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TSSG success in EU Technology Platforms

Today it was announced that Mr Jim Clarke, Strategic EU Liaison Manager, TSSG and Dr. Kevin Quinn, Researcher, TSSG, secured TSSG’s leading position on prestigious European Technology Platforms, NET!Works and NEM.

Dr Kevin Quinn, secured TSSG’s position on the steering board of Net!Works, a European Technology Platform for communications networks and services which gathers more than 700 players of the communications networks sector: including industry leaders, innovative SMEs, and leading academic institutions. Net!Works mission is to strengthen Europe’s leadership in networking technology and services so that it best serves Europe’s citizens and the European economy.

NEM, the Networked and Electronic Media Initiative, is an industry-led initiative, aims to foster the convergence between consumer electronics, broadcasting and telecoms in order to develop the emerging business sector of networked and electronic media. Jim Clarke will be an active participant on the board, further reinforcing TSSG’s expertise in convergence.

“Participating at a leadership level in initiatives such as these is a huge coup for TSSG, it reinforces our reputation as leaders in ICT research” said Kevin Doolin, Chief Engineer, Scientific & Technical Board Chair, TSSG, “This is an exceptional result, particularly as we are the only Irish representatives on each board which once again confirms TSSG’s position as world class researchers both nationally and internationally” he said.

ASTRAL Cuts Energy Costs for Business

Centralised management system monitors & controls devices

A team of researchers from Waterford Institute of Technology’s (WIT) Telecommunications Software and Systems Group (TSSG) has created ASTRAL, a new energy management system that can drastically reduce spending on electricity while increasing operational efficiency.

As global energy prices continue to rise, there is greater pressure on enterprises to cut spending on wasted energy. ASTRAL, developed over five years in TSSG, is a flexible management system that can reduce energy spending by monitoring the use of all devices in a building. Using sensors, it can determine which devices are using the most electricity and can turn off computers, phones, lighting, heating, ventilation systems when not required.

According to Kevin Quinn, Researcher, TSSG, “We have developed a centralised system for light, heating, IT that matches energy requirements to usage. It provides a global view of energy requirements and allows tight control over costs and is fast and simple to implement”, he said.

ASTRAL’s energy management platform can record and graph the energy spend of every device in a building and can ensure that no devices are consuming power when employees leave their offices at the end of the working day or week.

“Studies show that in the US alone it costs $2.8 billion (€2 billion) per annum to power PCs when they are not in use. We estimate that ASTRAL can provide savings of up to €53 per computer per year by simply powering down unused PCs. This is a considerable energy saving for any PC-heavy business, even before you take into account additional savings on lighting, heating, ventilation” etc.

“The ASTRAL system involves attaching a sensor to each device, which is controlled from a central hub. It integrates easily and seamlessly with the existing power infrastructure and it doesn’t require costly upgrades or interfere with daily work routines. It can transform buildings into energy-efficient ecosystems without the need for changes to corporate culture or policies,” he said.

ASTRAL is the result of five years of R&D in autonomic and policy management systems at the TSSG. It is the first building-wide Energy Management System to measure and manage all the energy being used in a building – from large systems, such as heating and lighting systems, down to individual devices plugged into wall sockets such as PCs, water coolers, etc. ASTRAL also interconnects to a wide range of sensor types and sensor protocols, including Zigbee and EnOcean. For more information visit: www.astral-energy-saver.com

Future Internet Week – Poznań

In October 2011, (24th -26th ) leading researchers and programmers, dealing with next-generation Internet, will come to Poznań, Poland for Future Internet Week. The 3 day conference will include the following meetings: Future Internet Poland, Internet of Things, European Network of Living Labs (joint with FIC), FIRE Conference, Future Internet Assembly, FIRE Conference, ICT Committee, Service Wave, FI Socio Economics (FISE) Working Group, ICT Clusters Forum, FI Cluster Meeting, ICT Finance Marketplace, FI PPP Meetings: Steering Board, FI Steering Group, FI Proposers’ Day and a number of other side events. It will provide a unique opportunity to discuss new ICT technologies, as well as enable active dialogue between the public and private sectors. It will also be one of the most important social events of the Polish Presidency, crucial from the perspective of “Europe 2020” strategy.

Miguel Ponce de Leon, Chief Technologist, TSSG, will be running a session focusing on “Future Internet, Key Architectural Challenges“.

And Jim Clarke, Strategic EU Liaison Manager, TSSG, will be running Session 12, which focuses on “User In Control“, Putting the Users in Control of their data and information in the Future Internet.

