- Published: 09 August 2022
The University of Sunderland is set to become one of the UK's first 5G enabled universities after partnering with BAI Communications and Sunderland City Council on a smart city roll out project.
The partnership will deploy advanced wireless technologies across the university's campuses to support research in key areas, enhancing teaching and improving the student experience.
A 5G test lab will be developed on the university's Sir Tom Cowie campus at St Peter's.
The university will benefit from technology enhanced teaching environments and research opportunities for uses of 5G and internet of things in sectors including manufacturing and healthcare.
The partnership marks a step forward in Sunderland City Council's plan with BAI to accelerate its 2030 ambition of creating the UK's most advanced smart city.
Billy D'Arcy, chief executive of BAI Communications UK, said: "We're immensely proud of the work we are doing in Sunderland to help it become one of the UK's leading smart cities, and our new partnership will help further unleash its potential.
"Quality education has the power to transform lives and our work with the University of Sunderland will help it to become a leading 5G university, hugely enhancing campus services for students and staff, and creating new research and employment opportunities for the local population. 5G and IoT technologies are crucial growth areas which will be central in the digital economies of the future, and they have limitless potential to enhance Sunderland City Council's public services and to enable local businesses to innovate and scale up."
Sir David Bell, vice chancellor of the University of Sunderland, added: "The collaboration between the University of Sunderland and BAI is an excellent example of how different sectors and bodies are working together to put Sunderland at the forefront of digital innovation. Educational institutions, public services and business all benefit from enhanced digital infrastructure so I am very optimistic about the opportunities this partnership will open up for our students, staff and the wider community."
Patrick Melia, chief executive of Sunderland City Council, said: "For Sunderland, becoming a smart city is about realising our potential, and education is at the heart of that. Putting the University of Sunderland at the forefront of innovation in 5G and internet of things technologies will open up new opportunities for students, businesses and residents in Sunderland."
Autor(en)/Author(s): Alice Bird
Quelle/Source: Insider, 01.08.2022