Verizon Wireless opens Innovation Centre near Boston

Verizon Wireless today officially opened an Innovation Centre in suburban Boston where 300 engineers and developers will create and build connected products that rely on Verizon's fast LTE network

WALTHAM, Mass. -- Verizon Wireless officially opened an Innovation Centre in suburban Boston on Tuesday where 300 engineers and developers will create and build connected products that rely on Verizon's fast LTE network.

"The pace of innovation is continuing to accelerate and LTE is a signature factor in driving innovation," Verizon Wireless CEO Dan Mead told reporters and other officials at the opening. "No one has a monopoly on good ideas.... We intend to encourage all new ideas."

Verizon Wireless CTO David Small said not all the products created and tested at the Verizon Innovation Centre will make it to market.

The Waltham facility will be devoted to products for LTE wireless networks, while a sister Application Innovation Centre will be opened in a month in San Francisco. That center will be a place for 6,000 application developers associated with Verizon Wireless to test out their ideas, Small said.

The Waltham centre will create products that include smartphones , tablets and applications that affect consumers and businesses. Products affecting doctors and students could also be created, as well as machine-to-machine devices that work in cars and homes toimprove energy efficiency.

According to Mead, the driving idea behind the two facilities is: "What would you do if you could connect wirelessly to anything you use or any utility that you have? We're excited by not what we see, but what we expect to come in the future."

Demonstrations in labs at the new Waltham centre were planned for later today. The center comprises two buildings, including a 60,000-square-foot building that opened today with showcase spaces and an older 135,000-square-foot space housing offices and labs.

Matt Hamblen covers mobile and wireless, smartphones and other handhelds, and wireless networking for Computerworld. Follow Matt on Twitter at @matthamblen or subscribe to Matt's RSS feed . His e-mail address is mhamblen@computerworld.com .

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