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Jukebox hero: Some of the 52,000 digital TouchTunes jukeboxes installed around the U.S. use wireless broadband for ease of installation and billing.

As an example, he points to the Buick’s rear license plate. A video camera just above the plate can be programmed to dispatch a blast of streaming video when the car is bumped. You’d get a message on your smart phone and an image of who hit you, he says. Similarly, cameras inside the car could let you see how many teenagers piled in after junior borrowed the keys, he adds.

An electric meter rigged with an LTE radio chip, he says, would initially do low-bandwidth tasks such as sending reports on kilowatt-hours used. But it could also be the basis of wider services offered by your power utility, such as home security monitoring. While wired security cameras could be cut off by physically severing a cable, wireless cameras are more tamper-proof.

“Now these guys have a gateway; if they want to add water metering, and gas metering, and multiple nannycams, they can do all of that,” says Atreya. “They could even end up offering broadband service to the home, because they have X amount of data left.”

The Verizon center previously hosted a prototype deployment of an LTE network before that network was commercially deployed in December 2010. The company has demonstrated more than 30 products there. Partners include Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Cisco, and Samsung Mobile. 

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