City Experimentation

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Bristol Data Dome

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IoT Mesh

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Wireless Mile

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Full SDN / NFV

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In 2015 & 2016 Bristol Is Open is turning-on the Platform that will support a wide range of experiments and applications.  Details of what will be working when are available on this page.

Beta City Experimentation as a Service

Urban challenges are everywhere, and new relevant technologies need new testing environments.  Rather than building their own lab-based environments, Bristol Is Open offers local companies, communities, other international technology and ICT companies City Experimentation as a Service, using digital infrastructure across Bristol as a research and development laboratory for urban change.

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Bristol Data Dome

Housed in At-Bristol’s Planetarium, the 98-seat Bristol Data Dome, is the UK’s only stereo 3D hemispherical screen with 4K resolution. It is connected to a high-performance computer at the University of Bristol via a 30Gb/s fibre link.  The combination of immersive display, on-demand network capacity and considerable computing power provides a breakthrough experience in visualising complex experiments, creating interactive virtual reality environments and providing individual audience members with their own unique viewpoint.

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IoT Mesh

The launch of the IoT Mesh network will open-up the test-bed to a wide range of Internet-of-Things (IoT) developers. In doing so, Bristol Is Open will enable companies to perfect their new technology solutions for everything from smart rubbish bins to connected streetlamps and a wide range of IoT sensors. The Mesh offers the opportunity for innovators to develop, test and showcase their apps and services in a real-time environment on a real-world, city-wide network.

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Wireless Mile

The Wireless Mile follows Bristol’s famous harbour-side visited by many thousands of people daily.  Nearby landmark destinations including the SS Great Britain, Millennium Square, Watershed, Arnolfini, MShed, Thekla, and WelshBack. A range of wireless technologies, including Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G, LTE and 5G technologies use advanced wireless technology to connect to the core fibre network. The Wireless mile will enable public cellular network operators and application developers to test 5G technologies and public-facing services (pending Ofcom approval).

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Software Defined Network Control

The final launch phase, scheduled for the Autumn of 2016, will see the completion of the city-wide test bed with the implementation of a Software Defined Network Controller (SDNC), Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) technology and a network emulator.  These additions will optimise network traffic-flows for maximum efficiency and, using the OpenFlow protocol, provide a standardized platform to allow researchers to run experiments and development projects using the technologies of their choice.

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