Rogers and Ontario Vehicle Innovation Network Launch 5G Challenge

Rogers and the Ontario Vehicle Innovation Network (OVIN) have just launched a 5G challenge for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that operate in Ontario to accelerate innovation in the automotive sector.

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Mobility and transportation SMEs that operate in Ontario can pitch, build, and test a proof of concept using Rogers 5G to accelerate innovation. As part of the challenge, SMEs are encouraged to envision how they might use the 5G network for an innovative and ultra-low latency application.

Winners will be able to demonstrate and showcase their applications on-site at the David Johnston Research + Technology Park using the Rogers 5G-enabled testbed, which is an element of the 5G Smart Campus lit up as part of the Rogers multi-year partnership with the University of Waterloo.

“Through OVIN, we’re building a network that is driving the future of the automotive and mobility sector to build safer, cleaner, and more efficient transportation,” said Raed Kadri, Head of OVIN, in an issued statement.

“This 5G Transportation Challenge will bring to life innovative new transportation solutions driven by our world-class 5G network,” said Jorge Fernandes, CTO Rogers Communications.

“Our government recognizes that the development of new transportation technologies is key to unlocking economic growth and job creation throughout our province,” said Caroline Mulroney, Ontario Minister of Transportation.

SMEs are encouraged to submit their proof-of-concept ideas by May 2. On May 24, finalists will be announced and will be invited to pitch their ideas live to a panel of judges.