Bristol is Open, a collaborative research project between the University of Bristol and Bristol City Council to create an open programmable city-wide test bed for smart city technologies, has won the prestigious Smart Cities award at the World Communication Awards 2016.

“Bristol has established an international reputation for pioneering technologies for fibre and 5G”

 

The award ceremony, which was held at the end of November in London, recognised innovation and outstanding industry performance across the globe.

Check out the video below for a neat summary of what Bristol is Open is all about:

 

With award winners in other categories including internationally successful communications companies such as Orange, Vodaphone and PCCW Global, the award puts Bristol at the forefront of city innovation.

Programmable city

For the Smart Cities award a panel of 19 members working in the telecoms industry singled out the open “programmable city” project for its ability to participate and contribute to the way the city works.

The Bristol is Open project was recently joined by IT & telecoms partners, Nokia, who are contributing a combination of funding, technical staff and Nokia Bell Labs expertise to test new capabilities provided by the project.

Jessica Ellis, Director of Customer Success at Bristol is Open, who worked closely with Nokia on the submission to the awards, says: “What we are looking to achieve with Bristol is Open is ambitious and challenging, winning this award is an accolade to the entire team and joint venture partners for the ongoing development of an open programmable city-wide test bed in Bristol. We look forward to what 2017 has to bring and to working closely in collaboration with our partners.”

Barney Smith, Chief Executive of Bristol Is Open, adds: “We are delighted by receiving this award – against very strong competition and in recognition of the value of our unique joint venture. We would particularly like to thank Nokia for their support of our experimental platform and appreciate their support in our successful submission.”

5G Bristol

Bristol is Open’s win comes just one week after the government’s Autumn Statement announcing a £1 billion commitment to 5G trials. Bristol is Open is already pioneering 5G and fibre as fundamental infrastructures for providing high-speed connectivity in smart cities.

“With Nokia’s involvement, we will be able to put Bristol on the map of 5G innovation for smart cities”

 

Professor Dimitra Simeonidou, Chief Scientific Officer for Bristol is Open, Head of the High-Performance Networks Research Group and Director of the Smart Internet Lab at the University of Bristol, says: “Bristol has already established an international reputation for pioneering technologies for fibre and 5G convergence.

“We are already heavily involved in trialling high-speed fibre connectivity as well as mmWave and Massive MIMO 5G technologies both through Bristol is Open and our research projects in the University’s Smart Internet Lab. I am therefore very excited that Bristol is Open has won this award. With Nokia’s involvement, we will be able to put Bristol on the map of 5G innovation for smart cities.”

Find out more about Bristol is Open by checking out the Bristol is Open website or following them on Twitter: @bristolisopen.