Communication networks have become our lifeline during the Covid-19 pandemic, allowing many people to work from home and keeping us connected with friends, family and colleagues when we cannot meet them in person or travel. While networks have already seen increased traffic volumes due to video and multimedia services, Covid-19 has added a new dimension with huge volumes of video conference traffic and extra on demand video and entertainment services. At the same time, new technologies such as 5G, fibre to the home, enhanced cable broadband and Internet of Things networks are being rolled out. These new networks provide for a wide range of new connectivity services and applications such as connected smart homes and buildings, connected cars/driving, smart manufacturing and logistics, eHealth, etc. These new services require networks to become smarter to facilitate this new range of services as they do not only require more bandwidth but also much improved performance in terms of communication delay and reliability. The management of such networks to deliver on enhanced performance promises has become a signficiant challenge for the industry.
The Enable Smart Networks event will provide an overview of recent research advances in network architectures, service provision and industrial technology developments for future and smart networks. The webinar will feature speakers such as Enable academic investigators and industrial leaders.
ENABLE is a research programme which aims to connect communities with smart urban environments through future networks and the Internet of Things (IoT). In collaboration with industry and local authority partners and via citizen engagement, it will address the challenges that currently limit the potential benefits of future networks and IoT for communities.