Founding members of the Open Generation Consortium are Ericsson, Nokia, Verizon (NYSE: VZ), Altiostar, FIRST iZ, HUSH Aerospace, Kittyhawk, CTIA – The Wireless Association, Northeastern University and Virginia Tech, Mitre Engenuity said Tuesday.
The consortium will initially focus on testing 5G use cases for drones and use Mitre’s 5G testbed to conduct tests on Virginia Tech-owned ranges. Open Gen plans to create a national network of test ranges to tackle additional use cases.
“Collaborating with this diverse group of members across industry and government will allow the consortium to accelerate the enterprise value of 5G solutions on real-world networks,” said Laurie Giandomenico, chief acceleration officer of MITRE Engenuity. “Open Generation will speak with one technical voice, using clear-cut scientific evidence, and create opportunities for innovation in a low-cost, collaborative way.”
The launch of the consortium came a year after Mitre formed Engenuity as a tech foundation focused on facilitating collaboration with industry, government and academia to protect critical infrastructure.