Travelers | November 24, 2022
The Travelers Institute, the public policy division of The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRV), today released “Every Second Matters®: Reducing Distracted Driving, One Voice at a Time,” an educational guide published in partnership with Cambridge Mobile Telematics (CMT), the world’s largest telematics company.
“The guide highlights new statistics that show how risky driving behaviors, such as speeding and texting behind the wheel, accelerated during the pandemic,” said Joan Woodward, President of the Travelers Institute and Executive Vice President of Public Policy at Travelers. “Throughout the report, we provide an eye-opening account of the dangers of distraction and arm drivers with important resources for staying safe on the road.”
The Every Second Matters guide outlines steps motorists can take to improve their driving habits, including:
Adopt a professional driver’s mindset: Hands on wheel, eyes on road, mind on driving.
Don’t be a distraction: According to the 2022 Travelers Risk Index, nearly 80% of drivers make or take calls while driving, so avoid becoming the distraction – don’t call or text employees, family members and friends while they are on the road.
Activate “Do Not Disturb”: Use this setting while driving to silence notifications and avoid distractions.
Speak up: Let risky drivers know of their dangerous behavior and encourage others to do the same when they are passengers in a car.
Get feedback: Consider enrolling in a telematics program that provides feedback as well as incentives for driving safely.
The report also highlights the benefits of telematics programs. Data from CMT shows that drivers who open their telematics app more than three times a week are 65% safer and 57% less distracted than those who don’t.
“Telematics programs are changing behaviors and reducing distractions on the road,” said Ryan McMahon, Senior Vice President of Strategy at CMT. “By joining a telematics program, drivers are learning about their habits and improving roadway safety for all. Consumers are seeing these benefits, and telematics programs are more popular than ever as a result.”
Other key findings from CMT include:
More than 35% of car trips involve some type of phone distraction.
More than 35% of distracted driving happens over 50 mph.
The most distracted drivers are 2.2 times more likely to crash than the least distracted drivers.
Through the Every Second Matters distracted driving education initiative, the Travelers Institute publishes materials and hosts events that encourage drivers, passengers, cyclists and pedestrians to play an active role in changing roadway behaviors.
To learn more about the Travelers Institute and read the Every Second Matters educational guide, visit travelersinstitute.org.
About Cambridge Mobile Telematics
Cambridge Mobile Telematics (CMT) is the world’s largest telematics service provider. Its mission is to make the world’s roads and drivers safer. The company’s AI-driven platform, DriveWell®, gathers sensor data from millions of IoT devices — including smartphones, proprietary Tags, connected vehicles, dashcams, and third-party devices — and fuses them with contextual data to create a unified view of vehicle and driver behavior. Companies from personal and commercial auto insurance, automotive, rideshare, smart cities, wireless, financial services, and family safety industries use insights from CMT’s platform to power their risk assessment, safety, claims, and driver improvement programs. Headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with offices in Budapest, Chennai, Seattle and Tokyo, CMT serves millions of people through 80 programs in 18 countries, including 21 of the top 25 US auto insurers. For more information, visit cmtelematics.com.
About the Travelers Institute
The Travelers Institute, the public policy division of The Travelers Companies, Inc., engages in discussion and analysis of public policy topics of importance to the insurance marketplace and to the financial services industry more broadly. The Travelers Institute draws upon the industry expertise of Travelers’ senior management as well as the technical expertise of many of Travelers’ underwriters, risk managers and other experts to provide information, analysis and solutions to public policymakers and regulators. Travelers is a leading provider of property casualty insurance for auto, home and business.
Comcast Corporation | September 13, 2022
Global network intelligence and connectivity insights leader, Ookla has named Xfinity the fastest Internet provider in Illinois. The recently published Speedtest Global Index rankings, based upon consumer testing of Internet services in the United States in Q2 2022 through Ookla’s speed test website, showed Xfinity coming out on top in 12 states across the country, more than any other provider by a wide margin.
Xfinity’s median consumer tested download speeds of 184 megabits per second (Mbps) across Illinois were faster than competitor’s consumer speeds. Ookla’s report provides a real-time view into the Internet speeds that consumers are actually experiencing based on the service tiers they select.
“Consumers are using more connected devices in their homes than ever before, We’ve invested billions into our network to deliver our fastest speeds throughout the Illinois and across the country. We are committed to delivering the best possible connectivity experience and will continue to exceed our customers’ growing demand for fast, reliable, and secure Internet connections.”
Comcast Regional Senior Vice President John Crowley
Xfinity Internet provides an unbeatable connectivity experience with the fastest download speeds, advanced cybersecurity protection, and total control over all the devices connected over WiFi in the home. Recently, Comcast began rolling out its Supersonic Gateway, capable of delivering speeds faster than a Gig and three times more capacity to connect hundreds of devices simultaneously. The new Supersonic WiFi gateway is WiFi 6E capable and is now available to Xfinity Internet Gigabit and Ultrafast customers across the U.S.
