Dundee confirmed as location for next Scotland 5G Centre innovation hub

DUNDEE has been confirmed as the location for the Scotland 5G Centre’s next innovation hub.

The move is designed to ensure 5G technologies help ‘drive growth and increase opportunities’ for employment and investment in the city and the wider Tay Cities region.

Businesses specialising in technology and entertainment are tipped to benefit from the new hub set up by the Scotland 5G Centre (S5GC), in partnership with Abertay University, Dundee City Council and Scottish Futures Trust.

The launch is part of the S5GConnect programme to deliver a network of hubs to drive growth across Scotland, as part of the Scottish Government 2020/21 Programme for Government. The Dundee hub will work with regional businesses and provide access to a 5G development platform.

Experts from the Scotland 5G Centre will lead work in the hub in collaboration with Abertay University’s emergent technology centre and the InGAME R&D centre, with the physical site location to be confirmed in the coming weeks.

The hub will provide access to a Dundee City Council-led testbed, a demonstration and development environment, where organisations can test and develop new 5G applications and services.

5G is expected to offer opportunities to design products and services incorporating technologies such as immersive, interactive, Artificial Intelligence (AI), virtual reality, automation and the Internet of Things (IoT). Another focus area will be cyber security. The hub will encourage the adoption of cyber security practices for SMEs who adopt 5G technologies through collaboration with Abertay University.

Paul Coffey, CEO at The Scotland 5G Centre, said, “Dundee has a proud track record of partnership working with established tech networks to enable the city to flourish. The local team at the 5G innovation hub will support organisations, networks and communities to get involved in the acceleration of 5G deployment at an earlier stage. We will work closely with the city’s games industry to enable organisations to harness the many opportunities that 5G offers, such as truly simultaneous game play.”

The S5GC Innovation Hub will be operational from May.