Practical 5G Projects

As a state-based public-private partnership (P3), the Indiana 5G lab is in a unique position to forge relationships among stakeholders in government, business, and academia.

The Indiana 5G lab jumpstarts collaboration between key players in all of those sectors to develop and commercialize 5G-enabled innovations. In addition, lawmakers and government officials in the U.S. national security and defense sectors have sought our Subject Matter Experts to shape their decisions on policies around 5G.

Our primary focus is the digital transformation of physical industries. Below are the current areas we are supporting in innovation.

Project Areas


Located in one of the top industrial states, the Indiana 5G lab is a natural fit for advancing manufacturing into the 5G era. 5G will streamline processes and increase profitability through AI, machine learning, and higher-connectivity robotics. By facilitating experimentation, research, and collaboration around 5G deployment, our goal is to make critical manufacturing infrastructure safer and more dependable.


Farms run on massive machinery. When a problem arises with a combine or a processing facility, there are both physical and financial consequences. The Indiana 5G lab is developing a 5G-enabled critical infrastructure gateway to bring agriculture into a new era of connectivity with increased reliability and durability of systems, so that when one element fails, it doesn’t take down a whole operation.


Smart cities go hand in hand with 5G. The IoT devices that enable smart-city infrastructure need continuous connectivity with minimal latency. With its greater speed and reliability, 5G will improve the performance of responsive traffic lights, smart garbage cans, and apps that digitally connect citizens to city services. For data management and processing, 5G-enabled technologies will be an essential link between current data and new systems and sensors.

Completed Practical 5G Projects

In the short time since the 5G lab’s opening in 2020, newsworthy technological advancements that are the first of their kind have already been demonstrated. Below are some recent and current projects from members and partners happening in the lab.

XQ Message

Projects stemming from our partnership with XQ Message, a quantum-safe encryption platform, include cutting edge demos. The Indiana 5G lab and XQ are the first to ever demonstrate packet-based Quantum-resistant Encryption as a Service (QEaaS) over Commercial 5G and a 2-way encrypted video over 5G IoT to a MEC. Additionally, XQ developed an IoT video and thermal image capture over 5G with cloud management as the killer SMart Cities app providing privacy and security to municipalities and their residents. The project also incorporates Mobil Trackr, a temperature monitoring kiosk that is housed in the Lab. Launching soon, a SMART Intersection project will further explore computer vision and Machine learning at the edge, creating a Plug & Play Smart Traffic solution that could be deployed with no to minimal disruption to traffic.  Moreover as the solution could be easily expanded/redeployed the range of scenarios will improve the business case for such systems.

Performance Defense

Another notable partnership is with Performance Defense, an Arizona-based software and systems engineering firm that is developing a Mission Critical 5G IoT Gateway with embedded cyber security. This device will serve as the connection point between controllers, sensors, and intelligent devices to the cloud. Its ability to access the 5G network allows the benefits of 5G while providing multi-layer security. The Gateway leverages XQ Message technology, adding encryption to provide maximum security. Performance Defense is currently building a prototype that will be ready to test in April 2021.

Advances Renewable Power (ARP)

Advanced Renewable Power (ARP) is currently developing a mobile power grid (MPG). The power generation system may use traditional fossil fuel powered generators or renewable energy sources such as solar, wind or hydro (or any combination) to charge the energy storage system. This technology can be deployed to remote or underdeveloped areas to provide critical power where it’s needed. The MPG will also be capable of network connectivity to relay its data via the Performance Defense IoT gateway over 5G. This will allow for real-time remote monitoring and management when deployed to inaccessible locations.

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