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Bristol and Watershed to host UK's first public trials on new 5G testbed

28 February 2018

The University of Bristol's Smart Internet Lab; Watershed, the leading film culture and digital media centre in the South West, and We The Curious, the Bristol-based science centre, will host the Layered Realities Weekend 5G Showcase next month [17 and 18 March]. The event will launch the world's first public 5G testbed to explore the next generation of wireless and wired connectivity through a series of free experimental public events.

Across the two days, Bristol audiences are invited to experience the potential of 5G through bold new works by artists, researchers and creatives, from Uninvited Guests and Duncan Speakman's augmented reality theatre, to Kaleider’s virtual reality dance, and celebrated artist Joanie Lemercier's audio-visual journey across the cosmos alongside a programme of critical talks and technology demonstrations.

Audiences are invited to explore for themselves the advantages of Massive MIMO, a game-changing technology that will greatly boost network capacity and performance whilst reducing network congestion.

Event attendees will also have the opportunity of viewing a real time transmission sent from a connected autonomous vehicle (CAV), parked in Millennium Square for the duration of the weekend. Wireless connectivity is one of the underpinning technologies allowing the CAVs to transform from autonomous systems to cooperative entities via collaborative sensor sharing.

Read here for full press release.  

Further information

The Communication Systems and Networks Research Group was formed in 1985 to address the research demands of the fixed and wireless communications sectors.  It combines fundamental academic research with a strong level of industrial application. The Group has well-equipped laboratories with state-of-the-art test and measurement equipment and first-class computational facilities. The Group is particularly well known for its pioneering work in topics such as antennas & propagation (multi-element channel sounders and ray-based propagation models), digital healthcare and connected and autonomous vehicles. Our leading research addresses topics such as the Internet of Things (IoT), autonomous vehicles small-cell mmWave communications (backhaul & access), software-defined networks and the wireless/optical interface. These technologies are critical in the development of efficient and cost-effective 5G networks.

Researchers of the CSN Research Group are members of the the Smart Internet Lab. This is a new initiative aiming at building on strategic and applied research on key communications and digital technologies at Bristol, to create and permanently support, a hub for Internet Research with long lasting benefits for society and economy.

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