IISc Bangalore joins GreenTouch to reduce ICT carbon footprint

INDIAN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE

IISc Bangalore joins GreenTouch to reduce ICT carbon footprint

By Greentech Lead India: Indian Institute of Science
(IISc) Bangalore has joined GreenTouch, a consortium dedicated to
improving energy efficiency of ICT networks, to accelerate the process of
reducing the carbon footprint.

Students at IISc will work on projects that are specific
to GreenTouch that would center around ways to increase energy efficiency in
wireless communication. Typically, telecom and cell tower infrastructure
companies emit a lot of carbons and are looking at ways to reduce it.

According to analysts, the Information
and Communication Technology industry currently accounts for two
percent of worldwide carbon emissions, and that figure is expected to at least
double over the next decade as more people seek to connect with each other.

The students in IISc will also work on future
architecture of networks to reduce carbon emissions emanated by networking
equipments such as routers and base station antennas.

According to a report in Hindu Business Line, the
consortium will bring in technologies such as Large Scale Antenna System (LSAS)
that can harness the power of thousands of antennas without increase in
additional power.

“With the expertise of IISc, we will be able to work at
newer ways to reducing this carbon footprint. At present, this is at alarming
levels and needs to be brought down by 15 percent,” said Gee Rittenhouse, chief
operating officer of Alcatel-Lucent’s Software, Services and Solutions Group.

GreenTouch announces new technology that will reduce energy
consumption in FTTH

Recently, GreenTouch announced a new technology that
will reduce energy consumption in FTTH networks and other applications. When
deployed, the Bit-Interleaved Passive Optical Network (Bi-PON) technology will
enable a power reduction of 30 times over current technologies while improving
performance and reducing cost.

GreenTouch claims that Bi-PON represents the next major
leap in passive optical network (PON) technologies. It is expected to be a
necessity as electronic processing will increase with future 40GPON systems.

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