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Unlock Your Startup's Potential: Access Smart Futures Lab's 5G Network in Denver!

Updated: May 14



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SFL program members learning about 5G network specifications

5G Network Access in Downtown Denver, Colorado

At the core of innovation is turning ideas into real-life solutions. At Smart Futures Lab, we believe in fostering this transformation, providing the necessary tools, environment, and support for tech entrepreneurs to thrive. Recently, we had the privilege of hosting members of our incubator and accelerator program, for a tour of the lab facility and a thorough walk through of our state-of-the-art 5G network.


The highlight of the tour was the introduction of the private 5G network—a game-changer for technology development and testing. Participants were treated to a presentation on our state-of-the-art network architecture and had the opportunity to witness the network rack in action.


The conversation was led by Jeff Clark, Chief Innovation Officer at RF Connect. With unparalleled speed, reliability, and security, our private 5G network opens up a world of possibilities. Jeff spoke to all the specifications of the network and how product testing could be done.


Key specifications of the private 5G network at Smart Futures Lab include:

  • Indoor and outdoor coverage for different use cases.

  • Downtown Denver location with living lab environment for sensing and testing in real-world scenarios.

  • Open Radio Access Network (ORAN) architecture, which provides a neutral platform for interaction between different 5G network operators and vendors developing solutions.

  • Private and configurable to enhance security and research capabilities.

  • Support for 5G Stand Alone (5GSA) networks.

  • Compatibility with 5G band n48.

  • Traffic Termination: APN “internet” for Generic Internet Access, Unfiltered Outbound, and No Inbound Access; APN “lan” for Private Subnet on CU Campus Network.


The Importance of 5G Access

Tyler Svitak, Executive Director of the Colorado Smart Cities Alliance and one of the designers of the Smart Futures Lab, elaborates on the Lab’s resources, “The Smart Futures Lab was created to provide unparalleled access to the resources, technology, and environment that often prevent infrastructure innovation. There are only a few places in the world where you get access to a private 5G network and a living lab for testing - the Smart Futures Lab is one of them.” 


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5G network rack at Smart Futures Lab

The 5G Lab services at Smart Futures Lab include test devices, technical support, and engineering guidance.


Tyler Svitak, Executive Director of the Colorado Smart Cities Alliance and one of the designers of the Smart Futures Lab, elaborates on the Lab’s resources, “The Smart Futures Lab was created to provide unparalleled access to the resources, technology, and environment that often prevent infrastructure innovation. There are only a few places in the world where you get access to a private 5G network and a living lab for testing - the Smart Futures Lab is one of them.” 


What is 5G?

5G or fifth-generation cellular technology, is the latest standard in mobile networking, succeeding 4G LTE. It promises significantly faster data speeds, lower latency, and greater capacity compared to its predecessors. With speeds potentially reaching up to 100 times faster than 4G, 5G opens the door to innovations like augmented reality, virtual reality, and the Internet of Things (IoT).


Its lower latency enables near-instantaneous communication between devices, making it ideal for applications that demand real-time responsiveness, such as autonomous vehicles and remote surgery. 5G networks utilize advanced technologies like millimeter-wave spectrum, massive MIMO (Multiple Input, Multiple Output), and network slicing to deliver these enhanced capabilities, revolutionizing how we connect and communicate in the digital age.


This advanced network infrastructure provides our members with a sandbox for innovation, allowing them to test, refine, and scale their smart city technologies with ease. From IoT devices to autonomous systems, our 5G network helps boost progress, propelling our members towards success in an increasingly connected world.


Prototyping Lab Access

The visit also included a walkthrough of the prototyping lab, a dynamic space designed to facilitate the construction and testing of prototypes. Equipped with a diverse array of cutting-edge machinery, our lab serves as a playground for creativity and experimentation.

Among the the lab equipment program members have access to:


  • Additive Equipment: Prusa 3D Printers and SLA Resin Printers

  • Subtractive Equipment: CO2 Laser Cutter, drill press, woodworking bandsaw, and a metal-cutting bandsaw. 

  • Electronics and robotics equipment: soldering irons and power supplies. 

  • For a full list of all lab equipment, click here.


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SFL program members walk through the prototyping lab

These cutting-edge tools serve as the backbone of our incubator and accelerator program, empowering participants to bring their visions to life. Whether it's rapid prototyping, precision machining, or intricate electronic circuitry, our lab is equipped to handle it all.

As we continue to push the boundaries of innovation, Smart Futures Lab remains committed to empowering the next generation of tech founders.


With unmatched resources, collaborative partnerships, and a steadfast commitment to excellence, we are cultivating innovation. Join our program and scale your tech company! 




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