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5G to rid UK of blackspots, thanks to £210,000 grant for the COCKPIT-5G project

- Project COCKPIT-5G has won £210,000 on Government funding for further research into 5G and AI (artificial intelligence)

- COCKPIT-5G (Crowd blackspot intelligence for 5G rollout) will be joint research with UK SME Ranplan, and the University of Warwick, led by Dr Weisi Guo (School of Engineering) and Prof Rob Procter (Dept. of Computer Science). They are both Turing Fellows at the Alan Turing Institute.

- They aim to curate geospatial data of wireless black-spots to enable 5G services across urban and rural areas.

 5G will be available across the entire UK as black-spots are being identified by researchers at the School of Engineering, University of Warwick. The project COCKPIT-5G has won a £210,000 grant from Gepspatial Commission once they’ve identified black-spots they can enhance connectivity for businesses, AI (Artificial Intelligence), driverless cars and manufacturing.

COCKPIT -5G (Crowd blackspot intelligence for 5G rollout) has been awarded £210,000 by Innovate UK’s Geospatial Commission (via INNOVATEUK) to research where signal black-spots are in the UK and roll out 5G to improve both urban and rural coverage.

Using real-time machines they can identify black-spots which can revolutionise the future digital economy, which depends on mobile broadband services and is critical to ensuring connectivity across a wide range of social and industrial sectors, including driverless cars and manufacturing.

Enhancing 5G across the UK will transform UK businesses and empower UK to lead the AI and 5G revolution.

Dr Weisi Guo, from the School of Engineering at the University of Warwick comments:

“COCKPIT-5G will enable the UK to be world-leaders in new technologies by getting 5G coverage in black-spots. Businesses will be better connected, which in turn improves manufacturing, and we can enhance AI and the development of autonomous vehicles.

“For the consumer of mobile data they could get 5G in rural areas and even on top of Ben Nevis.”

ENDS

APRIL 8 2019

Notes to Editors

 

What is the Geospatial Commission?

The Geospatial Commission is an impartial, expert committee within the Cabinet Office, set up in April 2018 and supported by £80 million of funding. The Geospatial Commission aims to champion and elevate the UK’s strength as a geospatial world leader that coordinates the generation and facilitates the use of domestic geospatial data, products and services across the private and public sectors.

 

Sir Andrew Dillnott and Nigel Clifford are Chair and Deputy Chair respectively.

The Commission is developing the UK’s national geospatial strategy that it will publish at the end of this year. It is running a range of projects to inform the strategy development.

Further details on the Geospatial Commission can be found here.

For further information please contact:

Alice Scott
Media Relations Manager – Science
University of Warwick
Tel: +44 (0) 2476 574 255 or +44 (0) 7920 531 221
E-mail: alice.j.scott@warwick.ac.uk

For further information please contact:

Alice Scott 
Media Relations Manager – Science 
University of Warwick 
Tel: +44 (0) 2476 574 255 or +44 (0) 7920 531 221 
E-mail: alice.j.scott@warwick.ac.uk