Telenor Helps Wireless Trondheim Open IoT ProtoLab to Increase Innovation

Green Light for New National IoT Initiative in Trondheim

The new IoT ProtoLab in Trondheim is opening its doors for entrepreneurs, scientists and students who want to develop new Internet of Things services and products. The new powerhouse created by Telenor Group and Wireless Trondheim aims to increase innovation, new national competencies and promote competitiveness amongst Norwegian entrepreneurs.

“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. “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). Our two labs in Trondheim will be strengthened by each other and will contribute to fostering digital innovation in Norway,” adds Brekke.

The new lab will use the citywide IoT-testbed activated by Wireless Trondheim and is connected to Telenor Group’s initiative, Start IoT. Through this, users get access to IoT devices, a developer portal, and an experimental LPWA network (e.g. NB-IoT), which enables piloting and developing of prototypes without large costs.

The IoT and AI labs are established as part of Telenor Group’s commitment to helping accelerate a digital future for Norway by stimulating increased innovation and new competencies.  IoT ProtoLab is located at FAKTRY, a newly established community for ambitious startups in hardware-centric disciplines at Sluppen in Trondheim. 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.

“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.

IoT services developed at the IoT Protolab will generate large sets of data that are of interest to the projects at Telenor-NTNU AI-Lab. In addition to exchanging data, the labs will be able to share experiences and collaborate on new and existing projects.

“We’re already seeing that Telenor-NTNU AI-Lab solves important challenges for society through machine learning. The IoT ProtoLab will further accelerate the knowledge generation by contributing with valuable data into the AI-lab. 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).

Source: Telenor Group media announcement

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