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Energy saving technology for IT equipment and software applications sought by Dutch telecom provider

Country of Origin: Netherlands
Reference Number: TRNL20190408001
Publication Date: 8 April 2019

Summary

Dutch telecom company with various networks providing telecom, IT and television services is looking for technology to reduce and monitor energy of software applications and hardware. For example by making the data traffic and usage responsive or using more energy efficient software coding. The company aims to set up a cooperative pilot project to demonstrate the potential of the technology within the framework of a services agreement. This challenge is published on an open innovation platform.

Description

The rapidly growing amount of data traffic of users has a strong effect on the software and application landscape. The energy usage of the telecom industry has become substantial. To contribute to the reduction of CO2 this provider is already making a strong effort to reduce its energy usage. Next to rationalization, steps have already been taken by reusing residual heat for heating of buildings in the surroundings of their data centers. And now the company is looking for next steps to take.

Within telecom networks the two main energy consuming parts are the network infrastructure and the IT platforms. The energy consumption of IT platforms is not influenced by the amount of data traffic handled. Given that networks are becoming more and more software driven through virtualization the working with and creating of more energy efficient applications and software is key in reducing the energy footprint.
For this the company is interested in technology to create better insights in energy consumption of their software applications and server level. In addition to this it is also looking for technology to actively manage and reduce the energy consumption of the network and IT platforms.

The company aims to set up a cooperative pilot project to demonstrate the potential of the technology within the framework of a services agreement.

IMPORTANT: This technology request refers to an innovation challenge published on an open internet platform. If an organization expresses interest before the closing date, it will be guided towards this open innovation platform. After registration participants can browse free through other submissions and engage in discussions. All submissions will get feedback by the company on this open platform. The challenge closes on May 27th, 2019. Mind that posts on this platform are not confidential.
Beside open discussions on the platform, sharing of confidential information will be made possible on demand. After that, the firm will select the organizations with whom they would like to cooperate in the development of a solution. Once the challenge is closed, expressions of interest for this technology request will be treated in the traditional way.

Expertise sought

Expertise is sought in the fields of: development, (applied) research on software engineering, IT technology, energy management, computer engineering, Artificial Intelligence, server virtualization 

Expressions of interest addressing technologies for reuse of residual data center heat are not suitable.

Requested partner

Type of partner: company, university or research organisation     

Area of activity: development or (applied) research in the field of software engineering, IT technology, energy management, computer engineering, Artificial Intelligence and server virtualization.

Task to be performed: set up a cooperative pilot project to show the potential and the applicability of new energy monitoring and saving concepts for IT equipment and software applications.

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