On Friday, September 27, 2019, it was Researcher Friday in Skellefteå. Researcher Friday is Sweden's most widely spread science festival with activities throughout Sweden, always on the last Friday in September. In Skellefteå, the day takes place in collaboration between Luleå University of Technology and Skellefteå Municipality.
During the day, CDT's business manager and assistant professor Karl Andersson lectured on 5G, the fifth generation of mobile telephony, which opens up entirely new opportunities for the connected industry of the future. The development is expected to take the industry to a whole new level and revolutionize how industrial production is conducted as previously technology leaps such as the steam engine, electrification and robotisation.
Karl told the audience that Luleå University of Technology has established a 5G test bed earlier this year named 5G Innovation Hub North and talked about the three 5G projects available at LTU and CDT; Wireless Innovation Arena, Arctic 5G Test Network and 5G Indoor Hub.
Karl also talked about what opportunities LTU and CDT have to support companies in their development.
- We can provide companies with support, advice and validation when developing new offers within the 5G area. We are addressing small and medium-sized companies and organizations that are already active in the field of wireless communication and newcomers who want to broaden their range of products and services.
Furthermore, Karl talked about the concept of Smart Industry and that Swedish companies must streamline and develop their operations and processes to cope with global competition. Smart industry has a particular focus on the four parts; industry 4.0, sustainable production, knowledge-raising industry and test bed Sweden.
Industry 4.0 is about companies in Swedish industry being a leader in digital development and in exploiting the opportunities of digitalisation. Sustainable production is aimed at increasing resource efficiency, environmental considerations and more sustainable production to contribute to the industry's value creation, job creation and competitiveness. The third area, Knowledge Lift Industry, deals with how the competence supply system will meet the needs of the industry and promote its long-term development. And Test bed Sweden works to make Sweden a leader in research in areas that contribute to strengthening the industrial production of goods and services in Sweden.