Telenor and Wireless Trondheim open IoT lab in Norway

Natalie Bannerman
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Telenor Group and its partner Wireless Trondheim have launched a new IoT research and development centre called the IoT ProtoLab

Telenor Group and Wireless Trondheim have partnered to open a new centre for internet of things (IoT) research and development.

The new facility, called the IoT ProtoLab, will specifically focus on next generation Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) technologies and applications. In addition, it will allow the exchange of data, sharing of experiences and collaboration with projects at the Telenor-NTNU AI-Lab, Telenor’s lab for the research of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and big data analytics.

Sigve Brekke, president and CEO of Telenor group, said: “The people and companies shaping tomorrow’s society are the ones that are able to utilize and apply data in new ways. Telenor is committed to help build these capabilities in Norway. The IoT ProtoLab will be a place for students, entrepreneurs and startups to experiment and prototype solutions using next-generation IoT technologies.”

The new lab will be located at FAKTRY, the new community for ambitious startups in hardware-centric disciplines at Sluppen in Trondheim, Norway, which opens in November 2017.

Wireless Trondheim has supported Telenor by piloting and testing IoT services in Trondheim by launching city-wide IoT testbed and connecting Telenor’s non-commercial offering, Start IoT. In doing so the company has access to IoT devices, a physical LPWA pilot network and a backend system, which enables prototyping and developing of IoT services at a relatively low cost. In regards to the IoT ProtoLab, Wireless Trondheim will be responsible it’s the setup and daily operation.

Thomas Ulleberg, manager of Wireless Trondheim, added: “Our mission at Wireless Trondheim is to enable students, entrepreneurs and startups to experiment and prototype solutions using next-generation IoT technologies. By coupling our specialist competence with companies like Telenor, we can create real impact and help make new smart products and services for the future.” 

As well as the Start IoT offering, Telenor will also offer mentorships and internships in the lab itself and will work with key partners on student projects and hackathons. The first IoT ProtoLab hackathon will take place at the FAKTRY in November, hosted by Telenor, Wireless Trondheim and Pycom.