Cogeco Opens Toronto Data Centre
Cogeco Data Services has announced the opening of its new state-of-the-art data centre in Toronto’s business district. Cogeco’s new data centre will provide local customers and organizations easy access to data centre services, such as low latency connections to Canada’s largest business and financial institutions.
“The trend has been to move data centres outside the downtown core because real estate is at a premium in major economic hubs like Toronto,” said Tony Ciciretto, President of Cogeco Data Services. “But Canada’s largest business district has unique needs including access to unparalleled speed and the ability to access facilities quickly for maintenance activities or in the event of an emergency. Even brief delays for a financial or business transaction can mean the difference of millions of dollars and that means that customers of our downtown facility will have a distinct advantage in meeting and exceeding the extreme latency and proximity requirements of the business sector.”
As Cogeco is known for its efficient, reliable business operations, Cogeco Data will provide data centre customers with reliable security and management of their IT environments. The new data centre has the following attributes: a significant power capacity for support of demanding IT infrastructure requirements, two onsite uninteruptible power supply systems, two innovative emergency generators, advanced overhead and close-coupled cooling systems, 100 per cent uptime backed by Service Level Agreements and year round, everyday onsite monitoring of environmental, operational and security systems. Other highlights include an advanced multi-level security system, early smoke detection , a connection to Cogeco Data Service’s wholly owned network, access to Cogeco Data Service’s Internet core network and a secure, managed meet-me-room with multiple physically diverse entrance points.
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This facility paired with Cogeco’s Toronto west and the upcoming Barrie locations will complement customer business operations.
“Most Canadians felt proud when they learned that our economy had weathered the global economic crisis better than most other countries,” said Mr. Ciciretto. “With this new data centre in the heart Canada’s biggest business and financial district, we’re helping Canadian organizations cement their status among the world’s best, most reliable, and nimble institutions.”
Dr Peng Wei: Designing the Future of Autonomous Aircraft
Air traffic is expected to double by 2037. According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the world will need 37,000+ new passenger and freight aircraft, and more than half a million new pilots—unless we come up with another solution. Right now, a George Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Science professor, Dr Peng Wei, is starting to research autonomous electric aircraft design.
NASA will fund the research, which will study how to minimise risks for electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL). As Airbus states: ‘Autonomous technologies also have the potential to improve air traffic management, enhance sustainability performance and further improve aircraft safety’.
Who is Dr Wei?
An assistant professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Dr Wei has researched aircraft control, optimisation, and AI and ML applications in aviation. Over the next three years, he’ll lead the US$2.5mn NASA grant project in collaboration with researchers from Vanderbilt, the University of Texas at Austin, and MIT’s Lincoln Lab.
Why is His Research Important?
Even though the wide adoption of self-piloting cars, much less aircraft, is still far down the road, technologies that Dr Wei and his colleagues are researching will form the commercial transport of the future. But aviation manufacturers, in order to produce autonomous aircraft, will have to meet extremely high safety standards.
‘The key challenge for self-piloting capabilities is how the system reacts to unforeseen events’, said Arne Stoschek, Wayfinder Project Executive at Acubed. ‘That’s the big jump from automated to autonomous’. In the air, AI-piloted aircraft will have to manoeuvre around adverse weather conditions, such as wind and storms, and other high-altitude risks, such as GPS hacking, cyberattacks, and aircraft degradation. And the stakes are high.
‘If a machine learning algorithm makes a mistake in Facebook, TikTok, Netflix —that doesn't matter too much because I was just recommended a video or movie I don't like’, Dr Wei said. ‘But if a machine learning algorithm mistake happens in a safety-critical application, such as aviation or in autonomous driving, people may have accidents. There may be fatal results’.
What Are His Other Projects?
In addition to the new NASA research, Dr Wei has been awarded three other grants to pursue AI-piloted aircraft:
- A 2-year grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in conjunction with West Virginia University and Honeywell Aerospace to investigate “learning-based” aviation systems
- A six-month SBIR Phase I NASA award with Intelligent Automation to mitigate airspace congestion at vertiports—the electric craft version of airports.
- A 1-year collaborative grant with the University of Virginia and George Mason University from the Virginia Commonwealth Cyber Initiative (CCI) to develop anti-cyber attack technologies and aviation video systems
Research like NASA and Dr Wei’s three-year programme will help improve how AI reacts and adapts to challenging air conditions. In coming years, autonomous aircraft will likely take off slowly, starting with small package delivery, then upgraded drones, and finally commercialised aircraft. But congestion issues will worsen until autonomous aircraft are the best alternative.
According to BBC Future, by 2030, commuters will spend nearly 100 hours a year in Los Angeles and Moscow traffic jams, and 43 cities will be home to more than 10 million people. The final verdict? Bring on the AI-operated transit.