Together with NTNU, Wireless Trondheim offers a testbed for new products and services, featuring real users and real world conditions, a “Living Lab”!
Wireless Trondheim Living Lab is composed of three parts:
1. Service laboratory
The service laboratory offers the infrastructure to test new services under a controlled environment. This lab is ideal for projects in their early testing and prototyping phases. The service laboratory also offers the tools used for evaluation of results, as well as assistance regarding the process.
2. Wireless Trondheim’s network
The network administrated by Wireless Trondheim has about 17000 unique users every month. The majority of these users are students and young innovators, in other words early adopters. These “guinea pigs” are often curious of new technologies and are more than willing to help test new services. By testing your services in such a network, you will quickly get an indicator of whether this is something a mainstream audience would want as well as data on why or why not the product is attractive.
You also have the ability to advertise your product to the entire user base through the login portal of Wireless Trondheim, and later retrieve user statistics. User metrics such as type of operating system, screen resolution, geographic location, length of use, and many more can be gleaned for later use and analysis. Did you know that almost 25% of Wireless Trondheim users are iPhone users?
What services can be tested?
Wireless Trondheim can determine the geographic location of its users, offers high bandwidth connections, handles user mobility, and can offer a variety of security levels. This group of features makes Wireless Trondheim suitable for an extensive set of projects.
3. Network laboratory, also knows as “Steet and Roof Lab”
The network laboratory, or Netlab, offers the infrastructure to test new radio communication interfaces, protocols, antennas, amplifiers, etc. To make this possible, the Netlab has placed fiber optic links around the city and antennas at some of the highest rooftops in Trondheim. The lab also consists of antenna stations, connected by fiber optic cable, that follow the main traffic route into the city. The addition of these stations makes it possible to test exciting new wireless application that involve vehicle to roadside, or vehicle to vehicle communication. As opposed to our other lab offerings, the Netlab can handle testing of everything from new hardware to new applications.
In summary, Wireless Trondheim Living Lab has the ability to facilitate testing of products and services, in real environments, new business models, new hardware, new wireless interfaces, protocols, and antennas.
What is the benefit of using such a “Living Lab”? While the product is under development, receiving feedback from potential users is crucial. Without such testing the project takes on a lot of risk, you cannot be sure if there is sufficient demand for product you are spending time and effort on building. Therefore, user testing should be conducted during the entirety of the project to ensure that what you are making is what the customer wants.
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Do not hesitate to contact us if you have an idea, a prototype, or a service you wish to test in a unique environment as the one we offer. It can make a big difference, and we are here to help you succeed!