of the future and Verizon’s LTE Broadcast. To begin the tour, click here

Tech news site GigaOM toured The Verizon booth yesterday as well and said “the company is using the venue to show off partner products from its Innovations Center, illustrating the benefits of connectivity where you’d least expect.” For more on their experience, click here


Verizon LTE Innovation Center Turns One

Celebrating a year of making progress with 4G LTE.

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Nearly 20 products, ranging from modules to routers to robots, have come through Verizon’s Innovation Program since last year, with dozens more on the horizon. Many of these are the building blocks to bigger solutions in the machine to machine space, embedding the power, speed and possibilities that come with 4G LTE.

To learn more about Verizon LTE Innovation Center click through.

Verizon’s Climate-Related Innovation Recognized in Maplecroft Climate Innovation Index


Verizon has been named to the Maplecroft Climate Innovation Index, a list of 100 top performing companies in the U.S. selected for their climate-related innovation and carbon-management programs. Verizon is ranked No. 50 overall, up from No. 61 in the last ranking and up from No. 97 in the initial ranking in 2009.

"We are proud to see this progress recognized by Maplecroft, and are thrilled by our continued rise in the rankings," said Jim Gowen, Verizon chief sustainability officer.

Click through to learn more.

After surgery, a robot may be at your side In quest for efficiency, savings, hospital is testing at-home mechanical monitors

When Erin Tally took Aidan, her 2-year-old son, home from Children’s Hospital Boston on the day after his urinary surgery, she brought along a new friend: a 4-foot-6, 17-pound, two-wheeled robot to help care for her recovering child. Overthe course of  two weeks and five video consultations, the robot, made by Vgo Communications Inc., of Nashua, eliminated the need for Tally to drive Aidan into Boston every three days for post-surgical checkups.

Vgo Communications worked with Verizon Wireless’s Innovation Program center in Waltham, where the telecom company helps incubate new technologies, to embed Verizon’s cellular communications technology into the robots. Through its connection to the cellular network, a Vgo does not need to rely on Internet broadband connections.

“Eventually, I see a whole fleet of these robots being sent home with patients,’’ said Dr. Hiep T. Nguyen, an associate professor at Harvard Medical School and director of Children’s Hospital’s Robotic Surgery Research and Training Center. “With this technology, we’re going to be able to replace hospital monitoring with home-based monitoring.’’

For more information, please see boston.com.

New Video Available From Verizon’s Developer Community Conference

Check out video from the Third Annual Verizon Developer Community (VDC) Conferenceat the ARIA Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, featuring highlights ofthe opening session with remarks by keynote speaker Marni Walden, VicePresident and Chief Marketing Officer of Verizon Wireless, and other sessions.

The VDC Conference provides mobile application developers with an update on Verizon Wireless’ overall strategy around the application ecosystem and the developer portal. Topics of discussion were mobile commerce, connected devices, application programming interfaces (APIs) and other network enablers and opportunities for developers in vertical markets. Special sessions devoted to the company’s recently opened LTE Innovation Center in Waltham,

Massachusetts, and Application Innovation Center in San Francisco were also
offered. Executives from Verizon Wireless and its partners addressed
the marketing, merchandising and technical resources available to
members of the VDC.

Developers can get the latest news and information on the VDC by
visiting http://developer.verizon.com/.

For more information please see:
http://news.vzw.com/news/2011/09/pr2011-09-14o.htm