The Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society (IBES) aims to increase its collaboration with innovative developers by becoming a foundation Australian member of ng Connect, the global open innovation program of Alcatel-Lucent.
As a collaborative member of ng Connect, IBES will provide program members with access to key technology and research assets, including the Australian Broadband Applications Laboratory (ABAL) – a high-speed broadband testing and development environment. The institute will adopt the ng Connect orchestrated collaboration model to work with Australian developers and commercial innovators to create new service concepts across IBES’s research themes.
Launched in Australia in October 2013, ng Connect aims to attract the brightest and most passionate local innovators to develop new service concepts that bring forward the next generation of high-speed broadband user experiences. NBN Co was previously announced as ng Connect’s first collaborative member in Australia. Membership is now open for up to 40 organisations to join ng Connect’s 2014 Australian program.
Thas Nirmalathas, Associate Director IBES and Professor at the University of Melbourne’s Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, said: “Working through the ng Connect program we hope to build links that increase the influence of our research in the community and create new opportunities for IBES technologies and skills. The ng Connect collaborative framework is the perfect complement to our existing academic and technical foundations, providing a strong basis for facilitated open innovation and the realisation of new services and business models that address real world problems.”
ng Connect Principal and Alcatel-Lucent Australia Director, Emerging Technology Commercialisation, Liza Noonan said: “The IBES multidisciplinary innovation approach that is highly complementary to the ng Connect mission helping smart organisations explore and build new opportunities for their technologies and services. As a foundation member for ng Connect in Australia, providing academic acumen as well as an important broadband testing environment, IBES will provide a tangible focal point for our member ecosystem and 2014 development program. ng Connect is about collaboration to create the next broadband user experiences and we’re very excited about Australia’s potential to reap the rewards.”
Since the IBES’s establishment in 2009 the Institute has worked with a range of partners to undertake key research and innovation programs in areas such as health and ageing, culture and community, education and learning, and business and government. Through its membership of ng Connect, IBES expects to further develop new and collaborative activities with a diverse range of organisations.