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KPN Fieldlabs

Making innovation tangible
and applicable

New services that bring enjoyment and convenience. With this goal in mind, KPN Fieldlabs are exploring the boundaries of technology. And, where necessary, we are pushing these boundaries.

Innovation does not just happen; genuine innovation requires hard work, discipline and structure. It is more than just generating ideas. You can’t make a difference with just a good idea. But you can with a tangible, end-user tested application.

We know all about this at KPN Fieldlabs. Recently announced or introduced technology was already being developed years ago in KPN Fieldlabs. Think of, for example, PON (Passive Optic Network), 5G and edge computing.

KPN Fieldlabs has five overarching functions:

  1. Strengthen KPN as an innovative leader
  2. Create ecosystems with partners and customers
  3. Inspire and digitize society
  4. Influence standardization and regulation
  5. Discover and test new technologies.

In the fieldlabs we work together with our technology partners, customers and suppliers to optimize the technology. Side-by-side, we convert concepts into concrete products or services and we co-create with our customers based on the philosophy of "business first, technology second".

The various KPN Fieldlabs are spread throughout the Netherlands; each one aimed at different sectors. From autonomous driving to precision agriculture and from virtual reality in industry to smart antennas in urban areas.

Currently, the following labs are active:

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Hyperconnected cities

KPN Innovation Playground

The Innovation Playground in Rotterdam is KPN's technology hub with the aim of connecting new technologies of our suppliers and partners, to develop new services and products for our customers. In an inspiring and innovative environment, makers and developers can invent and test new services on our network with the security solutions that KPN offers.

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Industry 4.0

Fieldlab Brainport

A KPN Fieldlab has been set up at the Brainport Industries Campus (BIC) in Eindhoven with business partners from the industrial sector. Ultra-reliability and low-latency communications (URLLC) is essential for the transformation to the industry that integrates smart and connected manufacturing systems, designed to interact with the physical world and predict future changes.

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Fieldlab Automotive Campus

In this fieldlab in Helmond, together with partners, we are focusing on communication between cars and between cars and the environment. We are preparing for an era in which cars drive in an automated mode and depend on mobile communication. Think, for example, of smart traffic lights. This will make traffic safer and more efficient through the use of 5G.

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Fieldlab Johan Cruijff Arena

This fieldlab in Amsterdam is the largest 5G indoor location in the Netherlands. Here we tested urban usage scenarios such as crowd control, fan experiences at events and service priority for pin terminals. One of the guiding questions was: can 5G enable critical communications to create a digital perimeter, or 'virtual fence'?

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Precision farming

The more precisely a farmer can spray his plants, the less crop protection agent is needed. With the help from a drone and a super-fast network with 5G technology. Cleaner fruit and vegetables through targeted control of harmful viruses on crops.

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Safety is important at Shell Pernis. We installed a 5G network there and, together with partners, developed robots and helmets that make work even safer and more efficient. In parallel, the Brainport Industry Campus (BIC) in Eindhoven is collaborating on even more Industry 4.0 use cases.

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In elderly care, technology can help people stay connected and live at home for longer, yet safe and secure.

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Facts KPN Fieldlabs

Established: 2018

Objective: KPN Fieldlabs makes tangible and applicable innovations by merging technical experiments with existing network infrastructures and by developing new technologies.

Examples of innovations: Voice over LTE, 5G-Blueprint, Collision Avoidance. Check out our innovatie booklet for all the use cases from the past five years.

Contact: Do you want to know more or to get in touch with KPN Fieldlabs? Send an email or call +31 6 22 81 48 15.


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