Bristol wins Smart City Award at the GSMA’s 2018 Global Mobile Awards
The city launched the world’s first public 5G testbed to explore the next generation of wireless and wired connectivity
- April 20, 2018 16:30
- Olya Georgieva
Bristol beat off competition from Barcelona, Dubai, New York, Singapore and Yinchuan to win the Judges’ Choice Smart City Award at the GSMA’s 2018 Global Mobile Awards (The GLOMOs). The city is aiming to become the best-connected city in the UK. The announcement came ahead of the city staging The Layered Realities Weekend 5G Showcase, which launched the world’s first public 5G testbed to explore the next generation of wireless and wired connectivity through a series of free experimental public events.
The judges highlighted Bristol Is Open, a joint venture between the University of Bristol and Bristol City Council. This initiative integrates three networks through software defined control: fibre in the ground; a wireless het-net along the Brunel Mile area of Bristol with wi-fi, 3G, and 4G; and a radio frequency mesh network deployed on 2000 of the city’s lamp posts. The judges also recognised the smart city Operations Centre, which opened last October and brings together and integrates the council’s emergency control centre, traffic control centre and community safety (CCTV) control rooms for the first time.
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