Nokia and the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) have agreed to co-develop IoT-based business applications using high-speed, low-latency technologies.
UTS: Rapido – a unit established at the university to unlock the potential for IoT – has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Nokia, with the latter to provide assistance with advanced engineering projects, possibly including proof-of-concept development.
Nokia and UTS will establish a collaborative innovation and training facility at the university, where the technology company will provide IP routing, optical, fixed and 4G/5G mobile network components, and applications and analytics platforms for project work and training.
Nokia will also gain membership to UTS’ Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology (FEIT) advisory board.
Exploring 3D video applications
One of the first projects between UTS: Rapido and Nokia will involve the use of the OZO virtual reality camera in combination with the UTS 3D Data Arena.
This project will integrate video downloads filmed around the world and demonstrate how operators could combine 3D footage with real-time data and graphics to explore new service and business opportunities.
UTS’ associate dean of external engagement Myriam Amielh said in a statement: “UTS aims to link with major industrial innovators and deliver outcomes that translate ideas into viable products and solutions, leveraging advanced technologies.”
“This association will allow us to contribute our expertise in areas such as 5G, IoT and data analytics, through UTS: Rapido, to help Nokia’s customers unlock the potential of emerging digital capabilities.”
Nokia’s head of Oceania Ray Owen added: “Through this collaboration with UTS we can share both our expertise and our technologies, and help drive Australia’s digital transformation.
“In turn, we will benefit from gaining even greater insight into how IoT can be applied to solve the real-world issues of our customers.”
University collaboration with IoT industry ramping up
Today’s announcement continues the trend of technology companies collaborating with local universities on IoT initiatives and connectivity.
Huawei recently launched a Narrowband-IoT training facility at James Cook University in Cairns, providing the funding and infrastructure required to encourage students to build solutions using the standard as part of the university’s new Bachelor of Engineering in Electronic Systems and the Internet of Things degree.
UTS itself has also partnered with local IoT network operator Thinxtra, with the company providing the university with free access to the Sigfox network as part of its Smart University Partnership Program.
Local tech company Meshed also launched its Sydney CBD LoRaWAN network in partnership with UTS, The Things Network and the IoT Alliance Australia, providing students and surrounding businesses to develop IoT solutions with the crowd-sourced standard.