09 March 2018
| Alan Burkitt-Gray
The CEO of Telenor has opened a laboratory for internet of things (IoT) research and development in the city of Trondheim.
The IoT lab will work alongside an artificial intelligence
(AI) lab that the company launched a year ago, backed with
€5.2 million of funding from Telenor.
"Our two labs in Trondheim will be strengthened by each other
and will contribute to fostering digital innovation in Norway,"
said CEO Sigve Brekke, opening the new unit today.
"IoT ProtoLab will be an experimental centre for research and
innovation within the internet of things. IoT means that data
on our physical surroundings are made available in large
[quantities], which in turn fuels fantastic opportunities for
research and innovation within artificial intelligence."
The new lab will use a citywide IoT-testbed activated by
Wireless Trondheim and is connected to Telenor’s
Start IoT initiative. Users will get access to IoT devices, a
developer portal, and an experimental licensed low-power wide
access network such as narrowband IoT (NB-IoT). This will
enable piloting and developing of prototypes without large
cost, said Telenor.
Brekke said: "Artificial intelligence is perhaps the single
most important technology of our century. In the future, AI
will drive your car, revolutionise cancer treatment and make
public services more efficient. With this opening we want to
accelerate the education, research and competency building
which will be crucial for Norway’s ability to
compete in the digital future."
The IoT ProtoLab is part of a newly established community for
hardware-centric start-ups in Trondheim. A number of them will
work in the lab on solutions for anything from healthcare and
drones to smart cities. It is being run in conjunction with the
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).
Thomas Ulleberg, manager for Wireless Trondheim, which is
responsible for the daily operation of IoT ProtoLab, said: "The
mission of the IoT ProtoLab is to enable students,
entrepreneurs and established industry to be able to jointly
experiment, test and develop new solutions using
next-generation IoT technologies."
NTNU rector Gunnar Bovim said: "The IoT ProtoLab will further
accelerate the knowledge generation by contributing with
valuable data into the AI lab. It will also increase the number
of innovations to the market by being an important arena for
collaboration where knowledge meets entrepreneurship."