Faster speeds will be just one of the consumer benefits made possible through Comcast’s continued efforts to evolve its entire network to 10G. 10G is a next-generation technology platform supported by a global collaboration of companies in the Internet industry focused on building networks that stay ahead of consumer demand for connectivity. In addition to enabling multi-gig symmetrical connections, 10G efforts will provide even greater network reliability, lower latency, faster troubleshooting, and increased energy efficiency. More information about the industry’s efforts toward a 10G future can be found here.
About Comcast Corporation
Comcast Corporation is a global media and technology company that connects people to moments that matter. We are principally focused on connectivity, aggregation, and streaming with 57 million customer relationships across the United States and Europe. We deliver broadband, wireless, and video through our Xfinity, Comcast Business, and Sky brands; create, distribute, and stream leading entertainment, sports, and news through Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, Universal Studio Group, Sky Studios, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, multiple cable networks, Peacock, NBCUniversal News Group, NBC Sports, Sky News, and Sky Sports; and provide memorable experiences at Universal Parks and Resorts in the United States and Asia.
Verizon | November 08, 2022
Verizon Business will demonstrate the transformative benefits of its business solutions at the next installment of its 5G Innovation Sessions series, occurring at the Edge, Hudson Yards, on November 8. Executives from Verizon, Nokia, the National Hockey League (NHL), and Amazon Web Services (AWS) will demonstrate a range of forward-looking scenarios that leverage the power of Verizon 5G and Mobile Edge Compute, including real-time container tracking, collaboration robots, video scene analytics monitoring manufacturing assembly, real-time crowd analytics, and interactive cityscapes. The program includes dynamic demonstrations by Verizon and Nokia, speaker segments, and panel discussions.
“The 5G Innovation Session in New York will give our customers the opportunity to see the next wave of 5G innovations in person, They’ll experience real-world scenarios through dynamic demonstrations and have the opportunity to speak with leaders about the practical applications of edge computing and private networks. They’ll have a chance to discover the many possibilities to optimize and future-proof their businesses and really experience Enterprise Intelligence firsthand.”
Iris Meijer, Senior Vice President, Business Marketing and Revenue Operations, Verizon Business
The event will be held at the Edge, located at 30 Hudson Yards in New York City, featuring several prominent executives including Massimo Peselli, Chief Revenue Officer, Global Enterprise and Public Sector, Verizon Business; Jennifer Artley, Senior Vice President, 5G Acceleration, Verizon Business; Iris Meijer, Senior Vice President of Business Marketing and Revenue Operations, Verizon Business; Danny Johnson, Director, Product Marketing, Verizon Business; Mark Tina, Vice President, Business Sales, Verizon Business; David De Lancellotti, Vice President, Global Sales, Nokia; Jason Elliott, Head of Cross Portfolio Solutions and Ecosystem Marketing, Nokia; David Lehanski, Executive Vice President, Business Development & Innovation, NHL; and Anil Lalwani, Principal Product Manager, AWS.
“Nokia is thrilled to partner with Verizon Business, showcasing our market-leading private wireless networks which transform operations,” said Brian Fitzgerald, Head of Verizon Business at Nokia. “This state-of-the-art technology unlocks an array of Industry 4.0 use cases such as situational analysis, 5G Edge Cloud analytics, IoT automation, and immersive robotics.”
Verizon’s Commitment to New York City
Verizon invested nearly $4.6 billion dollars in the state of New York in 2021. That investment resulted in new macro cell sites, small cell sites and cellular repeaters which added coverage and capacity to the network and is helping to manage the ever-increasing data usage from NY customers. That capital investment along with Verizon’s 2022 investment fueled the deployment of 5G Ultra Wideband across NY including in Long Island, NYC, Albany, Syracuse, Rochester, and the greater Buffalo area. Verizon's 5G service also enhances the customer experience in sports and entertainment venues in NY including CitiField, MSG, the Bills Stadium, The National Tennis Center and many more. In addition to deploying 5G Ultra Wideband, network investment was used to increase capacity and coverage on Verizon’s 4G network which will continue to support customers’ use long into the future. Additionally, Verizon's investment fueled growth of FIOS service in all five boroughs in NYC, Long Island and in Upstate NY, and led to increased 2 gigabit upload and download speeds for customers in NYC.
Over the last decade, working through nonprofit partners and a suite of programs and resources, Verizon Innovative Learning has committed $1 billion in market value to support digital equity and inclusion within education for some of the most vulnerable populations across the country. The initiative is celebrating 10 years of providing free technology, internet access and resources to schools and educators across America, including Title I schools.
In New York City, over 26,000 students have been reached across 29 schools through the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools program. This academic year, the program has welcomed over 3,500 new students in the NYC Department of Education school district.
