ENCQOR is a transformational $400 million partnership that brings together five global digital technology leaders (Ericsson, Ciena Canada Inc., Thales Canada Inc., IBM Canada, and CGI) and provincial coordinators Prompt, CEFRIO, Innovation ENCQOR, and Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE).
This partnership is made possible in part by funding from the Canadian government and the provincial governments of Québec and Ontario.
Ciena Corporation’s research and development participation aims to build a forward-looking, open, and programmable broadband packet-optical network to interconnect specific cities and access points in Ontario and Québec. Ciena’s testbed facilitates the rapid development and deployment of user-controlled applications, machine-to-machine communications, and emerging 5G technologies and enables use cases that will influence the definition of future networking capabilities.
Thales’ role for the ENCQOR Project is to develop urban science applications that are ready for testing in a technology showcase by a community of end users, thereby incentivizing industry and university research stakeholders to address urban challenges and identify sustainable solutions. The innovative applications and business models demonstrated may be used subsequently by other cities and regions along the ENCQOR corridor and in additional markets globally. The key areas of interest to Thales include: Urban Mobility, Safe City and Urban Computing applications.
As a key element in ENCQOR’s research and development, the IBM Bromont plant intends to develop and test assembly methods required for the cost-effective manufacturing of optoelectronic components using new photonic technologies. The design and qualification of these components will result in the input-output bandwidth capacity essential to the new generation of data centres, cutting-edge cloud services, and the smooth operation of 5G broadband networks such as that of the ENCQOR consortium.
CGI will help accelerate the transition to a virtual connected workforce with the development of SaaS-based smart grid capabilities to enhance networked services along the ENCQOR 5G communications corridor. The integration of CGI’s PragmaCAD mobile solution will provide a digital platform to support video-based workflow collaboration for field technicians, control and dispatch centers, and mobile-enabled resources.
ENCQOR Innovation brings together large companies, SMES, and academia, to contribute to the advancement of research, innovation and demonstration of applications using a pre-commercial 5G platform based on next-generation digital, information and communication technologies.
Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) drives the commercialization of cutting-edge research across key market sectors to build the economy of tomorrow and secure Ontario's global competitiveness. In doing this, OCE fosters the training and development of the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs and is a key partner with Ontario's industry, universities, colleges, research hospitals, investors and governments.
CEFRIO is a research and innovation organization that supports public and private organizations as they transform their processes and business practices through the appropriation and use of digital technologies. CEFRIO is a member of QuébecInnove and has a mandate from the Government of Québec to contribute to the advancement of Québec society through digital technology. Its work relies on the contributions of its experienced team, a network of over 90 associated researchers as well as the commitment of more than 250 members.
The Government of Canada is investing in 5G technology because it has the potential to change the way we live, work and engage with one another. To be competitive in the global innovation race, we must be bold, visionary and decisive. ENCQOR represents an investment in next-generation wireless technology that will help make Canada a global innovation leader.
The Government of Ontario, through its investment in ENCQOR, is helping businesses in the province capitalize on the vast potential of 5G and other high-speed communications technologies to expand their horizons, accelerate their innovation, and transform the way we all live and do business.
Through ENCQOR, the Government of Québec is helping to create an important synergy between businesses in the information and communications technologies sector and the research and innovation community. Québec is a leader in innovation and the development of cutting-edge digital technologies, which is enhanced by the emergence of 5G.