Project Title: Self-Optimization Fabric (SOF) for ENCQOR Network

Project Investigators:

Partner: ÉTS, CIRODD, CIRAIG (École Polytechnique de Montréal), Ericsson, Videotron, Homebeaver and Varitron

Project Funder: NSERC-RDC


What problem are we solving?

The Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications paradigm, a novel automated exchange of data among autonomous devices without human intervention, is crucial for the networked society and is shaping the evolution of the future Internet and the Internet of Things (IoT) – the next step in increasing the ubiquity of the Internet, by connecting inanimate objects after connecting people anytime and everywhere. The key enablers of M2M applications are cloud computing, which provides unlimited computing capabilities, and next-generation wireless technologies (e.g., 5G technology and heterogeneous networks), which enhance the performance and efficiency of wireless networks. This project, in partnership with Ericsson and Varitron Technologies, will investigate and develop new smart and sustainable M2M technologies for home automation applications. Relying on state-of-the-art achievements on Telco cloud platforms and carrier-grade M2M communication service, artificial intelligence and green ICT methodologies will be considered in M2M and home automation applications, in order to convert a house into a smart ecosystem mobile cloud of networked objects which are optimized in terms of resource usage and adaptive to human behavior. In particular, environmental awareness will be at the focus of the research themes, to complement our prior work on cloud efficiency and neutral-carbon network. The sustainable smart home model resulting from this project will constitute a cornerstone to build new smart city technologies, which are largely considered as innovation drivers in emerging areas of Canadian society such as health, environment, inclusion and business. This will shed more light in particular on defining role of the Internet and user-driven innovation in sustainable economic growth and high quality of life. The outcome of this project will directly serve as a research prototype to develop a sustainable smart city model, at a larger scale, for the Montreal Innovation District (Quartier de l’Innovation). This first smart city model in Canada will help advance Canada and Quebec ICT sector, in alignment with the forefront smart cities in the world, like Stockholm’s Royal Seaport and London’s Future Cities Catapult. The project will strengthen the academia-industry-government collaboration involving the ÉTS, CIRODD, CIRAIG (École Polytechnique de Montréal), Ericsson, Videotron, Homebeaver and Varitron, and will potentially lead to a long-term collaboration. This project is also funded by NSERC-RDC for a period of 3 years starting in 2015.