Nokia has launched the 5G Innov Lab platform as part of the France Recovery plan. The Nokia-led platform has the objective of testing and integrating 5G industrial uses, using an open and transversal approach; and brings together various entities, including Airbus Secure Land Communications, Augmented Acoustics, Digital Immersion, IMT, SNEF Lab, Nokia Bell Labs, and Paris-Saclay Hardware Accelerator.
The 5G Innov Lab platform will rely on a 5G private network comprised of different frequencies (2.6GHz TDD, 26GHz, and the 3.8 – 4.2GHz band, with three major focus areas:
Research and Innovation
The work will focus on the future uses of the "Smart industry" and "Smart mobility". With the aim of presenting experimental results, field testing proof of concepts, and developing advanced prototypes, the implementation of future use cases will be based on:
A call for innovation led by the Garage Nokia Paris-Saclay, with the support of IncubAlliance and La French Tech Paris-Saclay
Nokia Bell Labs' robotic services software platform
Industrial demos with the Paris-Saclay Hardware Accelerator 4.0 factory, covering topics such as robotics and predictive maintenance
Industrial and vertical use cases
Using Nokia LaaS (Lab as a Service), based at the Paris-Saclay site, companies in the sector of rail, urban and energy transport and local authorities will be able to test future use cases in an operational 5G and private wireless (4.9/LTE and 5G) environment. Testing will be based on the deployment of 5G infrastructure at the Nokia Paris-Saclay campus or at customer sites for each type of industrial use; and at SNEF group Lab for railways, industrial, and mining applications.
5G experiments in 26GHz band
The objective is to coordinate the first experiments on the 26GHz band as part of the allocation of these experimental frequencies by ARCEP and to deploy the 26GHz infrastructure on each concerned site. The experiments cover sectors as varied as the connected port with the Port of Le Havre; the connected stadium with the National Vélodrome; the connected city with Paris La Défense; and the connected museum with the Cité des Sciences. These experiments will make it possible to validate the technological relevance of 26GHz, the emergence of new use cases and services, and new business models integrating new players.
Commenting on the development, Pierre-Gaël Chantereau, President of Nokia in France, said, "5G will play a critical role in the transformation of the industry and verticals and this Nokia-led platform will enable the development in France of new use cases, with the support of all partners. France has many assets, supported by both historical and new players, and the cooperation of these actors is essential to accelerate developments and guarantee our competitiveness at the European and global levels.”
The Innov Lab 5G platform will facilitate demonstrating real conditions the power of 5G for all these new use cases and support the work of other 5G platforms launched by the BPI (Banque Publique d’Investissement) as part of the 5G Call for Projects, including 5G Open Road, 5G Living Lab, 5G mMTC, and 5G Maritime Perf platforms.
France Recovery plan aims to revive the economy and obtain results in terms of decarbonization, industrial reconquest, strengthening of skills and qualifications throughout the territory. A plan of 100 billion euros is being deployed by the Government around three components – ecological transition, competitiveness and cohesion. This plan is financially supported by the European Union touching 40 billion euros.