An internet-of-things (IoT) laboratory for testing infrastructure equipment designed for urban environments will help enterprises and municipalities with smart city applications. Radio Frequency Systems (RFS) said that the first such laboratory that it has opened by in Hannover, Germany, will be followed by a second facility in the United States later this year.
“The decision to open the lab facility comes after feedback that many customers are facing confusion when it comes to designing the best infrastructure to support specific applications,” a statement from RFS reads. “The lab will enable them to evaluate the various options and make an informed decision on the best solution for their locations, without incurring significant trial and error costs. Mainly working with enterprises and municipalities, a key focus area will be to help with the design of street level architecture to support smart city applications.”
According to RFS, the lab will test communications radios, IoT devices and management control software, using monitoring, IoT sensors and 4G/5G communications. Customers will be able to control and monitor a variety of IoT devices to determine the best solution for their environment, the company disclosed. Additionally, mobile network operators will be able to test their radio network designs for street-level densification, the statement reads.
“We hope the launch of the IoT Lab in Hanover will be a very exciting step for both our customers and the industry,” said Dietmar Brunsch, team technical lead at RFS. “The commercial success of IoT and 5G hinges on the ability to deliver efficient systems that truly perform when it comes to ROI. This facility will give customers the chance to test solutions in a ‘real-world’ environment, allowing them to make informed decisions in a cost-effective way to ensure that smart cities live up to their potential.”