Launch of the web portal

The Open-Air Laboratory for Smart Living is now open to everyone

December 19, 2017
The technology infrastructure for the first Open-Air Laboratory for Smart Living in Canada, created by Vidéotron, Ericsson, ÉTS and the Montréal’s Quartier de l’innovation (QI), was unveiled in June, attracting interest from the scientific community and the business world. The Lab passed a new milestone: opening up to the world with the launch of the web portal.

Help us to shape the future of smart living

A showcase for the ongoing projects and technologies that are made available to the community, this portal now allows researchers, along with small and large businesspeople, to submit their ideas for on-the-ground testing within the context of the Lab’s unique ecosystem.

Existing and start-up companies, along with interested researchers, are invited to visit the web portal, where they will find all the information they need, along with the eligibility criteria, under the “Submit a Project” tab. All they have to do is fill out the online form and follow the indicated steps. All proposals will then be evaluated by a selection committee comprising representatives from each of the four partners (Vidéotron, Ericsson, QI and ÉTS).

Citizens are also invited to share their ideas and to inspire the academic and entrepreneurial community toward exploring new ways to enhance their quality of life. Individuals who would like to submit their applications, and eventually test new technologies, can do so from the portal with a simple click.

What the Lab offers

In addition to having access to researchers and expertise in the field of telecommunications, the Lab allows for privileged contact with a unique living environment, namely the Quartier de l’innovation and its residents. The Open-Air Laboratory also provides technological tools progressing toward 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT). These tools are organized into three pillars that are crucial to the development of projects related to smart living.

The first pillar is connectivity. Experiencing advanced connectivity, available everywhere all the time, requires very dense coverage of the territory, which is accomplished by an LTE/5G cellular network, Wi Fi and other technologies.

The second pillar relates to the presence of sensors and detectors. The Internet of Things is experiencing strong growth and development. At the heart of this transformation is the capacity of an object to interact and interconnect with its physical environment and its digital ecosystem.

Finally, cloud solutions and artificial intelligence technologies extract useful information for the creation of prediction tools and analysis. This confidential and anonymous data can benefit the community with practical technological applications that help people. They provide an opportunity for innovation for the entire digital ecosystem, for both established players and start-ups. Visit the portal today for more information, or to submit a project.

About the Open-Air Laboratory for Smart Living

In 2016, Vidéotron created the first Open-Air Laboratory for Smart Living au Canada, in collaboration with Ericsson, ÉTS and Montréal’s Quartier de l’innovation (QI). Located in the very heart of the QI, this infrastructure allows for on-the-ground, real-world testing of new technologies designed to improve and simplify the daily lives of Quebecers. This unique collaboration brings together the expertise, knowledge and technology required to implement landmark smart technology, such as 5G and the Internet of Things, within a large-scale testing ground. The Lab is also a model of collaboration, where the community, universities, industry and the municipal government can contribute to putting our city at the forefront of the next technological revolution.

Pour information
Alexandra Graveline
514 380-7069

Emmanuelle Berthou
École de technologie supérieure
514 396-8427

Pierre Boucher
514 379-7267

Antoine Leduc
Quartier de l’innovation
438 387-3347, p.203

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