To find out more about the event and to register, click here

$1 trillion is just the start for mobile network upgrades

Author: Cian O’Sullivan

Date: 14.09.2011

Internet use is expanding at a frightening pace. Smartphones and tablets have made connected devices completely ubiquitous; almost any person you meet on the street will have a wirelessly connected device in their pocket. Usage of mobile data is growing at a phenomenal rate. Both IDC and Juniper Research have released forecasts that point directly to the need for massive upgrades to our telecommunications networks. For each potential solution, there are an army of supporters and detractors. But one thing is absolutely certain: something needs to be done.

Market researcher IDC has looked at the number of people accessing the Internet through wireless portable devices like smartphones and tablets. Two days ago, it claimed that this market is expanding so fast that it won’t be long before the number of people who access the Internet on PCs and other wired devices “will first stagnate and then slowly decline. Western Europe and Japan will not be far behind the U.S. in following this trend.” IDC says that the number of internet users in general will have increased to 2.7 billion by 2015 – 40% of the world’s population – and that the majority of these people will be connecting over mobile.

And that report feeds directly into one today, this time from Juniper Research. Juniper has made the rather dramatic claim that nearly a trillion dollars will need to be pumped into mobile network upgrades over the next 5 years in order to meet the spectacularly fast-growing demand for mobile Internet connections. As more and more LTE networks begin to come on-line, the speed with which data can be transmitted over mobile Internet will increase. And as the speed and stability of mobile Internet improves, more people will be drawn to using it. The real problem here is backhaul – when you use your mobile, you are communicating with the nearest cell tower or mast. Backhaul (very basically) is the data that all those masts transmit back to the core network. It’s a vast amount of information, and it’s only going to get bigger. According to the Juniper report, operators globally will need to spend $840 billion to make sure that their backhaul systems don’t fatally clog up. Juniper believes that microwave and fiber updates to backhaul will dominate the scene when it comes to backhaul upgrades.

Relevant TSSG LTE stuff

But here at the TSSG, we take a more all-encompassing approach to the problem. The physical upgrades discussed above definitely do need to take place. But there are other factors to take into account. Software and network structure elements also need to be performed. In particular, operators need to make sure that not only will network speeds increase, but that the infrastructute of the networks themselves will improve in order to meet the vast demand that is coming our way. It’s not just the amount of data that’s going to increase. Thanks to smartphones, tablets and netbooks, the sheer quantity of devices that will need to access the Internet is also exploding. IPv4 is currently going throught it’s death throes – with the very last blocks of addresses expected to be handed out THIS WEEK. But there are many people who believe that simply throwing on more addresses with IPv6 will not address the actualy problems inherent in the network. Internet Protocol lacks a properly functioning routing and addressing system – and as the number of connected devices increases, this problem will only get worse.

One solution is through the RINA architecture, championed by Professor John Day (one of the pioneers of the Internet) and the TSSG. This new architecture could replace the existing IP infrastructure without affecting the experience of the users, and fixes the existing routing/addressing problems. Research into bio-inspired networking can also provide a solution – you can see our article series on the ways that nature can improve networks, by giving networks the ability to autonomically adapt to changing pressures, and giving information packets the ability to “sniff” their way to their destination (another solution to the routing problem).

Source:

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/mobile-network-upgrades-of-up-to-840bn-required-over-next-five-years-to-meet-burgeoning-data-demand-finds-juniper-research-2011-09-14

http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS23028711

http://www.tssg.org/2011/08/ants-internet-bio-inspired-networks-tssg/

http://www.tssg.org/2011/08/bio-inspired-networks-cancer-internet/

http://www.tssg.org/2011/06/whats-wrong-with-the-internet-everything/

Don’t get hacked: use technical and social defences

Author: Cian O’Sullivan

Date: 13.09.2011

So far 2011 seems to have been the Year of the Hacker. There have been more high-profile stories about hacking this year than any I can remember. And while the cryptic world of hacking brings images of high-tech “cyber criminals” to many minds, several news stories this week remind us that hacking is often just another form of con artistry – and simply takes advantage of human carelessness and basic mistakes.

There are two highly interesting hacking stories circulating in the media at the moment. The crisis of trust in on-line certificate provider Diginotar saw the company being removed from many “trusted” lists, prompted companies like Apple and Adobe to rush out patches to deal with the threat, and caused such immediate terror amongst certificate providers that GlobalSign only started issuing certificates again today. At the same time, we have seen the Linux Foundation taking its own website down after kernel.org was breached around two weeks ago. And those are just the two most recent stories. This year has seen organisations like LulzSec and AnonOps go a-crusading against the targets that raise their ire.

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