Europe and Japan have just announced six Internet architecture research projects aiming at increasing the efficiency of networks in carrying data. One project the STRAUSS Project aims to build networks 5000 times faster than today’s average European broadband speed (100Gbps compared to 19.7Mbps).

MiWEBA will handle capacity by making better use of existing radio frequencies in order to boost ultra-high speed and mobile connections.

NECOMA will explore new ways to enhance personal data security in sensitive environments such as medical history records by developing new metrics to evaluate threats and potential impact of cyber attacks.

GreenICN will examine the efficient use of energy in information networks. It will test network reliability in post-disaster situations such as earthquakes and hurricanes when energy resources are compromised or scarce and network performance is vital.

ClouT will investigate real-time control of sensors enabling smart city operations such as energy use, traffic flow or emergencies. To achieve this target, the project will integrate Cloud Computing and Internet of Things features.

FELIX will set up joint EU-Japan experimental platforms to help universities and research centres test new network technologies, improving the researchers’ use of their experimental facilities.