Full fibre network operator ITS, has announced it has completed the fibre infrastructure which will provide connectivity along the routes of the Smart Mobility Living Lab (SMLL), Europe’s most advanced real-world testbed facilitating the development of future mobility solutions.
ITS has supplied SMLL with a private fibre network to meet the complex needs of the testbed, building 20km of full fibre spine using its ‘dig once’ approach. By reusing existing ducting including ducts built for the 2012 Olympic Games, ITS has avoided disruptive civils digs.
The fibre infrastructure, situated in the heart of London, with facilities in the Royal Borough of Greenwich and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, has been designed to support 5G, and has been installed to connect 34 ‘Vehicle to Roadside’ sensors, CCTV, radar and lidar. It is this connectivity which will allow the Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs) to navigate the complex urban environment of a city by being able to ‘see’ what’s ahead. It also allows clients to watch their on-road vehicle testing live from the SMLL control rooms.
This full fibre project has been completed following ITS’ £45m investment deal with Aviva Investors at the start of the year.
Smart Mobility Living Lab (SMLL) is London’s real-world connected environment for testing and developing future transport and mobility solutions. The locations of the Royal Borough of Greenwich and nearby Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford provide a complex public testing environment, capable of demonstrating and evaluating the use, performance, safety and benefits of CAV technology and future transport services in an accessible and globally recognised environment.
The consortium comprises world-leading expertise from across the transport and technology sectors, including TRL, DG Cities, Cisco, Cubic, Loughborough University, Transport for London and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and is supported by Innovate UK, and the UK Government’s Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (C-CAV) For more information, please visit https://www.smartmobility.london/