EnABLES launches Transnational Access programme to drive ahead Internet of Things
The EU’s Horizon 2020 “EnABLES” research infrastructure programme, co-ordinated by Ireland’s Tyndall’s Institute, has just launched its Transnational Access (TA) programme, which offers free-of-charge access to equipment, tools and expertise related to “powering the internet of things”.
The objective of the EnABLES programme is to eliminate the need for battery replacement by developing energy harvesting solutions or by finding ways to reduce the power consumption of communications and intelligence devices. Optical networking technologies are integral to the development of the IoT – so maximising power efficiency and distribution is a critical element of next-gen optical device development.
Tyndall states that the TA programme will “give academic and industry developers and integrators of IoT devices unique access to advanced research infrastructure based on the technology pillars of energy harvesting, energy storage, micro-power management and system integration.”
The TA provider partners are Tyndall, CEA (Leti & Liten), Fraunhofer IMS, Fraunhofer IIS and imec the Netherlands. In addition, Virtual Access to databases of vibrational energy sources from real life applications is being offered by the University of Perugia and the University of Southampton.
EnABLES also funds Joint Research Activities between the partners along with Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Politecnico Di Torino and University of Bologna. It is envisaged that the JRAs will lead to future TA offerings.
EnABLES Coordinator Mike Hayes of Tyndall commented, “Access activities can be undertaken in many ways; ranging from characterising material or devices to carrying out physical or simulated feasibility studies to see if battery life in IoT devices can be prolonged.
“The potential impact of EnABLES is vast – it is expected that the world will have one trillion IoT-enabled devices by 2025 most of which will require an embedded self-contained power source.”
The access process is very simple, examples of offerings can be viewed on the EnABLES website and an online enquiry form is available at www.enables-project.eu. All outputs from the EnABLES TA and VA activities will be made openly available as part of the aim of EnABLES to build a collaborative ecosystem that creates miniaturised and autonomous sensors.
EnABLES has already brought together a consortium of at least 130 “powering the IoT” researchers giving access to over €2 billion-worth of research infrastructure. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 730957.
PHOTO: EnABLES Coordinator, Mike Hayes, Tyndall at launch of Transnational Access Programme