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SWIFt

Digital Catapult has partnered with Nottingham Trent University to create SWIFt as part of its ‘smart campus’ project.

The Smart Wireless Innovation Facility (SWIFt), designed by Digital Catapult, will enable users to test and develop 5G-enabled solutions, alongside access to state-of-the-art LoRaWAN networks. The facility will have capacity to connect up to 1,000 devices and provides cross technology connectivity, opening up the possibilities for rapid development and deployment of advanced digital technology solutions across the East Midlands, in particular Nottingham. Businesses from across the region will have a unique opportunity to take advantage of this new cutting edge facility, which will be a state of the art 5G testbed covering 6,500 m2, with indoor and outdoor coverage as well as a lab space. This will include workshop equipment, development sensors, data loggers and a rapid PCB prototyping system.

The Nottingham Trent University (NTU) smart campus will become a ‘living lab’ for researchers, local businesses and policymakers, providing an opportunity to showcase and demonstrate how these technologies can be translated into everyday life. Furthermore it will also examine 5G and other smart technology applications in industry.

With the impact of COVID-19, the facility at NTU is a prime opportunity for academia and industry to embrace and explore new possibilities with advanced digital technologies and the commercial opportunities as a result. D2N2, the Local Enterprise Partnership for Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham, and Nottinghamshire will invest £800,000 towards the £1.6 million project from its Local Growth Fund allocation and the facility is expected to be ready by summer 2021.

Professor Nigel Wright, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) of Nottingham Trent University said “This exciting project will not only establish a state-of-the-art facility on our Clifton Campus, but also support local and national businesses to develop new products to establish a leading position in new markets.”

Digital Catapult is one of the UK’s leading 5G technical authorities. Its UK-wide 5G testbed network includes two facilities in Brighton and one in London. Additional testbeds will be created as part of Digital Catapult’s 5G Factory of the Future project in Lancashire, and three testbeds in the West Midlands due to open in 2021 as part of the 5prinG 5G Accelerator project. This open access network of facilities helps businesses of all sizes develop new products and services.