Lab To


Purdue University Airport, in collaboration with industry partners Ericsson and Saab, has created a unique 5G network that will serve as a “Lab to Life” proving ground for academics, researchers and business to develop commercial solutions that can be replicated to improve operations and security at airports of all sizes.


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University-owned airport in the U.S.


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Busiest Airport in Indiana, over 125,000 aircraft operations annually


Most innovative

Digitalization at airports requires stable, secure, high-performing wireless networking

Ericsson, one of the leading providers of information and communication technology to service providers across the globe, will contribute a private 5G network for the Purdue Research Foundation to operate at the Purdue University Airport (LAF).

Saab will invest in this project by installing Aerobahn™, a platform that unlocks airport efficiency for airlines and ramp management; SAFE Event Management platforms, a security platform used in airport operation centers; and deploying ADS-B sensors to track aircraft.

Purdue will provide use of its airport as well as the “Lab to Life” testbed established throughout Discovery Park District at Purdue, a 400-acre, mixed-use development adjacent to the university’s campus.

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