Kongsberg set to become Norway’s first 5G pilot

A key element for our ability to use new technologies such as autonomous, driverless, vehicles

Kongsberg is to become the first town in Norway which Telenor will pilot 5G technology. Autonomous buses, drones, emergency communication and eHealth are just some of the applications which may be trialled.

– 5G technology could transform many critical social applications such as traffic management, health services and key communication services, including emergency communication. We are therefore thrilled to announce this partnership with Kongsberg’s exciting environment of innovation, says Ove Fredheim, Head of Telenor’s Corporate Market Division.

The letter of intent was signed today at the Kongsberg Technology Summit in the presence of all the collaboration partners. The initial participants in the pilot are Telenor, Kongsberg municipality, Applied Autonomy and Kongsberg Innovasjon. Other parties will be able to sign up in due course.

– We will test specific applications and technologies which will be controlled via the 5G network. The initial trials will involve an autonomous bus, which will have a dedicated 5G network from the railway station to the industrial park in Kongsberg, says Fredheim.

The new 5G network will see the introduction of what is known as “network slicing”. This technology makes it possible to offer more logical networks adapted to meet the needs of different user groups in terms of bandwidth, reliability and system lag over the same physical network. 5G technology offers considerable flexibility in terms of services and can be configured to meet widely varying customer needs over a single common infrastructure.

– 5G presents us with entirely new opportunities for developing and operating services and control functions for autonomous vehicles, says Olav Madland of Applied Autonomy.


Bringing autonomous transportation into cities

Kongsberg is among 13 partners across 8 countries that are part of a new EU-project called Sohjoa Baltic. The project aim is to bring autonomous transportation into cities around the Baltic Sea.

Public transport is not as flexible and accessible as private cars in the Baltic Sea region. The Sohjoa Baltic project works towards increasing the attractiveness of public transport by improving offered services and introducing autonomous driverless electric minibuses, especially for the first and last mile of the journey. It proposes recommendations for environmentally friendly and smart automated public transport and guidelines on the organisational set-up. The project will run from 2017 to 2020 and is financed by the EU with about 4 million euros.

Kongsberg’s role

Kongsberg represents Norway in the consortium of partners in the Sohjoa Baltic project. As one of 13 partners, Kongsberg is responsible for leading the driverless minibus study on long city demonstrations. Based on the demonstrations, Kongsberg will contribute with knowledge on vehicle operation in difficult environments, support systems for operators and users, information and ticketing systems, city planning, infrastructure optimization and the travel behavior and interaction of automated vehicles.

Kongsberg will start trials with an autonomous minibus in september 2018. The autonomous bus will be tested in a real-life environment among Kongsberg’s public traffic and pedestrians.

Sohjoa Baltic 13 partners across 8 countries

  • Metropolia University of Applied Sciences (FI), lead partner
  • The Municipality of Kongsberg (NO)
  • Forum Virium Helsinki (FI)
  • Finnish Transport Safety Agency (FI)
  • Helsinki Region Transport Authority HSL (FI)
  • FLOU Solutions Ltd (FI)
  • Tallinn University of Technology (EE)
  • Tallinn Transport Department (EE)
  • Chalmers University of Technology (SE)
  • Zemgale Planning Region (LV)
  • Institute fro Climate Protection, Energy and Mobility (DE)
  • The City of Gdansk (PL)
  • The Municipality of Vejle (DK)