EU project seeks to implement the ‘internet of things’

Scientists at the University of Granada, belonging to the Nanoelectronics Laboratory of the Faculty of Sciences and the Center for Research in Information Technology and Communications (CITIC), in Spain, will participate in a European project called FAST WAYTOGO with a budget 150 million euros, one of whose aims will be to implement the Internet of Things (IoT, by its acronym in English), a concept that refers to the digital interconnection of everyday objects with the Internet.

The European Commission has put this initiative two years duration, formed by a consortium in which the main European semiconductor industries involved, and led by STMicroelectronics (France), Europe’s largest semiconductor company by turnover in march, will implement the electronic technology that will solve important technological challenges we face in the near future.

As explained by Professor of Electronics at the UGR Gámiz Francisco Perez, who participates in the project, “WAYTOGO FAST longer just looking to increase the performance of the devices (speed and capacity of information processing) reducing the cost, but now in addition, efficient use of energy will be pursued, ie, drastically reduce the power needed to run these devices. “

One of the applications that new technology has to face is the ‘Internet of Things’. “In the coming years we will dramatically increase the number of devices of our everyday environment that will be connected to Internet. See everywhere sensor devices that obtain information from our environment, they shall forward through the network to the decision centers, where after processing the information received will act in a timely manner, “explains Gámiz.

“The challenge is to convert any electronic object, oddly enough, on a platform that ask things. Toaster, refrigerator, washing machine and begin to be prepared for this new world. To make this a reality, most of these devices must be powered by batteries be replaced or recharged very now and then, or even to be in inaccessible places, or even can be recharged, forcing devices to take the energy they need to function in their environment autonomously, “says the professor of the UGR.

img_27538[1]Professor of Electronics at the UGR Gámiz Francisco Pérez. (Photo: UGR)

The aim of WAYTOGO FAST project is to make this a reality within two years. Working closely with major European industries, the group led by Francisco Gámiz develop advanced simulation tools that will optimize these devices, while experimentally study the reliability of new electronic circuits in hostile environments, and their behavior towards aging.

Participation in this project has been possible thanks to the advanced instrumentation equipment that the group owns in the Center for Research on Information Technology and Communication of the University of Granada (CITIC-UGR), and the support received from the GENIL projects and the Campus of International Excellence (CEI) Biotic.

Participation in this project will have a major impact for the University of Granada, “because it puts us near the front line world leader in the electronics industry, and allows us to transfer the knowledge developed at the UGR in recent years products will play an important role in the near future, and we can say that in a small percentage are “Made in UGR or Made in Spain” said Gámiz.

FAST WAYTOGO supposed the sixth European project in which the group Nanoelectronics UGR participates in the past 10 years, two of which have been coordinated at European level by Professor Gámiz. (Source: UGR / DICYT)

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