The 5G Open Innovation Lab announced this week that Accenture and Avanade have joined the Lab as Founding partners, and Ericsson and Spirent Communications as Corporate Partners expanding the Lab’s technical and development capabilities in support of its growing ecosystem of startups. The Lab continues to be led by its original founding and corporate partners which include Amdocs, Dell Technologies, F5, Intel, Microsoft, T-Mobile and VMware.
“As we grow our current ecosystem of 47 startups and expand our capabilities over the next few years, it is critical that we provide development platforms and opportunities for products to be tested, deployed and integrated into enterprise solutions,” explains Jim Brisimitzis, general partner of the 5G Open Innovation Lab. “Building on the experience and expertise of our already stellar partners, our new founding partners Accenture and Avanade and corporate partners Ericsson and Spirent will enable us fast-track these solutions serving diverse industries such as manufacturing and logistics, agriculture and connected cars.”
Accenture’s role will focus on accelerating monetization opportunities of 5G use cases and solutions globally across targeted industries. Accenture will also provide business and technology assets, as well as experienced resources to help the Lab’s ecosystem companies develop capabilities that are both interoperable with existing platforms and future-ready for new solutions.
In February, the Lab launched its first application development field lab for the agricultural industry. A core component of the Lab’s strategy to serve developers is the creation of additional field platforms to support other industries.
Avanade will work to help advance edge compute solutions with Microsoft and the Lab’s ecosystem partners matching startups with next generation service opportunities. This includes providing operational oversight and direction to the 5G field labs to uncover potential network and edge compute scenarios to be piloted and provisioned. Avanade will provide both technical architecture and support for standards development and field deployment.
Ericsson and the 5G Open Innovation Lab will collaborate through the Ericsson Global Innovation Labs and Ericsson’s innovation programs, which include Ericsson’s D-15 Labs in Santa Clara, Calif. The companies will work together to develop proof of concept projects, community events, mentorship programs, and other activities to support application innovation in the network and enterprise. Ericsson and the Lab will soon collaborate on 5G-enabled services aimed at innovations that streamline and improve manufacturing operations, energy production and utilities safety and performance where introduction of artificial intelligence and IoT into the industry processes can yield significant benefits.
Spirent will provide strategic counsel and solutions for automated assurance and the testing of 5G and edge solutions for accelerated deployment. Spirent’s 5G Digital Twin is an agile approach to testing and assurance that provides an emulated software replica of the 5G physical network allowing for continuous prototyping and self-optimization.
The Lab selects 15 to 20 member companies twice a year in the Spring and Fall to join the ecosystem and participate in its 12-week program. Applicants are reviewed and considered on a rolling admissions basis.
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