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However, these new technologies, such as Social XR, require much more from the existing digital infrastructure and will only become commonplace if they work on a large scale accurately, cheaply and without too much equipment, and are available everywhere. We need to innovate more and faster in our digital infrastructure if we want the Dutch digital highways to remain the vital arteries for tomorrow’s digital services.
This is why TNO is working hard on innovations for an optimally functioning digital infrastructure where demanding applications such as XR applications work problem-free alongside all other applications that use the same network.
In our test facilities we have end-to-end network and ICT chains at our disposal, enabling us to test a wide range of innovations, applications and scenarios.
For example, we are working hard on the development of network slicing, which allows service providers to easily deliver customised network functions for specific sectors or customers. By virtually dividing mobile networks into ‘slices’, an individual unique network is created. With all the associated benefits: less complexity, more individual control and flexibility, and guaranteed customised performance for the customer.
An advanced flexible digital infrastructure can only succeed if we connect existing digital networks and platforms like Clouds, Edge Computing and data centres and deploy them variably. These are complex processes in which our service providers, network providers, platform providers and cloud services must optimise their cooperation but, by so doing, enable them to strengthen their position and seize economic opportunities.
In such a partnership TNO works together with service providers from all sectors such as telecom, (health)care, business and agriculture. Naturally, the authorities and industry are also involved. In these kinds of complex innovation projects finding the right project form, approach and partners is an art in itself. This is why Innovation Orchestrators are active within TNO.
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