First-of-its-kind Indiana 5G Zone to accelerate innovation and advance related technologies
The Indiana 5G Zone will occupy 3,000 square feet within the 24,000-square-foot downtown Indianapolis headquarters of the Eleven Fifty Academy, a non-profit educational entity that helps professionals upskill and launch careers in technology. Co-locating the Indiana 5G Zone here will integrate the 5G infrastructure and testing facilities within the academy’s immersive coding and cybersecurity training programs.
The facility is being established by the Indiana 5G Forum, which has developed to include several notable stakeholders, including AT&T, Verizon, Purdue University, Eleven Fifty Academy, Indiana IoT Lab - Fishers, Battery Innovation Center, Wabash Heartland Innovation Network (WHIN), Energy Systems Network, Indiana University, and the University of Notre Dame with the intent to add more partners from near and far. The Indiana 5G Zone is sponsored as part of a strategic initiative established in partnership with the Indiana Economic Development Corporation to leverage Indiana’s developing digital infrastructure to catalyze innovation and support rapidly-developing companies.
Once opened, the Indiana 5G Zone will offer businesses, universities, government, and research institutions the ability to book fee-for-service lab space at the facility, leveraging its unique 5G network infrastructure to develop and test new technologies, products or service applications, while also having access to shared spaces for programming and events. It will be the first node of what will become a statewide 5G-related resource network.
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At the June 2019 Indy 5G Summit, fifty-five industry, academic, and policy leaders from across the state and country recognized that the emergence of 5G network technologies represents a significant opportunity to spark innovation, create meaningful work, and improve the overall quality of life.
Out of this summit came the creation of the Indiana 5G Forum, a statewide collaborative network, to establish the city of Indianapolis and state of Indiana as an international center of excellence for 5G technologies by committing more resources to testing, research, training, and business creation.
The first focus of the Indiana 5G Forum is the establishment of the Indiana 5G Zone, which will be strengthened by additional testing and training efforts at Discovery Park District, a 200-acre innovation community integrated with Purdue University’s West Lafayette campus, and the contiguous ten-county Wabash Heartland Innovation Network (WHIN).
We will act in earnest to accelerate our efforts and seek novel ways to collaborate.
We invite companies large and small who want to test their 5G-enabled innovations to come to Indianapolis.
Working together, we can test just how fast 5G will be in the field and how well the new architecture works.
Working together, we can create the first killer applications where 5G is not only desirable but essential.