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Wireless Tronheim Living Lab The Wireless Trondheim Living Lab has been established as a local arena in Trondheim for open and user driven innovation related to mobile services and technology. By being member of the wider network of European network of living labs (ENOLL), we aim to extend and improve the development of own services through increased influx of ideas and resources (by involving users, in particular students and school children, and also from other living labs)
Wireless Trondheim is a research and development project made possible through the joint efforts of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), the city of Trondheim, the SørTrøndelag County Council, SpareBank 1 Midt-Norge, Adresseavisen and Trondheim Energiverk.
The Wireless Trondheim initiative includes three distinct parts:
The Access Network: A shared Wi-Fi network covering the main part of the city centre operated by Wireless Trondheim ltd (Trådløse Trondheim AS) – the same technology are applied providing in-door and out-door Wi-Fi coverage at the University areas. See http://wirelesstrondheim.no for further details.
A Service Research and Development Lab. See http://research.idi.ntnu.no/trimaks for details. Here also a list of current research project linked to the living lab is described
A Networking Lab or the “Street’n Roof Lab”: This features its own physical infrastructure in parallel to the Access Network. See http://tradlosetrondheim.no/sec.php?page=art_default&la=en&id=19 for further details
A shared Wi-Fi based infrastructure is deployed in the downtown of Trondheim. The infrastructure supports several SSIDs allowing different ISPs to offer their services in the same network, sharing the costs. Currently five SSIDs are used. Wireless Trondheim offers outdoor coverage and in addition coverage for most cafés and some malls. The coverage is all based on an advanced Cisco Wi-Fi platform. This is a well-suited platform for testing of new and innovative service because the platform supports:
Mobility – the user can move around in the coverage area without losing connectivity. The Cisco deployment allows layer 2 mobility handling supporting handoffs at city traffic speeds
High capacity – every access point has at least 10 Mbit/s symmetric connectivity to the backhaul fibre-network offering the possibility to test services demanding high bandwidth.
Location information – the network gathers location information about the users and offers the possibility of presenting services depending on the current location of the user. Open APIs returning the users location are established
Security – the network supports all well known standards for security in Wi-Fi including WPA/WPA2 allowing services with a high demand for security
The lab is primarily oriented towards the Trondheim area, but experiences from using the technology can be used widely given the proliferation of large scale wireless broadband city networks. Extensions of the physical lab will be on the local level, whereas one are involved in a number of national and international projects.
On a regional level, the lab is linked to the Trondheim branch of the Wireless Future http://www.tradlos-framtid.no/ initiative, a Norwegian network on innovation in mobile services and technology. Nationally, we are also linked to the initiative that the Norwegian Research Council is involved in on a Nordic level to potentially support the establishment and running of Living Labs in the Nordic-Baltic region (LILAN, Noria-net project). We also plan close cooperation with other Norwegian initiatives to become Living Labs.
We are currently member of the Nordic ENOLL project funded by Nordic Innovation Centre (NICe).Through being part of ENOLL we plan to in the future be more closely linked to the European Innovation System.