A prototype of a modular data centre developed specifically for underground placement has been unveiled at the Hagerbach Test Gallery in Switzerland The project, led by the Swiss Center of Applied Underground Technologies (SCAUT), aims to use underground spaces for Edge Data Centres in order to save the limited and expensive space on the surface.
The “Edge Computing – Under- ground” concept was developed in collaboration with Datwyler Cabling Solutions and Amberg Engineering as a cost-effective, space-saving and secure solution for the challenges of smart cities.
Automation, 5G, robotics, Internet of Things and artificial intelligence enable many new applications and business models, but already produce a large amount of data today. To ensure that these data can be processed efficiently and quickly on site, mini and micro data centres, so-called Edge Data Centres, are already increasingly being used.
Cities and the urban areas of the future will have limited surface space. In order to overcome this problem, the Swiss Center of Applied Underground Technologies (SCAUT) has developed the “Edge Computing – Underground” concept in a pilot project.
The concept is to place a large number of data centres underground. This environment offers protection against the forces of nature and, thanks to the stable climate, high energy efficiency. The decisive factor for the urban development of the future is the fact that no surface space is required in urban areas, which is usually scarce and expensive.
Amberg Engineering as specialist for underground engineering and Datwyler as specialist for data centres as well as Edge Computing are industrial partners of SCAUT for this pilot project. During the pilot phase, the project team continuously evaluates and optimizes the test results of the prototype.
Johannes Müller, CEO of Dätwyler Cabling Solutions AG said, “Even though we live in a dynamic world full of uncertainties, one thing is clear: the amount of data resulting from new technologies such as IoT will to a large extent have to be processed decentrally and partly un- derground.”
Felix Amberg, President of the Amberg Group added, “In the future, the vast majority of people will live in urban areas. The use of the third dimension not only upwards but also underground will be an essential part of the urban development of smart cities.”