Oulu aspires to spearhead 5G technologyEscrito por Redacción TNI el 16/02/2016 a las 17:14:51
Today the City of Oulu, Finland, and Nokia together with their partners published an international competition under the title 5GFWD. This contest challenges the most innovative designers, enterprises and students in the world to create ideas to utilise 5G technology in any way that contributes to people’s everyday lives. The multiple tracks of the competition challenge participants to seek solutions for more flexible hospital visits, develop a digital shopping centre, and generate ideas for a visit or a working day in the digital city of the future. The 5GFWD competition is free for everyone, and the amount of prize money totals at 40,000 euros.
The 5GFWD competition in Oulu is looking for new, humane ideas through three tracks: Easy Living & Working!, Shopping Frenzy! and Health Goes 5G! The aim is to utilise the winning innovations in genuine environments.
The Easy Living & Working! track targets for example the wireless working day of the future and all the new services that could be available for people in the city when it comes to things like traffic data, various events, or simply finding your friends.
The Health Goes 5G! challenge emphasises vital ideas: Can a family prepare for a hospital visit in a way that would make it more comforting, efficient and pleasant? Could the hospital staff get more information about a coming patient already in advance? What will a 5G ambulance be like in the future?
Pre-registering to the competition has already started online at www.5gfwd.org. The competition itself will be launched on 29 February. The final takes place in Oulu on 10 June 2016.
Oulu to become the centre of 5G
“We wish to stir up international and Finnish companies and make them focus on 5G in their strategies as a significant competitive advantage. The region’s ICT ecosystem provides companies with a unique environment for development. It speeds up the road of products from innovations to testing phase and into the market. The University of Oulu and the Technical Research Centre of Finland already have a 5G test laboratory. The next 5G environment will be built in the OYS TestLab at Oulu University Hospital,” says BusinessOulu Executive Director Juha Ala-Mursula.
Among the competition organisers are the City of Oulu, Nokia, Technopolis, Oulu University Hospital, OuluHealth, 6Aika, Cooperative Arina, Ericsson, VTT, the municipality of Kempele, the municipality of Tyrnävä, CorGroup, Sanmina, 9Solutions, Finavia, and Bittium.