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The Open-Air Laboratory for Smart Living

What is the Open-Air Laboratory for Smart Living?

In 2016, Vidéotron, created Canada’s first Open-Air Smart Living Lab (LabVI) in collaboration with Ericsson, the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) 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 Québec as a centre of excellence for next-generation evolved networks and the Internet of Things.

The Smart Living Lab in numbers

Since 2018

$4 millions
invested
More than 80
projects submitted
7
technological infrastructure projects completed
Several
ongoing projects in the field test and research phases

Areas of innovation

 

 

Testimonials

“The smart bus shelter project was made possible thanks to the support of smart living lab partners. This project allowed several of my graduate students to gain field experience by testing technologies such as ble and li-fi, for example, bridging the gap between theory and practice. The reality in the field is much more complex than on paper, and the smart living lab is a playing field that allows us to make the connection between the two.”

– YGAL BENDAVID, PROFESSOR AND DIRECTOR OF UQAM’S IDO LAB

“The smart living lab has played a central role for solergy systems. It allowed us to test our solar panel prototype on a roof that the team found in the district, but it also introduced us to collaborators and potential customers and gave us great visibility. Thank you to the smart living lab for the support, the visibility and the atmosphere!”

– CARLOS HERNANDEZ, SOLERGY SYSTEMS