ng Connect members research energy-efficient ‘Internet of Things’ devices

2 December 2014

ng Connect members research energy-efficient ‘Internet of Things’ devices

ng Connect member University of Melbourne’s Centre for Energy-Efficient Telecommunications (CEET) have begun a new research program addressing the sustainability of the billions of devices and apps that make up the ‘Internet of Things’.

IP networking and cloud technology specialists Alcatel-Lucent, and their innovation arm, Bell Labs, are partnering in the program and supporting the research financially along with the Victorian Government.

As many as 50 billion connected devices are expected to be deployed across the world by 2020, providing sensing, monitoring and control for a vast array of things, from traffic lights, to home appliances and building components. These ‘Internet of Things’ devices will be supported by a further 1 billion coordinating gateways and the global telecommunications network, resulting in significant energy consumption.

Bell Labs Network Energy Research Program Leader, Dr Thierry Klein, said effective collaboration with skilled specialists would be a key factor in solving future network efficiency issues.

“Efficiency and sustainability are already significant challenges for the telecommunications industry and this will only increase as more devices are connected and more data is moving around the network,” he said. “Our work with CEET is a critical part of the Bell Labs sustainability research agenda and this new research program will play a big part in how we address challenges for the global telecommunications industry in the future.”

“Efficiency and sustainability are already significant challenges for the telecommunications industry and this will only increase as more devices are connected and more data is moving around the network… this new research program will play a big part in how we address challenges for the global telecommunications industry in the future”

Dr Thierry Klein – Network Energy Research Program Leader, Bell Laps

Building on existing expertise in areas such as measurement and modelling, CEET will address this complex challenge through projects to produce new designs, protocols and hardware technologies, virtual or cloud-based processing specifications, and energy consumption models.

“CEET has proven leadership in understanding the complex energy requirements of the global telecommunications network. This next phase will build on that leadership, contributing to industrial solutions that ensure the unquestionable benefits of our connected world do not come at an unsustainable cost.”

http://www.ceet.unimelb.edu.au/news/media/2014-11-28.html

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