Verizon unveils first results from 5G new application testing

20 November 2020
Ghost Robotics is using 5G to establish robot-to-robot communications without external intervention. Source: Verizon

Verizon and Newlab launched a 5G Studio earlier this year with the goal to support the development of new applications geared to work with 5G, the next generation wireless technology.

The companies announced the results from the first cohort of companies developing applications that could run on Verizon’s 5G network. Verizon deployed its 5G network and mobile edge compute platform at Newlab’s headquarters at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, allowing companies to use the network to advance new applications that can take advantage of 5G’s high download speeds, low latency and high bandwidth.

The 5G Studio’s first cohort of startups and test results include:

Exyn Technologies

Exyn is a company developing agnostic intelligent autonomy for robotic systems. The company leveraged 5G to provide near-real-time persistent data streams that could not be done using 4G networks. Exyn plans to use 5G in robotic autonomy and data collection in communication challenged environments.

Ghost Robotics

Ghost Robotics is developing legged robotics and autonomous unmanned ground vehicles for military, homeland, public safety and enterprise applications. Using the 5G network, the company was able to establish robot-to-robot communications without external intervention and boosted performance and efficiency of robots in the field.

Vecna Robotics

Vecna is developing autonomous mobile robots for warehouse management systems. The company used 5G to demonstrate a cloud-based architecture and deployed systems rapidly while teleoperating the robots using virtual reality. Additionally, the company processed non-critical functions and machine learning in the cloud.

Phantom Auto

This company is designing remote control, autonomous vehicles through a long-range teleoperation platform. 5G allows Phantom to increase its total network bandwidth availability, reduce network latency and enhance security and control. It also allows the company to offer new features to scale their unmanned operations.

Ponto Care

Ponto Care is developing exam kits to patients and broadcasting live to a doctor via augmented reality. Using 5G, the company was able to remotely supervise and guide complex exams in near-real-time and high definition. This allows doctors to deliver safe care to patients that do not have access to equipped exam rooms.


Foam is a blockchain network for crowdsourcing maps and decentralized location services such as secure location verification and localization for internet of things (IoT) devices and product tracking. Foam used 5G to authenticate locations of various objects on blockchain in near-rear-time without sensors by using 5G mobile edge compute to run an Ethereum client that connects to the blockchain.

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