Verizon's Innovation Center fast-tracks concept products

Verizon Innovation CenterVerizon Wireless' (NYSE:VZ) newly renovated  Innovation Center in San Francisco sits near the city's business center in an office overlooking San Francisco Bay. Slightly more than two years old, the center is focused on helping small businesses incorporate wireless technology into their products and aims to bring concept products to market within six to eight months. Verizon shares its expertise in areas such as cloud computing, security, telematics and RF signaling for free with potential partner companies. FierceWireless toured the center this week and met with Gagan Puranik, associate director of Innovation Centers at Verizon who oversees the San Francisco center as well as a similar center in Waltham, Mass. For an look into Verizon's Innovation Center in the Golden State, see this exclusive slideshow.