AI in the headlines

Posted on: 10th June 2015

Artificial Intelligence is getting a lot of media attention at the moment.  From the recent article in the Daily Telegraph which talked about AI “enhancing and personalising NHS care” to The Guardian’s piece that “Google is a step closer to developing machines with human-like intelligence”; the potential of AI is certainly grabbing headlines.

With a team that consists of global pioneers of Artificial Intelligence, Aria Networks is already using the technology to facilitate the effective planning, creation and optimisation of networks and datacentres. Our customers include some of the largest global internet service providers and network operators – all with one fundamental business objective in common; enabling profitable planning, management and optimisation of complex networks in order to keep up with the explosion in data traffic.

In fact, Aria Networks’ patented solution considers parameters across the whole network – beyond simple technical engineering – to analyse critical business decisions such as the cost of delivering a specific customer service; how a network can switch configuration to benefit from lower power consumption; the optimal path for traffic in a failure scenario and the cost associated with it.

Traditionally optimisation has been focussed on a single or small number of parameters but Aria Networks now helps service providers optimise networks against hundreds of different (and potentially conflicting) time, geographic and service level parameters at once – in near-real time.

This is where AI comes into its own.  Across a complex network, with thousands of routers the number of potential scenarios is almost infinite.  What if a router breaks?  What is the most optimal means of delivering critical traffic?  What is the most cost effective means to deliver non-critical traffic?  How do networks balance the increasing demand for video against other data?  What time of day is the optimal time to back up?  Which routes are most cost effective at what times?  It is easy to see why only AI-driven complex computing models can deliver.  You could throw thousands of engineers at the problem and get nowhere.

The AI algorithms even go a step further to assure not only preferred outcomes, but scenario analysis and the simulation of various deployment options.

Getting answers to these network questions enables operators to make critical, time sensitive, business decisions with confidence, knowing that the right investments are then being made for the business and services will continue to work efficiently and, most importantly of all, profitably.

To support this move towards achieving total optimisation Aria Networks created 12 apps, available as web based Software as a Service (SaaS) tools.  These applications cover the most common visualisation; vulnerabilities and impact of failure, including worst case scenarios and contract and margin analysis.  Service providers simply upload a spreadsheet of network topology and service demands to analyse current and future trends.

The apps are available from Aria Networks website: apps.aria-networks.com