In 2016, Vidéotron, created Canada’s first Open-Air Smart Living Lab (LabVI) in collaboration with Ericsson, the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) and Montréal’s Quartier de l’Innovation (QI). Located in the heart of the QI, this infrastructure allows for on-the-ground, real-world testing of new technologies designed to improve and simplify the daily lives of Quebecers.
This unique collaboration brings together the expertise, the knowledge and the technology required to implement landmark smart technology such as 5G and the Internet of Things on a large-scale testing ground. The lab is also a way for the community, universities, industries and the municipal government to contribute to putting our city at the forefront of the next technological revolution. It is recognized by the Government of Québec as a centre of excellence for next-generation evolved networks and the Internet of Things.