RNP Forum addresses innovation, leadership and the RNP System on the second day of presentations

- 23/11/2021

The beginning of the second afternoon of the RNP 2021 Forum programming was marked by short, direct and dynamic presentations on different subjects, in the Flash Talks session. There were five different contents in just one hour, a flood of knowledge shared with viewers.

Afterwards, participants were able to learn about trends in digital innovation and security for IoT (Internet of Things), learn about the characteristics of the RNP System and understand the Neutral Operator model chosen for Infovia 00, within the pilot project of the Norte Conectado Program.

Create to innovate

RNP's Integrated Service manager, Francisco Junior, opened the papers talking about innovation, more precisely about the importance of creativity in the entire innovative process and how it can be stimulated based on imagination and curiosity.

“It's no use talking about innovation, about how to innovate and why innovate, if we don't talk about creativity. And it is a theme, a discipline little talked about and studied in the corporate world. I say to you that creativity is not a gift, it is a tool of a skill that is imagination. We need to renew our imagination, go back to imagining, because it's in childhood that we work with our imagination the most”, said Francisco.

Web Conference and Mais Médicos Program for Brazil

The intern at the Deputy Board of Services Management (DAGSer) at RNP, Mirella Honório, shared data on the transformation that the Web Conference promoted in the academic supervision environment of the Mais Médicos Program for Brazil. The service started to be used with the arrival of the pandemic in the country in 2020 to facilitate the monitoring by the MEC of the work carried out by supervisors, which, before, was carried out using several different tools.

"From the moment we had a service - it hasn't changed, we just made some adaptations - and it was placed in a different scenario from what it was used to, we saw the results and positive impacts, improving communication and shortening the distance between the supervisor and the supervised physician”, explained Mirella.

Marker - Evolution of eduroam access points management in Brazil

Following the session, RNP Services analyst José Carlos Júnior addressed Marker, a web tool developed by RNP in partnership with the Federal University of Juiz de Fora (UFJF) that has been contributing to the evolution of eduroam access point management in Brazil. Currently, more than 170 client institutions, including universities, research institutes, hospitals and research and innovation agencies throughout the country have access points to the Wi-Fi network, benefiting thousands of users, such as students, professors and researchers.

"The tool brought significant results such as: the reduction of manual work of those responsible for eduroam in the institutions, the removal of manual work by RNP analysts, speed in map updates, 8% increase in access points since implementation, in mid- 2020. Besides them, the main thing, in our view, was the increase in reliability when accessing eduroam points throughout Brazil”, highlighted José Carlos.

Being a leader is a choice

The manager of Network Operations at RNP, Janice Ribeiro, spoke about the choices that must be made to assume the position of leader and exercise it in the best way possible.

“The choice is not only to focus on managing extraordinary results, but also to dedicate ourselves to the people who deliver these results and the path goes through a journey of learning, vulnerability, and recognition of their own emotions. So, my message is: choose to be a leader, even if you are not a manager and don't start the journey until you receive the position. Start now”, guided Janice.

V4H: Security and reliability in teleconsultation

The researcher and professor at the Federal University of Paraíba (UFPB), Guido Lemos, gave details about the Video For Health (V4F) platform, developed within the scope of RNP's R&D Program to ensure reliability and safety in teleconsultation and teleservice in digital health.

“The purpose of the V4H research was to study how videos and applications in healthcare are used properly. What we did in this first research cycle was to add layers of security over the basic layers, which are used by virtually all videoconferencing services available on the web. If you are going to use video in healthcare, you need to be concerned with specific requirements, be very careful with security. We also understand that we need to add accessibility and intelligence to the service”, explained Professor Guido.


Then, Fortinet's cybersecurity expert Michel Barbosa kicked off a panel on digital innovation and security for IoT (internet of things) environments. On the occasion, he listed some of the trends about the niche, highlighting the growth in the use of work-related technologies and remote or distributed information processing, justified by the pandemic; the rise of the so-called “internet of behaviors”; and greater concern of users with the privacy of their data.

He comments on the similarities these topics have: “A common aspect of many of these new trends and innovations is that they are or will only be possible in an extremely connected world. The idea is that each element that we interact with, such as a sensor, equipment, button, door and door handle, for example, is capable of having an independent and direct connection to the internet. And explosive access is supported by 5G! So, there is great expectation regarding the implementation of this type of network and how it will behave”.

RNP System

The RNP System gained a special space within the programming of the second day of the RNP Forum. The deputy director of Institutional Relations at RNP, Gorgonio Araújo, was responsible for presenting the details of this environment for the development of education, research and innovation, which grows together with the user organizations that are part of it.

“Why did the RNP System appear after 30 years of RNP? It configures itself as a collective ecosystem that brings value to those who participate in this environment. That drives science and education in the country through sharing. What did the networks bring? They brought the flows and they brought the exchanges, which means being together. Seeing RNP as a whole is the next step, the next step and challenge for our community”, highlighted Gorgonio.

To talk about the offer of services within the System, we had the participation of the deputy director of Services Management at RNP, Luiz Coelho.

“This set of services catalog that RNP forms complements this availability of the secure high-capacity network. A very solid catalog, built in partnership with institutions. So, it is born from RNP's role of articulating with entities so that we can build differentiated offers and it is customized and configured in order to meet the demand of our communities”, highlighted Luiz.

Neutral Operator at Infovia 00, optimizing resources and democratizing access

The process of choosing the Neutral Operator for Infovia00, of the Norte Conectado Program, brought to light, once again, the concept of neutral networks for the daily life of telecommunications. The matter is also on the agenda with the arrival of 5G networks. The business model allows different providers to share the same infrastructure, optimizing investments. It also increases broadband internet competition in the country, which promotes the digital democratization of access.

The changes that this new model can bring to the market and the impacts on education and research were debated at the panel that ended the second day of the RNP Forum, with moderation by RNP's Engineering and Operations director, Eduardo Grizendi, and participation by the president the consultancy Teleco, Eduardo Tude; the manager of the Center for Studies on Information and Communication Technologies (CETIC.br), Alexandre Barbosa; and Daniela Schettino, head of the Norte Conectado Program at the Ministry of Communications.

In its first phase, the Program will implement Infovia00, a network of approximately 770 km of optical fiber in the beds of Amazonian rivers, which will connect Macapá (AP) to Alenquer (PA), with openings in Almeirim, Monte Alegre and Santarém, which may benefit more than 950,000 people.

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