Telenor’s boost to Norway

Telenor intends to help Norway prepare for a digitized future and an increased demand for innovation. Telenor will do this in collaboration with partners. More specifically Telenor will provide an experimental IoT network for start-ups to test their products and services and together with NTNU, will set up and drive a lab for exploring Artificial Intelligence (AI) Technologies.

Al is probably the most important technology for the 21 century. Over the next 20 years, AI is expected to be the driving force in all processes, services and embedded in most products across industries and usage. The ambition for the AI Lab and IoT network is to contribute to Norwegian competitiveness and creation of new jobs. Telenor believes that Norwegian businesses can play a role internationally when it comes to finding areas to apply an artificial intelligence technology that is why Telenor is setting up close collaboration with academia, business and entrepreneurs. Especially entrepreneurs play a crucial role in creating new jobs.

Telenor’s AI Lab with NTNU

Together with NTNU Telenor wants to contribute to a shift in competence focus in Norway, by promoting competence building and sharing within AI, Big data and analytics.

The lab will provide favourable conditions for innovation through research in the fields of big data analytics, machine learning and AI. Through access to real data and problems and close collaboration among industry, research institutes, academia and start-ups, the AI Lab will be a great addition to developing Norway’s potential for economic growth. The AI Lab will run open source software, enabling local experimentation and cloud scale.

Various activities will be hosted starting next month. The first event will take place December 13 from 16-18 at NTNU. This event will introduce the lab to NTNU students and prepare for a hackathon to be held in January 2017.

More information about program and registration will come soon!

Telenor’s experimental IoT network

In the future humans will perform jobs that require cooperation and creativity while we can leave the automated and repetitive tasks to smart machines.[1] With time as more and more digital data is produced machines intelligences and analytical abilities will only increase in accuracy and scalability. It is expected that in 2020[2] close to 21 billion devices will be connected, so launching an experimental IoT network makes perfect sense to test how it all will work together, creating a new digital eco system.

A multi-city IoT network to stimulate LPWA innovation in Norway

The following are components Telenor, together with partners, will set up: A physical Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) network, a back-end and development kits for IoT innovation together with interested third parties.

As part of the IoT Open Innovation initiative Telenor will provide the LPWA network in selected cities in Norway. In 2017, the network will be based on LoRaWAN technology (LoRa) and will be rolled out in Trondheim, Tromsø and Oslo. From 2018, other technologies and cities might be included. One technology of particular interest for Telco operators is the new NB-IoT standard that was recently announced by 3GPP (NB-IoT) and we envision that we will add this technology as soon as it is available.

The LPWA physical network is supplemented with an appropriate back-end system. The back-end system allows IoT service developers to easily get started creating their service without having to focus on the technical details related to the network itself. We will use Telenor Connexion’s Cloud Connect platform. Cloud Connect is an IoT enablement platform built on top of AWS IoT (AWS IoT).The platform is connectivity technology agnostic and can therefore be used regardless of the underlying connectivity technology.

Development kits

The development kits start-ups and testers of the IoT network will make it easy to connect to any type of sensor and actuator to the IoT LPWA network. The development kits will support the underlying LPWA technology and in addition Bluetooth Smart (formerly known as Bluetooth Low Energy) and Near Field Communication (NFC). The development kits will also include wired I/O options (GPIO and I2C) for sensors and actuators.

Stay tuned – the work has just started

Telenor Research is the organizational unit in Telenor that will drive these two initiatives, but will rely heavily on partners to make this a success and deliver on the ambition.

 

 

 

[1] Kolbjørnsrud, V., Amico, R. & Thomas R. J. (2016) How Artificial Intelligence Will Redefine Management. Harvard Business Review, November 2nd, 2016 (https://hbr.org/2016/11/how-artificial-intelligence-will-redefine-management).
[2] Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2015, November 8-12, Barcelona. Press Release, November 10, 2015 (http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/3165317).