Verizon outs 5G-beaming THOR F650 truck for first responders
Verizon is trying to crush AT&T's Aerostat its competition in the first respondents' services realm by various means such as dedicated network capacity, devices and plans, but nothing beats a good ol' Ford F650.
That's right, Verizon Frontline, its advanced network and technology initiative dedicated specifically to first responders that has been around for more than 30 years, now has a modern tool to fight with when disaster strikes.
The monstrous Ford F650 is actually a dedicated 5G Ultrawide Band delivery system disguised as a bright red truck, aptly named the THOR (Tactical Humanitarian Operations Response) vehicle.
The truck is jam-packed with 5G connectivity and drone technology, and is able to provide "public safety agencies or the Department of Defense with high-quality communications and applications under nearly any conditions." In other words, in wildfires and deep freezes, or on the battlefield, Verizon's THOR truck can beam private 5G signal towards hard-to-reach places, where the communication networks have been damaged.
The THOR prototype was crafted with input from the Pentagon’s NavalX and the SoCal TechBridge projects, and we can only imagine that these trucks would soon be seen covering scenarios like the network breakdown during the big Texas freeze not long ago. In any case, THOR looks pretty svelte for a disaster-oriented 5G-beaming machine, what do you think?