BT and Intel are investing in a Collaborative Laboratory (Co-Lab) programme to develop networking technologies and smart city capabilities.
The two companies will pool resources in developing technologies that can efficiently sustain usage of network capacity.
Co-Lab will also conduct research into smart cities, exploring ways in which energy usage can be optimised in the home and transportation systems.
Justin Rattner, Intel’s chief technology officer, remarked on the necessity of the research: ‘There’s a global need to bring all this innovation from computing and communications to bear on these future cities and it will transform the lives of billions of people’.
Rattner pointed to the inefficiency of utilities in London, where both power and water distribution lose up to 50% from generation to point of use.