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.

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


Open-Air Laboratory for Smart Living

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