Proving the real world impact of 5G
We’re continually looking for ways to bring 5G to life, to prove its potential in realworld environments and to revolutionise the sectors where it is applied.
Working with Verizon, we’ve created a programme that aims to use 5G as a core part of the new consumer retail experience, helping to pave the way for the future of retail. Mixing 5G with immersive, the retail accelerator programme will enable a select number of retail and brand partners to work directly with leaders in the UK startup and innovator community, alongside other technology innovators to explore how 5G-enabled solutions can solve their real-world business challenges, using Verizon’s 5G and edge computing capabilities to develop prototypes.
5G’s super-fast speeds, massive bandwidth and ultra-low latency can transform industry experiences, and Verizon is already showcasing an augmented shopping experience, virtual events and experiences, smart retail shelving, intelligent asset management and AR-enabled workspace reimagining at Verizon’s London 5G Lab.
We’re empowering startups to discover, develop and test next generation connectivity through the 5G Testbed Accelerator programme. Successful adoption of 5G is all about meaningful and purposeful adoption, giving the right answer to the question of how 5G will specifically help a business. With a clear understanding of how 5G will drive a business forward to create a boundary-pushing and customer-focused outcome, the 5G Testbed Accelerator Programme provides a significant boost and potentially opens up entirely new business models.
Participants like Mativision pioneered interactive live-streamed 360 degree VR for live events using 5G to reduce broadcast latency from 45 to just four seconds and raised over £60,000. Sceenic developed an app called Watch Together that brings audiences together in a unified experience enabling them to watch and communicate using the same app, and has since worked with BT Sport and La Liga, and ori, which used the 5G testbed to accelerate the development of its solution that makes edge computing more accessible to the wider development community, enabling organisations to harness the advantages mobile edge computing provides.
Tackling urban challenges with IoT
Helping to create a universal approach to developing, procuring and deploying new services that tackle urban challenges using IoT and AI.
How do city authorities make sense of all the information they collect, and ensure they make best use of it for the benefit of their citizens, especially when there are no standardardised, universal solutions on the market? This makes it increasingly complex to deploy smart city services across multiple cities, which can be a major barrier to growth.
Funded by Horizon 2020 as a collaborative R&D project, SynchroniCity connects 34 partners from 11 countries over four continents. SynchroniCity is opening a global market, where cities and businesses develop services enabled by the internet of things and artificial intelligence improve the lives of citizens and to grow local economies.
Blending these technologies, SynchroniCity helped cities simplify the creation of new services that tackle the urban challenges they are facing, creating a harmonised marketplace for urban data and IoT enabled services. This synchronised marketplace linked 50 pilot projects and demonstrators projects in 21 cities, focusing on citizen engagement, environment and wellbeing, and sustainable mobility. Both small and large businesses with successful business models were chosen to deploy their digital solutions across digital markets.
The pilots demonstrated that by using this framework, it is possible to transfer social and environmental impact to local economic activity, as well as opening new market opportunities for both local authorities and technology service providers.
The pilot work has enabled Digital Catapult to test and mature our prototype IoT data marketplace, Urban Data Exchange, which was launched at the Smart City World Congress in Barcelona, and has now won funding to commercialise it into a business.