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One of Australia’s leading telecommunication companies has announced that it will launch a new IoT lab which has been described as a ‘game changer’ for the country’s IoT ecosystem. Telstra Corporation Limited - is one of Australia’s largest and most successful telecommunications and media organizations.
It formally disclosed details regarding the launch of its IoT lab in Melbourne, after months of speculation surrounding the project. Telstra CTO, Hakan Eriksson outlined his vision for the project, and said that he hopes university students, start-ups and multinational companies can work with some of the best equipment and minds in this industry in order to bring their IoT solution to life.
According to Eriksson the IoT lab in Melbourne will be a public space which will allow anyone with the opportunity to create, test and prototype IoT solutions which shared the goal to improve the overall IoT ecosystem in Australia.
The lab seeks to enable those in the IoT sector to assess how their IoT applications and services will work on Telstra’s network through stringent testing in a controlled environment. In addition to this, the Australian telecommunications company stressed that the new facility was the latest phase in its overall ‘Innovation Lab initiative’ which included both software and hardware for testing.
Telstra’s CTO conceded that from their standpoint, they’re experts from a network perspective, but not in relation to applications in areas such as agriculture, power distribution and logistics. He told The Financial Review, “We’re experts in the network part of it, but not in all the applications that run on top such as agricultural applications, power distribution applications or logistics applications… and they are not experts in networks, so we needed a meeting place.”
Eriksson suggested that innovators will also want to gain access to the lab in order to utilize Telstra’s infrastructure, experts, community engagement, facilitators, and extensive 4G network. He also disclosed that Telstra plan to bring in a 5G test network in 2018, as the organization ramps up its effort to implement the revolutionary technology by 2020. He said: "We will start doing trials in 2018 with 5G, so it will be very natural to bring some of that into the lab.”
A team of Czech and British scientists have successfully tested what they’ve described as a ’super laser’ which they believe to be 10 times more powerful than any other type of similar laser in the entire world.
The ‘super laser’ or ‘high peak power laser’ has a 1,000-watt average power output, which the scientists state is a benchmark of sustained high energy pulses. The laser contains the potential to become a revolutionary tool within engineering for hardening metal surfaces, processing semiconductors and micro-machining material.
The device was developed by Britain’s Central Laser Facility (CLF) in conjunction with HILASE (High average power laser) which is a Czech state research and development project.
CLF director John Collier praised the remarkable efforts of the scientists on both teams and confirmed that it is a ‘world record’.
Collier said: “It is a world record which is important. It is good for putting things on the map, but the more important point is that the underlying technology that has been developed here is going to transform the application of these high power, high energy lasers," Collier added.
The laser has been named ‘Bivoj’ which is in reference to the mythical Czech strongman – with scientists focusing on the fact the laser is ‘10 times as powerful’ as any of its counterparts currently in use. HILASE director Tomas Mocek said the creation broke the ‘magical barrier’.
He said: “It's a huge step forward, like an Olympic victory. Those lasers "have a very high peak power, but they can only reach it several times a day. They do not have so-called 'average power'. This is a combination of the repetition rate and the energy. Our laser has the highest average power, which is important. The repetition rate in Osaka and Austin is significantly lower."
The Bivoj weighs a staggering 20tonnes and cost an eye-watering $48m – but the device will have applications in aeronautics, automotive and power sectors.
A specific timeline in relation to commercializing the laser was not formally disclosed, by Mocek indicated that it would be in the second half of the year – and outlined that they will explore the laser’s potential further at a testing facility later this month.