What is the Laboratory?

What is the Laboratory?

In 2016, Videotron created Canada’s first Open-Air Smart Living Lab in collaboration with Ericsson, the École de technologie supérieure and Montréal’s Quartier de l’innovation (QI). Located in the heart of the QI, this infrastructure allows for on-the-ground, real-world testing of new technologies designed to improve and simplify the daily lives of Quebecers. This unique collaboration brings together the expertise, the knowledge and the technology required to implement landmark Smart technology such as 5G and the Internet of Things on a large-scale testing ground. The Lab is also a way for the community, universities, industries and the municipal government to contribute to putting our city at the forefront of the next technological revolution. It is recognized by the Government of Quebec as a Centre of Excellence for Next-Generation Evolved Network and Internet of Things. 

The three pillars of the Lab


In order to experience advanced connectivity, available everywhere all the time, very dense coverage of the territory in question is required. These needs can be met by an LTE/5G network, by WiFi or by other technologies such as Bluetooth, LiFi, etc.

Sensors and Detectors

The Internet of Things (IoT) is an area of smart technology that is experiencing rapid growth and development. An object’s capacity to interact with and interconnect its physical environment and its digital ecosystem is at the heart of this transformation.

Data and Analysis

Cloud solutions and artificial intelligence technologies extract useful information for the creation of prediction tools. The confidential and anonymous data can benefit the community. This is an innovation opportunity for the entire digital ecosystem, for both established players and startups. Practical technological applications that help people.

Our Vision

  • Help establish advanced 4.5G/5G telecommunications infrastructure to support the concept of “Smart Living”
  • Create Canada’s largest Open-Air Smart Living Lab
  • Make the Lab a hub for research, innovation and the development of a qualified workforce ready for 4.5/5G
  • Include residents and the community as active participants in this initiative

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Open-Air Laboratory for Smart Living

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Towards a 5G Network

An extraordinary revolution is transforming our world. Smart objects connected in real time - from cars that connect to your portable device to industrial machinery equipped with sensors - are fundamentally changing the way we produce, consume, govern and live. According to the latest forecasts, the number of devices connected to the Internet of Things (IoT) is increasing drastically, thanks to new uses and new business models, not to mention ever-decreasing costs. Approximately 20 billion connected objects are expected to exist by 2022, 18 billion of which will be linked to the IoT.

We are currently preparing for the arrival of the 5G network. 5G promises impressive output, the capacity to manage a large number of connected objects, and instantaneous response times.


Applications for the IoT are already appearing in several specialized markets. Many automobile companies are already offering connected cars. Other smart solutions and services, such as connected factories and smart agriculture, are still in their planning stages.


Robotic surgery is already happening in today’s operating rooms. So far, this is only being done with the surgeon standing right beside the robot, rather than watching through telepresence. Almost half (48%) of consumers believe that robotic surgery done by telepresence would be acceptable, but 61% believe that these procedures are risky because they depend upon an internet connection. Such procedures would be conducted with haptic feedback and HD image streaming, which requires a low-latency and high-speed connection that is only possible with the high-speed data transmission of a 5G network.

A 5G network is essential for all telepresence services, but the health sector’s evolving technology requirements are even more stringent.

Self-Driving Cars

5G technology will offer much more than just faster data transmission. It will facilitate a whole new range of powerful services that will be valuable to consumers. The LTE technology currently used in connected cars is the first step towards the self-driving cars that will become possible in the era of 5G networks.

Live streaming to mobile devices

With 5G speeds, it will be possible to access sound and video from the cloud instead of only from a digital device. Networks will be able to ensure that the ever-increasing streaming usage continues to run smoothly. With more than 9 billion mobile devices across the world and mobile data traffic predicted to increase by a factor of ten by 2019, the demands placed on mobile networks are changing, and nowhere more than in the area of live streaming. 5G networks will allow content providers to stream live videos to mobile devices with a speed of up to 1 GB per second.e.