Bell partners with Western University for 5G research centre


Originally published by The Wire Report

Western University’s London campus will be transformed into a “living lab” as part of a partnership with BCE Inc. to test applications for the 5G network.

Bell will spend $2.7 million on the advanced 5G research centre and deploy 5G infrastructure and equipment on the campus, with the hope the partnership will bolster drone security and shape smarter cities and communications systems.

5G applications set to be studied include industrial Internet of Things use, virtual and augmented reality technology, autonomous vehicles, multi-access edge computing, battery and small cell research, machine learning and artificial intelligence, Bell and Western said in a Thursday press release.

“We continue to look for innovative partnerships that put our research community in a position to have real impact on society,” Western’s acting vice-president Sarah Prichard said in the release. “By using campus as a ‘living lab’ for new technologies like 5G, we’re offering a unique opportunity to ask a full range of important questions across disciplines.”

Researcher Mark Daley, Western’s special advisor to the president on data strategy, said connectivity was a core value of the university’s research culture.

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