Acreo is a company with
a mission to carry out contract research and aiming at technical
development in ICT. Acreo's role is to bridge the gap between academic
research and industrial commercialisation. It is one of Europe’s
leading research enterprises within the fields of microelectronics,
optics and communication technology, and it has an active collaboration
with several Swedish universities and university colleges. The
head office is located in Kista but it has units also in Norrköping,
Hudiksvall – Acreo FiberLab.
Acreo is part of RISE Research Institutes of Sweden Holding AB, a network of RTO’s, cooperating with universities, industry and society to create value, economic growth and competitiveness through excellent R&D and Innovation. RISE Research Institutes of Sweden Holding AB was formed in 2009.
Acreo FiberLab, located
in Hudiksvall, is a unique resource in Northern Europe open for
customers and partners at Swedish and foreign universities, institutes
and industry. The facility is equipped with the latest instrumentation
for manufacture and characterization of advanced optical fibers.
The company contracts R&D, participates in EU and collaborative
projects, and have small-scale production, education and services. Acreo
FiberLab is especially engaged in research in Electronics and Photonics
(the science and technology of generating, controlling, and detecting
photons, particularly in the visible light and near infra-red spectrum).
It is a member of the Fiber Optic Valley regional project. This is
an effort to make the mid-Swedish region along the Baltic Sea
between Gävle and Sundsvall (with approximately 400,000 inhabitants)
known as the Fiber Optic Valley. Hudiksvall is at its
center. The trade and industry in the region had its origin in the
growth of the forestry and manufacturing industry after World War
II. During the past 20 years, a great knowledge and experience in
fiber optics has developed in the region. Ericsson Network Technologies
has produced and developed opto-fiber and fiber cables in Hudiksvall
since the beginning of the 1980s and Acreo FiberLab is situated here.
information about Fiber Optic Valley.
Research connected to South Asia
Within the framework for the so-called Fiber Optic
Valley Innovation System, Acreo FiberLab has developed systems
to facilitate the setting up of infrastructure in thinly-populated
areas. Karin Nygård Skalman is involved in a project to compare
possibilities for implement broad-band connections in Mid-Sweden
and the region around Chennai in India. As Ericsson presently has
two factories producing fiberoptical equipment in India, there
is a hope that some form of research collaboration could be materialised.
2006, Karin Nygård
a planning grant from the Swedish Research Links programme (funded
by Sida and the Swedish Research Council) to do a pre-study for
this project titled ”Broadband
Access Deployment in Rural Areas of Sweden and India”.
The study will be carried out in collaboration with an Indian
partner, Dr. Ashok
Jhunjhunwala from the Telecommunication
and Computer Networking Group at the Indian Institute of Technology
(IIT) in Chennai. He is a Professor of the Dept. of Electrical
Engineering. More information about the
South Asia related Swedish Research Links grants 2006. Abstract: The aim of the pre-study is to address and study the
deployment of broadband access in rural and suburban areas in India and Sweden
with our research partners in India. Furthermore, we aim to investigate the possibilities
to jointly develop end implement new innovative technologies, e-services and
business models for the communities in the rural areas of Sweden and India. There
exist differences in business models to rural areas in the two countries but
still there are many similarities in providing same e-services over the network
with different quality of service (QoS). We believe that this pre-study will
show the benefits from a joint research collaboration between the two countries
in terms of high technological exchange, cultural experiences and economical
benefits. By merging the experience from Swedish National Broadband Testbed and
the broadband wireless access technique corDECT developed by Indian Institute
of Technology, Chennai will be the foundation for new innovative research in
the areas of access technologies, E-services and business models in rural areas,
both fiber and WiMAX technologies will be considered.