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. 

 

WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU?

Come test your prototypes in the Open-air Laboratory for Smart Living and profit from the following benefits:

Technology

  • Next-generation networks (4.5G/5G, Cat M 1, LoRa, Fixed Wireless Access, Passive Optical Network)
  • Access to the Open-Air Laboratory for Smart Living database
  • A secure platform for connected-objects management allowing data collection and aggregation as well as the implementation of external APIs
  • Project support through telecommunications services and equipment (wired and wireless)
  • Connected-object equipment such as sensors and probes with various functionalities (presence detection, environmental management, weather station, etc.)

Visibility and Outreach

  • Visibility of your projects through the Lab's partner networks
  • Free office and prototyping space in the Quartier de l’Innovation Hangar

Community

  • A pool of dedicated testers to improve your product
  • Specific locations for citywide prototyping and testing (shops, businesses, infrastructure, etc.)
  • A privileged link to our large network of QI members

Expertise

  • Support from R&D, product marketing and telecommunications technology experts
  • A unique opportunity to collaborate with researchers from ÉTS, UQAM, Concordia, and McGill on research projects
  • Possibility of funding through research grants
  • Access to the Ericsson Garage, an innovation spaces, to establish partnerships with clients and universities, to support startups and to accelerate the development of new ideas.

 

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Who can submit a project?

  • A student, professor or researcher affiliated with a university
  • A student, professor or researcher affiliated with a university
  • A legally incorporated organization
  • A startup company, small or medium-sized enterprise or big businesses

Project Eligibility Criteria

Your project:

  • Must be related to the technological development and/or use of 5G cellular connectivity or any other advanced connectivity, including the Internet of Things (IoT).
  • Must be innovative and related to smart living.
  • Must be produced or tested inside the boundaries of the Quartier de l’Innovation and be potentially deployable outside the Laboratory.
  • Must be able to collect data that will be analyzed and shared with other Laboratory participants (while respecting data integrity, privacy and applicable laws).
  • Must have a high potential for positive impact on the local or national economy (research results, technological innovation, etc.).
  • Must be achievable within 12 months after submission.
  • Must make use of at least one available infrastructure in the Laboratory or the services of one of its partners.

It is important to note that the partners of the Lab offer access to expertise, meeting spaces and infrastructure, but not financial support for those applying to this program.

Please note that a selection committee composed of representatives from each of the Lab’s partners (Videotron, Ericsson, ÉTS, Quartier de l'Innovation) will evaluate each proposal and will contact successful project applicants for presentations and exploratory meetings.