The Future Of 5G In Rural Areas

    March 26, 2019 10:00
    Think Tank
    Ruston Way, Lincoln

    University of Lincoln has teamed up with 5GRIT to deliver this informative workshop that will explain more about 5G, potential ways it could be used and the opportunities for businesses in Lincolnshire and the Humber to test out new applications on one of six Government-sponsored 5G testbeds.

    The workshop will explain how local businesses can access the 5GRIT testbed to trial new hardware, software and applications. Steve Jagger, Managing Director of Hessle-based ISP Quickline Communications, one of the 5GRIT partners, will talk about how the pilot can unlock the potential of rural areas through better connections for residents, businesses, farmers and visitors.

    Who should be looking to attend this event?
    We are looking to connect with innovative businesses in Lincolnshire and the Humber. We want to hear your ideas about what you would like to use the testbed for – be it developing new low latency apps, or services for parts of Lincolnshire where mobile data is simply not up to speed. There is not yet a common standard of what 5G will encompass so there is an opportunity to shape the technology and new applications in Lincolnshire and across the 5GRIT testbed. We will explain the process of getting your technologies and applications trialled on the testbed and what the potential benefits could be.
    We are also interested in groups that may want to develop use-cases for trials using the testbed – everyone from small business owners, tourism, food, manufacturing, distribution, farmers, local authorities, community groups and third sector organisations through to public and emergency services.

    What is 5GRIT?
    5GRIT (the 5G Rural Integrated Testbed) is a consortium of industry and University partners using shared spectrum in the TV bands and a mix of local ISPs and self-provision to trial innovative use of 5G technology across a range of rural applications, such as smart agriculture, tourism and connecting poorly-served communities. The testbed will operate across Lincolnshire, Cumbria, North Yorkshire, Northumberland, Inverness-shire, Perthshire and Monmouthshire.
    You will hear about how the testbed is using wireless technologies, to trial new rural services, including an augmented reality app for tourists, fixed wireless broadband for not-spots, crop and livestock monitoring services, and the ability to fly drones beyond visual line of sight.

    What is the 5G testbed programme?
    The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has invested £25m in pilot projects that aim to make the UK a world leader in 5G. Together the six projects, led by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), universities and local authorities, represent the best of UK innovation, resources and expertise. They will test 5G across a range of applications, including smart farming with drones, using the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) to improve healthcare in the home, increasing manufacturing productivity and maximising the future benefits of self-driving cars.
    What is 5G?
    5G describes the fifth generation of mobile communications technologies, delivering a step change of ultrafast, low latency (i.e. quicker reaction times), reliable, wireless connectivity. It will support ever larger data requirements, as well as exciting new apps.

    10.00 Reception – tea and coffee
    10.10 Welcome to the University of Lincoln – Stephanie Maloney, Research & Industrial Partnerships, Department of Research and Enterprise
    10.15 Introduction to 5GRIT and the 5G testbed – Daniel Heery, CEO, Cybermoor
    10.30 Keynote speaker: How 5G can unlock potential in rural areas – Steve Jagger, Managing Director, Quickline Communications
    10.45 Breakout – workshops on:
    5G networks enabling rural Internet of Things
    Wireless connectivity for rural areas
    Hardware and software testing using the 5GRIT testbed
    Business and community use cases for 5G in rural areas
    11.25 Feedback from the workshops
    11.45 Q&A
    12.00 Event closes – networking over tea and coffee

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