Innovation Found Deep Inside Solutions

A closer look at how technology products work.

By Debi Lewis on February 25, 2013

Just as innovation can often be found buried deep inside companies, it is often found deep within products and solutions. The glossy exterior belies the work and components of every great product.

Precision watch making remains an art and the province of the Swiss. Even today there is a push to ensure that more than half of all components in fine timepieces produced in Switzerland come from Swiss manufacturers. And, builders who develop and market environmentally-friendly homes use materials like paint and insulation that are on the cutting-edge of the construction trade.

Electronic devices have long harbored innovation deep inside them as well. Televisions have gone from heavy, bulky boxes with vacuum tubes to sleek do-everything monitors that are barely an inch thick hang on a wall.

The wireless industry has transformed as a result of innovation, too. Over time, chipsets and radios became increasingly smaller, leading to phones that could fit the palm of a hand. For machine-to-machine and other connected solutions, choosing the right wireless components at the outset can mean the difference of months or even years to bring a product to market.

Verizon’s Innovation Program offers companies a path to test their solutions and pre-certify those solutions for commercial use. A special lab set up in Waltham, Mass., provides an environment for engineers to explore different scenarios including which antennae works better with which modules, leading to critical manufacturing choices and a shorter time to market. The lab also simulates real-world situations on 3G or 4G LTE networks to see how the product performs in different circumstances, all without impacting a commercial network. Solutions as varied as routers designed for enterprise use, telepresence robots and products for professional broadcasters that will use 4G LTE as a way to transmit video have benefitted from the pre-certification process.

Collaboration and intelligence sharing between companies both large and small have helped spur innovative technologies to find answers to critical social issues from education to health care to the environment.