The Worcestershire 5G Consortium was awarded funding by the 5G Testbeds and Trials Programme as part of the Programmes initial portfolio of Use Case Trials. The project funding runs from March 2018 to March 2020. Led by a team of 5G and Industry 4.0 experts, the Worcestershire 5G Testbed provides a platform for UK industry to develop and test next-generation technology that will revolutionise the way businesses operate in the future. The Worcestershire 5G Consortium, led by the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, is comprised of global experts and partners including: 5GIC at the University of Surrey, AWTG, O2 and BT, with local businesses already using the technology including Worcester Bosch, Yamazaki Mazak, and multinational defence company, QinetiQ.
Based at Malvern Hills Science Park, the Consortium will explore a range of use cases including increased productivity in manufacturing, machinery fault detection, remote training, and ‘security by design’.