Verizon, Ericsson Announce Verizon 5G Robotics Challenge

Verizon, along with Ericsson and the Mass Tech Leadership Council, announced the launch of the Verizon 5G Robotics Challenge.

The Verizon 5G Robotics Challenge is aimed at universities, startups, and other developers in the greater Boston area to “create 5G-powered robotics technologies that will transform modern industry.” UP to 10 teams will share $300,000 in grant funding ($30,000 each) to help them achieve their concepts, the companies said in a statement.

Teams can create systems in three areas – industrial automation, collaborative robots (cobots), and warehouse automation. In addition to the grant money, teams will have access to dedicated 5G networks at Verizon’s 5G Cambridge Lab and 5G Waltham Lab. Training and mentorship will be offered from Verizon and Ericsson, as well as “support teams within the local robotics community to bring their concepts to life.”

“There’s no area more prepared for positive 5G disruption than the manufacturing industry” said Thierry Sender, director of IoT Product Strategy and Technology Enablement at Verizon. “5G will deliver never before seen enhancements and improvements to all aspects of industry. The Verizon 5G Robotics Challenge will explore solutions that will deliver on that disruption.”

Proposals for the Verizon challenge will be accepted online from today through Dec. 9, 2018.

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