Smart Sound Connect recognised by industry for innovation
06 Oct 2022
Smart Sound Connect, the world’s first ocean-focussed 5G testbed, has been recognised by the mobile sector as a cutting-edge innovation platform for the development of the next generation of marine technologies.
At the 20th Mobile Industry Awards, held at Lancaster House in London on the 22nd September, Smart Sound Connect was named as the 5G Innovation of the Year (Product/Service). This prestigious award represents a significant endorsement of the network by the mobile industry and recognises a world leading marine innovation initiative based in Plymouth.
Led and run by Plymouth City Council and Plymouth Marine Laboratory, the network utilises leading technology from Vodafone, Nokia and Steatite. Benefitting from £1.8 million of funding from Heart of the South West LEP, the network is free of charge to use for businesses looking to utilise high speed, low latency data networks at sea to develop innovative marine solutions.
Smart Sound is also a key asset to the global offering of the Plymouth and South Devon Freeport by strengthening the region’s position as a marine autonomy supercluster.
The Freeport will support further investment and innovation opportunities for Smart Sound Connect by supporting marine science seabed research and Offshore Renewable Energy logistics solution trials. As the UK’s first 5G connected ocean trialling area there are plans for Smart Sound to expand along the coast and to subsea obstacle courses and testbeds. Smart Sound will engage with the Freeport Regulatory Network (FREN) through this process.