IBBT and i-City is a unique Living Lab partnership based on the i-City Living Lab infrastructure and the IBBT scientific Living Lab expertise. This partnership has experience in large scale Living Lab facilitation and research and is situated in the Flemish cities of Hasselt and Leuven (Belgium).

Description of concept
The i-City Living Lab setting is a large-scale laboratory for research into mobile applications. It converts the city of Hasselt and the city of Leuven into real-life test and experimentation environments for the applications of tomorrow. It is introducing concrete services to up to 4,000 test users, equipped with handheld devices in a wireless city and thus forms the blueprint of the future connected society. Also, tested applications can be included in the permanent showcase of the i-City Living Lab, where they are demonstrated to service providers worldwide. The i-City Living Lab infrastructure, as a public private co-operation, receives support from numerous business partners and government bodies.

The Interdisciplinary institute for BroadBand Technology (IBBT) is the research institute founded by the Government of Flanders, Belgium, focusing on applications of broadband technology. It is composed of 14 top-of-class research groups, and involves the entire Flemish media and ICT business community. IBBT frequently carries out multidisciplinary Living Lab research to facilitate the development and exploitation of broadband services. The research includes technological research on networks, devices and content, together with research on user practices, domestication, usability, adoption, business modelling and regulation. This will ensure that Flanders becomes a leading and internationally recognized player in the information society.
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