CONNECT is Ireland’s research
centre for Future Networks and Communications

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Introducing Pervasive Nation - Connect's new IoT research infrastructure

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Creating new possibilities

How do we provide enough food and water for a growing global population? What’s the best way to monitor climate change? How do we educate our children so nobody is left behind?

Today’s world faces many challenges. Solutions are not always immediately available. But, from a communications viewpoint, we know that networked services will form part of the solution, but these networks need to evolve. At Connect, we are designing networks that can respond automatically to meet the different needs of the services running on them; helping to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges while creating incredible new possibilities for business.

We also design wireless-enabled things capable of feeding vast amounts of information through new networks for next-generation applications. Things can be placed wherever people want them. Raw information is pulled from the those spaces, and intelligent feedback is pushed back into them.

Our research facilitates the development of future things capable of improving the world.


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Conflicting demands are increasing

The demands we place on networks are increasing. Here are just some examples:

  • We want ultra-reliable medical networks capable of remotely monitoring vital statistics and drug dosages.
  • We want lower frequency emergency service networks capable of working reliably in hard-to-reach areas.
  • We want CCTV and 3D TV high bandwidth networks, both wired and wireless, capable of delivering continuous and sustained data flows.
  • We want Virtual Reality headsets with ultra high bandwidth connections, within living or work spaces, that can communicate with VR set-top boxes.

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Responding to demands

Current networks are proving a roadblock to solving some of the world’s most pressing problems.

That’s because they are not good at managing the conflicting demands services place on them. We all want faster and richer data. And networks are currently overwhelmed by this traffic; from the steady flows of high definition, 3D video to short, sporadic, bursty messages from small sensors. At CONNECT, we develop networks that automatically respond to the needs of the services that run on them. They do that by intelligently managing the resources available to them. We regard every element in a network as flexible. In our view, they are all components that can be instantly reconfigured so the networks can deliver the best experience to everyone.


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