Networks Europe Issue 13 January/February 2018 - Page 10

10 NEWS IN BRIEF CommScope and SwIFT consortium research reveals optimistic future New research commissioned by the European Union underscores the importance of micro fluidics and silicon photonics for remote fibre management. New fibre optic switching technologies could potentially automate manual processes and reduce energy costs across telecommunications, according to the study. The number of connected devices per person globally is expected to nearly double in five years. As networks add more bandwidth, the number of optical fibre connections is growing significantly. The rise of social platforms, rapid growth in cloud computing and sensors for the Internet of Things are driving the need for more connections that are faster. To keep up with increased demands for fibre optic switching technology, CommScope and its consortium of industrial, research and academic partners launched SwIFT (optical Switch combining Integrated photonics and Fluidics Technologies), a project of the EU’s 7th Framework Programme for Information and Communications Technology ICT (FP7). The aim was to develop a low-cost solution for automatic and remote fibre management. The EU granted 1.85 million euros to fund this project. “Combining micro fluidics and silicon photonics could give us information in a blink of an eye,” said Jan Watté, SwIFT project coordinator and group leader of strategic engineering and research & development in Europe, CommScope. “Dramatic energy savings, reduced floor occupation in the central office and redesigned closures could create a paradigm shift for network operators. The SWIFT concept findings lay the groundwork for further development of industry specifications – we see a huge opportunity for the telecommunications industry, especially for network and data centre operators.” n DigiPlex Achieves Early ISO 14001:2015 Certification DigiPlex has become one of the first data centre operators in the world to achieve a successful transition to the ISO 14001:2015 standard, concerning environmental management systems. Following an intense evaluation process, all four DigiPlex data centres have now been certified well ahead of the September 2018 deadline, by which all 300,000 ISO certificates issued worldwide must transition to the new standard. ISO 14001:2015 specifies the requirements for organisations seeking to manage their environmental responsibilities in a systematic manner. DigiPlex’s continued compliance with these standards shows that its data centres meet, and often exceed, the level of service and sustainability demanded by customers. “DigiPlex is committed to operating sustainably and to continuous improvement of its environmental performance. We welcome these new standards as they reflect the standards to which we already operate while helping us assure our clients we meet their stringent environmental and operating requirements,” says CEO Gisle M. Eckhoff. Shortly after commencing operations in 2001 DigiPlex adopted the policy of exclusively using renewable energy in all its data centres. This policy excluded carbon power, but also all nuclear energy sources. These policies have be х)ٕȁ͕ͥٔѼѥե͠Aɽѡم)ɥ䁽́ѥѥ)Q䰁фɕ́ɔɕͥȀȔѡݽɱe)Յ <ȁͥ́̔ѡݽɱéݕȁͅ)єAdͥЁɝɕեɕ̰́ <)Ё́ЁѼɼɝ䁑ՔѼ́́Ѽ)ɕ݅ɝ䁥ѡ9ɑ̸)9єѕ́ݥѠIMѕ́Ѽ %4)ѥ͔ɽ)9єM݅ɔ́ѹɕݥѠIMѕ́Ѽȁձ)եєɽՍ́ͥɅՍɔѽɅє)ݽɭɽ͕IMѕ́ѕٕ́)ѕɍɕхѥ́Ёѡɽ)9єAѹȁ9ݽɬIMѕéͭфɔ)́ݥЁ́ѕͥѡ9єM݅ɗéɅ)IMѕéͥ́Ѽ́ѽ́ɔՍ͙հ)ѡɽ՝ѡѥѡЁѕ䁙ȁɅѥ)Ѽфɕ̸]Ѡ9єM݅ɔIMѕ́܁)ɽٕѕɥ͔фɔɅՍɔ)ͽѥ %4LݥѡЁѡ䁽 %4եє)ͽѥ̃LɥѼѼ́љ)IMѕϊdѽ́ݥѼѡȁɔ)ɽѠݥѠɕѕȁ䁉͕ɵ̰ͥ)ͥ9єM݅ɗéͽѥQ͔ѽ́ѕѼٔ)ѕɽ́%Pхѕ́ɔ)єͽѥѡЁ͍ݥѠѡȁ̸ͥ)IMѕϊdͽѥ́ɔեЁѡͅɔ)ѕ聵᥵͕م䰁͕ɥ䰁ɕ͕)䁅̸͕%́́ɔٕѕɅ)ݡ܁ѡ́ѡЁѽ́܁ф)ɕ́ɔЁ䁑她ͽѥՍ)́9єM݅ɗe̸)5ɍ́ɅYAɕͥЁM̀Ʌ5Ȱ)IMѕ́ɽ胊qQфɔɭЁ)չɝɕ5́ɔѱ )ɽ䰁аЁѼ͍Ёѡ)ɕեɕQ͔ݡٔЁɅ %4Ѽѥ͔)ѡȁɅՍɔ͕́ɔ٥Ѽ䁍эѼ)ѕȁɅѽ́ݡɔɕѥɔЁѥٔ)ѥѥ́ɥمєфɕ̸9їéͽѥ)͕٥́ЁȁɅՍɔ)љȁфɔͽѥ̻t)ܹݽɭ͕ɽ饹