INDIANAPOLIS – Purdue University’s College of Engineering has teamed up with AT&T to create a test bed for 5G-based research and development.

The university says Purdue Research Lab is being built at the recently launched Indiana 5G Zone inside Eleven Fifty Academy’s new headquarters in downtown Indianapolis.

“This is a unique, open environment in the nation where innovators using 5G for consumer and industrial applications can test out their ideas,” said Dr. Mung Chiang, dean of the College of Engineering, Purdue University.

Purdue says the lab will be at the foreground of technology development to gauge 5G’s potential in advanced manufacturing, smart cities and IoT, and rural broadband and agricultural technology for disaster response.

"These technologies have the potential to solve real problems and make meaningful impacts to the world around us,” said Chris Penrose, senior vice president, Advanced Mobility and Enterprise Solutions, AT&T Business.

The space serves as a 5G hub to attract businesses, universities, government and research institutions with lab space to develop next-generation 5G-enabled technology advancements.

Work on the lab is expected to be completed in Spring 2020.