Cutting Edge Smart Sound Connect Control Centre Opens
13 Oct 2022
Following on from the successful launch of Smart Sound Connect earlier this year, today marks the opening of a state-of-the-art control centre for the network to further enhance the support provided to industry as part of the Smart Sound testing and proving ground based in and around Plymouth Sound. The network was recently recognised by the Mobile sector by receiving the 2022 Mobile Industry Award for 5G Innovation of the Year (Product/Service).
Opened by Councillor Pat Patel, Plymouth City Council’s Cabinet Member for Customer Services, Culture, Leisure and Sport, the Smart Sound Connect Control Centre will provide live access to the world’s first ocean-focussed 5G network, powered by Nokia Digital Automation Cloud (DAC), as well as well as the wider point-to-point data mesh network that covers the full 1000 sq km of ocean that makes up Smart Sound. Hosted by Plymouth City Council at Endeavour House in Oceansgate, the new Control Centre is run by the Council and Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) with support from Smart Sound Connect’s technology partners, Vodafone Business, Nokia and Steatite.
To date, almost 50 use cases have been identified for Smart Sound Connect. Access is provided free of charge and is funded by Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). Businesses looking to use the network will also have free access to the Control Centre for their marine innovation projects.