Nokia and the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) under which Nokia will join the university's UTS: Rapido, a new technology development unit, and collaborate on developing IoT-based business applications using high-speed, ultra-low latency technologies such as 5G.
In the technology partnership with UTS: Rapido - established to help businesses unlock the potential of IoT - Nokia will work on advanced engineering projects that support the development of future network services to address the specific technological challenges of service providers and enterprises. Nokia and UTS will also explore the expansion of the advanced engineering activity into new areas of innovation and poof-of-concept development.
"We are delighted to extend our working relationship with Nokia. UTS aims to link with major industrial innovators and deliver outcomes that translate ideas into viable products and solutions, leveraging advanced technologies,” said Myriam Amielh, Associate Dean External Engagement, UTS. “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."
The MoU covers the creation of a collaborative innovation and training facility at UTS, for which Nokia will provide IP routing, optical, fixed and 4G and 5G mobile network components, and applications and analytics platforms for project work and training. Nokia will also participate on the UTS Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology advisory board.
In one of the first UTS: Rapido projects, researchers at the university are integrating video downloads filmed around the world using the Nokia OZO virtual reality camera into the UTS 3D Data Arena. This will show how operators could combine 3D footage with real time data and graphics to explore new services and business opportunities.
"The successful implementation of IoT and the connectivity of potentially billions of devices will rely on the deployment of technologies such as enhanced 4G and high-speed, low-latency 5G,” said Ray Owen, head of Oceania at Nokia. “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."
UTS: Rapido leverages the diverse expertise of more than 200 researchers at the university's Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology. Research is conducted across a broad range of technology areas including data analytics, cyber security, 5G and IoT. Nokia and UTS have worked together for more than 15 years and UTS is a key member of Nokia's Australian graduate program.