Telecom Italia (TIM) and Ericsson have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Municipality of Genoa, the Liguria Region and Liguria Digital to launch a 5G Digital Lab that will explore the benefits of the new technology and the Internet of Things for local citizens, businesses and public offices. The 5G Digital Lab will be located in the so-called GREAT Campus (Genoa Research & Advanced Technology Campus), a new science and technology park located in the Erzelli area overlooking the northwestern Italian city.
The first tests will be carried out this year, with TIM and Ericsson making available new 5G apps to public and private partners operating in the campus with a view to encouraging the development of innovative solutions in areas such as IoT, mobility, public safety and Industry 4.0.
TIM and Ericsson last year launched a joint ‘5G for Italy’ initiative to create an open ecosystem for research and implementation of innovative projects enabled by 5G technology. Trials have already been conducted in areas such as cloud robotics and automation, remote management of production lines, smart agriculture and port management, said the partners.