Event Recap

Verizon and Newlab created the 5G Studio to support the development of next-generation applications that will transform industries such as mobility, energy, and industrial automation, and more, by leveraging Verizon’s Ultra Wideband 5G network and Mobile Edge Compute (MEC) capabilities that are core components to the Verizon network installed at Newlab. This year, seven companies were chosen to participate in the Studio’s second cohort—from autonomous robots and autonomous drone data collection, to bi-directional EV charging stations and machine learning & AI, these companies were chosen for their potential to impact their respective industries with 5G.

Join Satish Rao (Chief Product Officer, Newlab), Elise Neel (VP of New Business Incubation, Verizon), and the seven Studio participants on July 13 for an inside look into the work conducted at Newlab, and an exploration into the future of 5G in the businesses and industries that these startups represent.


  • e1ectr0n (Hillsboro, OR) enables high mix, low volume manufacturing with a compact benchtop robot platform, named “pr0t0n”, which assembles hardware with high precision on its own or collaborating with humans. e1ectr0n developed the technology and know-how to design and manufacture a series of rapidly deployable, highly flexible robots and automation solutions to meet a variety of small-scale manufacturing demands, including collaboration and teleremote operation tools in an Industry 4.0 environment networked by Verizon 5G technology.
  • Easy Aerial (Brooklyn, NY) is a leading provider of American-made, military-grade, autonomous drone-in-a-box based monitoring, inspection, and surveillance solutions for commercial, government, and military applications.
  • EVPassport (Brooklyn, NY) is a low-cost hardware and software provider of EV charging stations. They are the first company to offer a fully open API for EV charging stations, allowing businesses to increase customer engagement through EV charging.
  • Fantasmo (Los Angeles, CA) is a platform for 3D maps and hyper-accurate positioning. The demands of location-based services (e.g., e-scooter, food delivery, ride-hailing, augmented reality) have outpaced the capabilities of GPS. Fantasmo’s Camera Positioning Service (CPS) provides hyper-accurate positioning, 20x better than GPS, for any camera and works in GPS-degraded environments including cities and indoors.
  • Fermata Energy (Charlottesville, VA) was founded to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) on the road, and the transition to renewable energy on the grid. Their V2X technology turns EVs into energy storage assets, combating climate change, increasing energy resilience, and dramatically lowering the cost of EV ownership. They are the leading provider of V2X solutions specializing in the delivery of energy services from EV batteries to the home, building or energy grid — and have the only V2X system for light-duty vehicles commercially available in the US. 
  • Iterate Labs (Boston, MA) is an Industrial IoT company. Their AI-powered solution collects data from the workforce, and delivers insights for efficient factory floor operation and driving automation. Iterate Labs’ wearable “delta-1” and computer vision software digitizes workforce data, edge processes it, and uses cloud software to deliver the insights for maximizing workforce productivity, safety, and process automation.
  • Sojourn (Portland, OR) offers proprietary computer vision that enables last-mile delivery service providers to complete deliveries within a centimeter of accuracy to pinpoints determined by their customers at homes, businesses and other locations. With no additional hardware requirements, this unique system empowers both human and robotic couriers to complete delivery missions precisely to persistent pinpoints that their customers have established.