How IOWN and optical technologies could improve our everyday lives
IOWN will change the way people, technology, nature and all things will interact and connect. Potential advantages include integrated wireless and wired networks that are always available, instant real-time interactions with zero latency, and computing that is highly safe and secure. Technology will become invisible, but highly connected and responsive.
For example, healthcare will be improved as surgery becomes more accessible. It will be easier to predict latent medical conditions, potentially limiting the spread of disease by supporting a faster preventative response and it will be possible to create and deliver more effective drugs and medications.
A more secure, safe and connected future
Cities will be safer as crowds are monitored and emergency services alerted in real time. Autonomous vehicles will almost eliminate road congestion and traffic accidents. Cryptographic communication will keep users safe from the risk of cyber threats.
By providing truly global accessibility to technology, optical technologies will allow us to communicate across diverse communities in the metaverse. Delays will be eliminated from real-time entertainment, sports or even business experiences, creating a physical experience in a virtual world.
Everything will be faster, smarter and more energy efficient. The number of applications and the benefits of IOWN technologies will be almost limitless.
The All-Photonics Network
IOWN leverages three different core technologies. Firstly, it will enable the All-Photonics Network (APN), an end-to-end solution that will seamlessly connect devices at the edge of the network (such as smartphones, sensors, wearables, vehicles, etc.) to infrastructure (like computers and data centers). This envisions a future where photonics-based technologies exist all the way from core data center computing to the devices, smartphones and sensors at the edge. It will expand the reach of networking, from data centers in space, to very powerful devices and sensors—with low power consumption and high processing power.
Next-Generation Digital-Twin Technology
The second core technology used by IOWN is digital-twin technology, creating a virtual copy in real time of anything in the real world—people, factories, cars and even the weather, for example.
IOWN’s Digital Twin Computing (DTC) takes this one step further by allowing digital twins to interact with each other in real time. By building exact interactive copies of complex systems such as cities, traffic, machines and even the human body, we can conduct precise tests and experiments with all the interactions happening in real time for more highly informed decisions.
The Cognitive Foundation
The third core technology of IOWN is the Cognitive Foundation (CF), based on AI and machine learning. Today’s computing is “computer-centric,” transmitting data from one computer or component to another in one location. The CF, however, manages the resources, components and information from the cloud, networks and individual devices in a “data-centric” way. This information can then be decentralized and reconfigured, eliminating the need for all functions to take place in one location. This is what we call “disaggregated computing.” Computing is embedded in the network, processed from the edge to the core based on high-speed, low-latency, optical-based connections.
What are the benefits of IOWN and how is it more sustainable?
The volume of data that that can be processed will be 125 times greater than networks today.
Near-instant transmissions with end-to-end latency reduced by over 200 times.
Ultra-low power consumption
Goal of 100 times more efficient than today, reducing carbon emissions by 45 percent.