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GreenTouch to Hold Open Forum on Sustainable Networks Nov. 18 in Amsterdam, Following Members Meeting Nov. 16-17

by david.nunes

AMSTERDAM — Oct. 14, 2010 –GreenTouchtm (http://www.greentouch.org/), a global consortium dedicated to dramatically improving the energy efficiency of information and communications technology (ICT) networks by a factor of 1000, will hold an Open Forum in Amsterdam on November 18, after a Members Meeting November 16-17. Both events will take place at the Renaissance Amsterdam Hotel.

At the Open Forum, the public is invited to learn from leading experts about GreenTouch and other major initiatives and challenges related to network and ICT sustainability. There is no charge to attend, but advance registration is required, from the link at http://www.greentouch.org/index.php?page=events.

Open Forum agenda topics include:
Understanding Energy & Technology: Speakers in this session will consider topics related to measuring energy use in ICT devices and systems, along with developing roadmaps to understanding future trends
Beyond Networks: This session addresses challenges associated with global energy use and climate control, including technology areas adjacent to communication networks
Holistic Innovation vs. Commercial Challenge: In this session, speakers will examine the different perspectives on network energy use associated with long term, holistic innovation and more near-term commercial challenges
Re-Thinking Mobile Networks: Speakers in this session will describe research addressing key energy-related issues in mobile communication networks

“Our members have worked hard to reach the milestones we’ve achieved in the few months since GreenTouch was launched, and we are eager to share our vision and our progress with all interested parties at the Open Forum,” said Gee Rittenhouse, Chairman of the GreenTouch Consortium and Vice-President of Research at Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs. “The Amsterdam meetings are also an opportunity for our membership to build together the foundation for our next level of accomplishments. I encourage everyone to participate.”

In addition to speakers from the GreenTouch consortium, the agenda includes leading experts from other organizations. Panel discussions will address avenues for cooperation among the different entities addressing challenges in ICT and energy, and the complementary roles of near-term endeavors targeting immediate needs and long-term research toward building a sustainable Internet.

Members Meeting attendees will participate in hands-on sessions of Committees and Working Groups focused on individual technology areas, such as wireless and fixed access, core transmission and switching and routing technologies. A detailed Members Meeting program is available on the GreenTouch members-only website, along with information for members on how to register; you may also send an email message to contact@greentouch.org to obtain the information.

A few sponsorship opportunities are still available for the GreenTouch Open Forum. Sponsoring organizations receive a range of valuable benefits, such as inclusion in all promotional materials for the event, the opportunity to briefly address the attendees, prominent logo display, and an exhibit table on site. GreenTouch Open Forum sponsorship is an excellent way to put your message in front of a targeted audience. Find more information at http://tinyurl.com/greentouch-sponsors.

A special rate at the Renaissance Amsterdam Hotel has been negotiated for participants in both meetings, which expires October 18. Details are available at the Open Forum registration site linked from http://www.greentouch.org/index.php?page=events.

GreenTouch seeks to develop the key components needed to fundamentally transform communications and data networks, including the Internet, and significantly reduce their carbon footprints. The consortium serves as a platform for open collaboration that enables its members to make best use of their expertise and pioneer technologies on which energy-efficient networks of the future will depend.

Members of GreenTouch benefit from working with leading experts from around the world on applying fundamental research to exciting new areas, turning innovative ideas about sustainable networks into breakthrough technologies. More information about the benefits of membership, as well as about how to join GreenTouch, is available at http://www.greentouch.org/index.php?page=become-member.

About GreenTouch

GreenTouch is a consortium of leading industry players, research institutions and non-governmental organizations working together to define the challenge, identify solutions and develop solutions with the goal to deliver within five years the architecture, specifications, roadmap, and demonstrations of key components needed to increase ICT network energy efficiency by a factor of 1,000 from current levels. In June 2010, GreenTouch received an award for energy efficiency innovation at the Global Telecoms Business Innovation Awards event. For more information, go to www.greentouch.org.

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