Nokia Joins Bristol Smart City Initiative
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 | Comments

Nokia joined the Bristol Is Open (BIO) initiative, becoming the first major telecom vendor to participate in Bristol's living laboratory. BIO encompasses the entire city, effectively transforming it into a dynamic test bed to explore how integrated technology solutions can benefit citizens.

BIO is a joint venture between the University of Bristol and the Bristol City Council, funded by local and national government and the European Union (EU), along with academic research funding and financial backing from the private sector.

Experts from across Nokia, including Nokia Bell Labs, will provide consulting services, while Nokia's IP networking division will provide network and infrastructure support. In addition, Nokia's application ecosystem program ngConnect will bring an extensive range of additional applications, ideas and companies into the BIO development program.

Small sensors, including the smartphones, and in the future, GPS devices of willing citizens, will supply information about many aspects of city life, including energy, air quality and traffic flows to the three new fast networks in the center of the city. The high-powered operating system developed by Bristol University will dynamically host this machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, allowing the development of a wide range of applications that are linked to the various sensors and actuators deployed across the city.

Nokia plans to test a range of applications from Nokia Bell Labs' innovations in video to environmental impact studies, healthcare and public safety. The first Nokia project in BIO will focus on video analytics on the citywide closed-circuit TV (CCTV) system of more than 1,700 cameras.

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