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The new IoT ProtoLab in Trondheim is now opened to entrepreneurs, scientists and students who want to develop new Internet of Things (IoT) services and products. This is a joint initiative by Telenor Group and Wireless Trondheim.
IoT ProtoLab aims to increase innovation, new national competencies and promote competitiveness amongst Norwegian entrepreneurs.The new lab will use the citywide IoT-test bed activated by Wireless Trondheim and is connected to Telenor Group’s initiative, Start IoT.
The lab will offer users access to IoT devices, a developer portal, and an experimental LPWA network (e.g. NB-IoT). This means, piloting and developing of prototypes gets economical.
“Exactly one year ago we launched Telenor-NTNU AI-Lab and it is a pleasure to announce another technology powerhouse in Trondheim,” says Sigve Brekke, Telenor Group CEO.
A number of startups will work in the IoT lab on solutions for anything from healthcare and drones to smart cities. Smart Cylinders, Sevendof and Mode Sensors are three of the companies who will use the new offering.
“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 quanta, which in turn fuels fantastic opportunities for research and innovation within artificial intelligence (AI),” added Brekke.
Telenor’s two labs in Trondheim will be strengthened by each other and will contribute to fostering digital innovation in Norway. The new IoT ProtoLab is located at FAKTRY.
“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,” says Thomas Ulleberg, manager for Wireless Trondheim, and responsible for the daily operation of IoT ProtoLab.
It will also increase the number of innovations to the market by being an important arena for collaboration where knowledge meets entrepreneurship,” says Gunnar Bovim, rector at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).