Open collaboration on Green ICT

Posted by: Jenny Minnema   /   0 Comment

The recently held Kista Green ICT conference addressed various aspects of how ICT can get more sustainable as well as enable more sustainable solutions. With representatives from Ericsson, Microsoft and IBM, presenting new business approaches to the global challenges, there were much emphasis on connected cities, the Internet of Things, dematerialization (doing more with less) and collaboration.

The Greek city Veria is already in many ways a smart city, with a wireless network offering e-services for health monitoring, education and for tourism. Along with the green ICT solution there must be an understanding of human attitudes and behavior. That this is sometimes more difficult to change than the technology, was a shared experience of IBM Research center for smarter cities in Dublin. The technology to reduce energy consumption in data centers by 40 % exists, stated senior researcher Pól Mac Aonghusa, but people are conservative in the ways of viewing the problem.

To see the problem in a new perspective, or even realizing that the problem is a totally different one, was the key points in the presentation by Stephen Emmott, head of Microsoft’s Computational Science Research. A group of international and multidisciplinary scientists are working on improving the carbon climate model, demonstrating that the human induced CO2 emissions are just a fraction of the natural systems processes. But we still do not understand how these systems really work.

The urgency to start acting on the facts we know and to collaborate in order to achieve new insights faster should concern us all. Sharing both platforms and data can bring new light from all corners of the scientific community. The Kista Green ICT conference was really about sharing for free, all speakers contributing without charge, making it possible for many delegates, especially students, to participate without cost.

A group of companies and organizations that work towards setting a national ( and hopefully global) standard for Green ICT, together with the Swedish Standards Institute, invited anyone who wish to be part of the work to join the technical committee. Minimizing the energy usage in current and upcoming wireless standards is one of the energy-efficient wireless networking principles that the Wireless@KTH  project eWIN aim at developing. Doing more with less is vital for the whole ICT industry consuming up to 10% of the world’s energy and doubling every five years.

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