Additionally, all educators and students have access to Verizon Innovative Learning HQ, our free next-gen online education portal that provides XR content, professional development, and lesson plans. These efforts are part of Citizen Verizon, the company’s responsible business plan for economic, environmental and social advancement. Through Citizen Verizon, the company has a goal to provide 10 million youths with digital skills training by 2030.
Verizon realizes the importance of technology in helping small businesses succeed, which is why the company has a goal to support 1M small businesses by 2030. Verizon Small Business Digital Ready, a free online curriculum, was designed to give small businesses the tools they need to thrive in today’s digital economy, including access to personalized lesson plans, coaching from experts and networking opportunities with diverse, industry-specific businesses. Since its launch in September 2021, more than 6,000 New York-based businesses have been onboarded to the program.
Supporting first responders who serve New York
During 2021, the Verizon Frontline Crisis Response Team deployed multiple times in support of public safety agencies in New York to provide mission-critical communications capabilities to the first responders on the front lines of emergency response operations. Verizon Frontline devices and solutions ranging from mobile hotspots, routers, smart devices and drones, to deployable satellite solutions, such as Satellite Picocells on Trailers (SPOTs), were deployed in support of New York first responders.
This support has continued during 2022, as the Verizon Frontline Crisis Response Team has already participated in several public safety operations and training events alongside New York public safety agencies. This ongoing support is provided at no cost to local agencies and represents a continuation of Verizon Frontline’s commitment to investing and innovating in partnership with public safety and government.
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Additionally, Verizon now has wireless home and business internet services, powered by 5G Ultra Wideband, in New York City, Jersey City, NJ and Hoboken, NJ. Over 1 million consumer and business customers now have access to Verizon’s fixed wireless offerings, making it the fastest growing part of the business.
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About the 5G Innovation Sessions
Verizon’s 5G Innovation Sessions have so far taken place in Atlanta (July), Houston (August), Boston (September), and Los Angeles (October). The final installment of the series will occur in Phoenix on December 6. The events cover a range of themes, including Managed Venue, Fixed Wireless Access, Private 5G, and Mobile Edge Compute.
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) was formed on June 30, 2000 and is one of the world’s leading providers of technology and communications services. Headquartered in New York City and with a presence around the world, Verizon generated revenues of $133.6 billion in 2021. The company offers data, video and voice services and solutions on its award-winning networks and platforms, delivering on customers’ demand for mobility, reliable network connectivity, security and control.
EdgeQ | November 04, 2022
EdgeQ Inc, a leader in 5G wireless infrastructure, and Vodafone, a leading telecommunications mobile operator in Open Radio Access network (ORAN), have partnered to develop the next generation, software-programmable 5G ORAN platforms. The collaboration leverages upon ORAN to deliver the world’s first open programmable, fully in-line L1 acceleration card capable of supporting multi-carrier, massive MIMO. This massively integrated platform uniquely converges the entire 4G/5G Physical layer onto a single card to address the 5G macro cell deployments.
A pioneer of ORAN, Vodafone is innovating on a new class of software-defined, compute platforms that converge 4G and 5G in-line acceleration to deliver high performance, high efficiency, and cost-effective solutions. By leveraging EdgeQ’s fully hardened ORAN 4G/5G PHY, and support for the evolving ORAN Alliance principles for open architectures and specifications, the accelerator card converges compute and connectivity in a compact and scalable platform.
“Vodafone remains committed as a market leader in driving massive 5G ORAN deployments. We see EdgeQ enriching the ORAN ecosystem with its high capacity in-line L1 acceleration card, bringing fresh thinking and innovation to the overall industry. EdgeQ enables operators like Vodafone to simply operationalize ORAN,”
Paco Martin, Head of OpenRAN, Network Architecture, Vodafone
By compacting 4G, 5G, networking, and cloud functionalities into a single-chip, EdgeQ enables a highly dense, highly scalable ORAN solution that supports multi-carrier, multi-tenet, and multi-users. The scalable architecture packs an unprecedented throughput, all within a compact power envelope.
“Our partnership with Vodafone elevates the aspirations of OpenRAN. We are able to assemble best-of-breed hardware and software solutions to set new industry benchmarks. This in turn enables operators to embrace a holistic 4G-5G platform that is frictionlessly scalable, massively integrated, but yet openly customizable,” said Vinay Ravuri, CEO and Founder of EdgeQ.
EdgeQ's founding principles of an open, configurable 5G platform is premised on the fundamental spirit of Open RAN that empowers operators with optionality and customizable solutions. The announcement with Vodafone coincides with the first Joint ORAN Alliance and Telecom Infra Project Conference in Madrid, signifying the growing maturity of the OpenRAN Community.
EdgeQ is a leading innovator in 5G systems-on-a-chip. The company is headquartered in Santa Clara, CA, with offices in San Diego, CA and Bangalore, India. Led by executives from Qualcomm, Intel, and Broadcom, EdgeQ is pioneering converged connectivity and AI that is fully software-customizable and programmable. The company is backed by world-renowned investors.