Partnership aims to develop 5G Smart City technology


The University of Surrey’s 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) and Digital Greenwich, part of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, have announced a new partnership that will deliver the technology that will underpin future smart cities.

The partnership will leverage the facilities and expertise at both the University of Surrey in Guildford and Greenwich to deliver “smart” resource-efficient, low-carbon, healthy and liveable neighbourhoods within a city. The 5G standardised approach will provide the opportunity to scale solutions at wider city and national level.

The 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) at the University of Surrey is now the largest European research centre dedicated to the development of the next generation of mobile and wireless communications. Bringing together leading academic expertise and key industry partners in a shared vision, the 5GIC will help to define and develop the 5G infrastructure that will underpin the way we communicate, work and live our everyday lives in the future.


Smart strategy

The Royal Borough of Greenwich and Digital Greenwich are working on a Smart City strategy setting out how the Council proposes to implement “smarter” approaches to coping with future challenges related to transport, health, energy and the built environment. It will create new opportunities for businesses and local communities, securing business regeneration and growth.

Professor Rahim Tafazolli, director of 5GIC and Institute of Communication Systems, said: “Fundamental to next generation Smart City applications is the creation of a robust communications systems. Working with Digital Greenwich will enable the 5GIC to develop solutions targeted at multiple use cases in a city context. The partnership will also provide the foundation to drive standardised solutions for all of the UK to benefit from the technology.

Cllr Denise Hyland, leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, commented: “I am delighted to welcome the 5G Innovation Centre to the Royal Borough of Greenwich as a highly respected partner and as a valuable catalyst to our comprehensive smart city strategy.  I am confident that this engagement will help strengthen our economy and deliver the best possible services to Greenwich businesses and residents.”

Photo credit: 5GIC

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