BT, the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) and Facebook partnered to open a UK hub for developing next-generation telecoms technology in 2017.
TEAC (TIP Ecosystem Acceleration Centre) UK provides an opportunity for successful start-ups to work closely with BT engineers based out of Adastral Park, while having access to BT's network infrastructure, hardware and testing facilities. Start-ups also receive 12 month membership of Innovation Martlesham and further collaborative and networking opportunities within the TIP and TEAC community.
Edge Computing and 5G Private Network Infrastructure
On Friday 17 January, BT and TIP welcomed the six TEAC UK Wave 3 shortlisted finalists to the BT Tower. The judges from BT and TIP heard from start-ups with services that can deliver business or social benefits by utilising Edge Computing or 5G Private Network Infrastructure.
The companies pitching were:
The audience was made up of academics, venture capitalists, investors, customers and analysts who were all interested in TEAC UK and the central themes. After long deliberation, the judges came to the decision that there would be two winners:
DoubleMe, who are working on a potentially new way of communicating, by capturing volumetric data on individuals through a single camera and machine learning. They use edge compute to process the data and a holographic image is displayed to the receiving party. Think Star Wars!
Ori Industries, who are exploring a ‘cloud native edge compute' solution - rethinking how software interacts with physical global infrastructure to build an incredibly fast and intelligent cloud that can seamlessly compute anywhere.
These two companies will now get to collaborate with BT Research for the next 12-18 months, developing their solutions. They also get the opportunity to join Innovation Martlesham, the hi-tech cluster based at Adastral Park, and enjoy the benefits like business support, mentoring, and investment opportunities. There are also other collaborative and networking opportunities in the TIP and TEAC communities that winners get access to.
Paul Crane, BT Networks Research Director, and judge on the day commented:
"The TEAC UK Wave 3 finals day was very exciting and inspirational. The six finalists were very high quality, demonstrating the possibilities of edge computing and 5G private networks. The high standard of the entries made the judging very challenging. Congratulations to the winners, DoubleMe and Ori industries!"
Dean Gasson, TEAC UK Lead for BT said of the event:
"Year on year the quality of applications we receive to TEAC UK is soaring. The great thing about our competition is that it unearths fantastic telco innovation right here in the UK, but this year we received applications as far away as Australia! Post-final, we're now looking forward to the year ahead with the winners and seeing what we can accomplish together."
Intent-Based Networking and Rural Mobile Coverage
In 2018, TEAC UK launched its second annual competition, seeking innovative solutions from start-ups in the Intent-Based Networking and Rural Mobile Coverage fields. Highlights of event are below.