Creating a sustainable networked planet

Friday 28 November 2014

A new cutting-edge research program is positioning Melbourne’s world-leading Centre for Energy-Efficient Telecommunications (CEET ) at the heart of industry efforts to create a sustainable networked planet. CEET researchers at the University of Melbourne will undertake a new program to address the billions of devices and applications expected to make up the so-called Internet of Things.

The new program will utilise CEET’s award-winning commercial research partnership with Alcatel-Lucent, a leading global IP networking, ultra-broadband access and cloud technology specialist, and its renowned innovation engine, Bell Labs. It will be supported by new funding arrangements agreed between Alcatel-Lucent, the University of Melbourne and the Victorian State Government.

The Internet of Things is emerging a major global opportunity and industrial challenge. 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 devices will be supported by a further 1 billion coordinating gateways and the global telecommunications network. The associated data processing and transmission will result 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.”

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 hard ware technologies, virtual or cloud-based processing specifications, and energy consumption models.

CEET Director, Dr Kerry Hinton, said the new research agenda would establish Melbourne at the heart of efforts to create a sustainable networked planet.

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.”

More information: Kat Franks, 03 8344 7682

About CEET

The Centre for Energy-Efficient Telecommunications (CEET ) is an academic-industry collaboration located within the University of Melbourne. CEET was launched in March 2011 by Alcatel-Lucent, the Victorian State Government and the University of Melbourne to address the massive projected growth in energy consumption linked to surging Internet demand. Awarded in Australia as a best practice model of academic-industry collaboration, CEET 's research program covers a range of factors critical to the future of IP networking, cloud and ultra-broadband access. More information on CEET visit our website.

CEET acknowledges the support it receives from the Victorian Government.