NTIPRIT Hosts 5G Use Case Labs Workshop at IIT Guwahati

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A two-day workshop titled “5G Use Case Labs: Awareness and Pre-Commissioning Readiness” was inaugurated by Dr. Neeraj Mittal, Secretary (Telecom), Department of Telecommunications, Government of India, at IIT Guwahati. The event, organized by the National Telecommunications Institute for Policy Research, Innovation and Training (NTIPRIT), aimed to explore innovative applications of 5G technology.

Government Initiative and Participation

The workshop is part of the initiative to establish 100 5G Use Case Labs across India, with a special focus on the East Zone. Over 100 participants from approximately 30 institutions in the eastern region attended the workshop. The Standards-R&D-Innovation (SRI) division of the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is overseeing the policy, implementation, and capacity building aspects related to the 5G labs.

The Prime Minister acknowledged the establishment of these labs during the India Mobile Congress held in October the previous year. The goal is to facilitate timely installation and effective utilization by faculty, students, and startup communities.

Various potential use cases of 5G technology were presented during the workshop, covering areas such as government services, enterprises, education, agriculture, health, and entertainment. Industry representatives showcased innovative solutions:

  • Nayan Technologies: Presented a solution to capture parameters related to civic amenities, providing intelligence to government agencies.
  • Nimbal Vision: Showcased a product for monitoring and suggesting/acting on water-saving and leakage issues.
  • Perkant Technology: Presented “Abhayparimit,” an innovative health solution patented in India and the US, previously showcased at WHO.
  • TechXR: Shared low-cost AR-VR solutions with various applications in training, academics, pilgrimage, etc.

Dr. Neeraj Mittal urged academic institutions to maximize the 5G Use Case Lab’s potential by creating new use cases. The goal is to ensure the benefits of 5G technology reach every section of society, contributing to India’s development.

Secretary NEC, Shri K. Moses Chalai, emphasized the need for leveraging 5G use cases for the development of the Northeastern region.

Deliberations took place among faculty members from institutions like IIT Madras and IIT Guwahati, industry representatives, startups, researchers, students, and DoT officers. The workshop also included a visit to the IoT Lab at IIT Guwahati.

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