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Posted December 1, 2014

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With the number of Internet connected devices rapidly increasing, researchers from Melbourne are starting a new research program to reduce energy consumption of such devices.

Led by the Centre for Energy-Efficient Telecommunications (CEET) at the University of Melbourne, the program will develop new hardware and cloud-based solutions to improving efficiency of energy consumption.

As more connected devices are used across the world through the Internet of Things, there is a need to address the energy demands that provide sensing, monitoring and control for a vast array of things, from traffic lights, to home appliances and building components.

The associated increase in data processing and transmission will result in significant energy consumption.

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.”

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. 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.”

Source: University of Melbourne

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