Purdue University says a 5G “living lab” center called NineTwelve Convergence is set to open in June in the university’s Discovery Park District. Purdue says the 5G center will be the first in the U.S. to provide full-suite development and testing capabilities and will focus on emerging technologies in fields such as advanced manufacturing, hypersonics and microelectronics.
Purdue says the center features 5G networking and wireless connectivity where companies can partner with the university, SBA Communications, and NineTwelve.
“Purdue University’s world-class researchers and others are collaborating to realize the full potential promised by 5G and transforming the digital economy around the world. We all realize that 5G will completely revamp the ecosystem of innovation, and we embrace these opportunities,” said Mung Chiang, dean of the College of Engineering at Purdue. “What’s uniquely powerful about this 5G center is that it is a 5G ‘living lab’ where we can define the use case and innovate the deployment. We have the spectrum and the building access, along with several very innovative technologies. This will be an impactful partnership.”
The university says NineTwelve provides a collaborative environment and includes a full-suite of solutions to work through developmental operations, including building, integrating, testing, configuring and releasing products to market.
“5G technology holds the promise of transforming business in ways that are only beginning to be imagined,” said Dan Hasler, chief marketing officer for NineTwelve. ”Corporate CEOs need a place where their current business processes can be appropriately challenged and rapidly advanced through 5G technology. This ‘living lab’ will be housed in Convergence in Discovery Park District, next door to some of the finest minds in the country.”
Purdue says Discovery Park District is being built to support an advanced connected community through partnerships with Tilson, a national network deployment services firm, and SBA Communications, an operator of wireless communications infrastructure.