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Internet 'playground' Trials New Tech to Deliver Smart Cities

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University of Bristol researchers are setting up an Internet playground to try out new kinds of Internet infrastructure on a national scale.

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Researchers at the University of Bristol in the U.K. are working on the Initiate project, which aims to set up an "Internet playground" to test new kinds of Internet infrastructure on a national scale.

The Bristol researchers believe an improved Internet could make a wide variety of new applications possible. "It was originally designed for basic communication like email, and now we want 4K video available to us standing on the street," says Bristol's Dimitra Simeonidou.

The Initiate project will test technologies designed to make Internet connections faster and more secure, and lay the foundation for smart cities and other Internet of Things applications. "We will be connecting everything from smart cities to 5G mobile Internet," Simeonidou says.

Although some of the technologies already exist, the new project will enable them to be tested at a national level, says University College London's Polina Bayvel.

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