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US Ignite is fostering the development of next-generation application and digital experiences that will transform how we receive everything from weather reports to healthcare, to how we use the library, guide transportation in our cities and more.

US Ignite helps maintain US global leadership in innovation by  leveraging the combined resources and capabilities of industry, government, and academia.

To bring these apps to life, developers leverage the unique capabilities of next-generation networks, including:

  • 100 Mbps+ and low latency, permitting for example, multiple bi-directional streams of uncompressed video.
  • Software-defined networks (e.g.,OpenFlow), promising dramatically-improved control over network routing and optimization.
  • Networks with capabilities such as virtual network “slices” matched to application requirements and distributed programmable resources throughout the network.
  • Integrated wireless networks to facilitate, for example, sensor networks and continuous remote monitoring.
  • Applications built to be open, shared, and extendable.

To see these new technology in action take a look at the following 20 transformative applications that will change how Americans work, live, learn and play.

Connected CollaborationHigh-Definition Multipoint Videoconferencing is a core application for gigabit and faster networks, offering high quality and lower cost than many commercial systems. Lev Gonick, Case Western Reserve University, Marv Schwartz, Case Connection Zone and Ben Smith, Case Western University.

CASA – Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the AtmosphereThis project demonstrates the benefits of connecting radars to ultra high-speed networks to improve hazardous weather warning and response and the identification and tracking of small, low-flying aircraft by developing new detection algorithms that operate directly on uncompressed, high-bandwidth radar data. Michael Zink and Brenda Philips, Univeristy of Massachusetts, Amherst

WiRoverEnabling the connected ambulance – WiRover Technology provides high-bandwidth, robust, and seamless connectivity to moving vehicles. The technology is being deployed in the ambulances and is enabling advanced emergency response solutions from the ambulance. Doctors in hospitals can directly access patient records, their current, vital data, an audio-visual feed, and other critical information as soon as the ambulance first arrives a the patient site.  Quick robust access to such information can significantly improve the nature of urgent care in a manner not possible otherwise. Suman Banerjee, University of Wisconsin, Madision.

In-Home Health Alert with Remote Care CoordinationThe nonobtrusive monitoring of individuals with in-home sensors offers enormous potential for detecting early health problems – before they become big problems – so timely intervention can improve health outcomes. Dr. Marily Rantz, Institute of Medicine and Marjorie Skubic, Professor in the Electrical and Computer engineering Department at the University of Missouri.

MedeLightThis application, targeted for use by healthcare providers and/or hospitals, will enable networking experience (speed, security, differentiated quality-of-service) that is policy-based, on demand and anytime, anywhere and any device. Bithika Khargharia and Renuke Mendis, Extreme Networks

Network Powered BYOD CloudBy leveraging the new network, high performance BYOD could desktop, tablet, and mobile service can be delivered with exceptional end-user experience, network automation enables new operational efficiencies for end-user and device management. These efficiencies also include increased productivity due to workflow flexibility and mobility. Mark Medovich, Juniper Networks.

Big Blue ButtonGives remote students multiple HD camera angles, high-quality audio, and synchronized slides. Fred Dixon and Calvin Walton

Disaster Mitigation SystemProvides first responders with an accurate, simulation driven model of a city in the event of a hazardous material release in an urban area. Advanced networking assists in the deployment of sensor networks and the communication of the life saving information to first responders and the general public. SimCenter Enterprise Tim Walsh, Bill Brock, Dr. Henry McDonald and Dr. Ming Zhoa.

In-Home Monitoring in Support of Caregivers for Patients with DementiaOur project proposes to develop and test advanced video and networking technologies to support family caregivers in managing behavioral symptoms of individuals with dementia. University of Kansas Medical Center, Russ Waitman, Steve Fennel, James Sterbenz, Santosh Gondi and Kristi Williams

Multi-User Testbed for Wide-Area Monitoring of Power Systems: This demonstration shows how massive volumes of power system data collected from thousands of sensors from a geographically dispersed large power grid can be shared via distributed communications, and processed via distributed computing for the purpose of real-time state estimation, monitoring and control using a Cisco GENI Rack. Aranya Chakrabortty, Chris Heermann, Yufeng Xin, Aaron Husz, Tsege Beyene.

Synchrophasor Measurements for SmartGrid: This application involves the deployment of PMUs (phasor measurement units) which monitor the power grid for out-of-norm variations in voltage and current. visibility achieved by using PMUs could help to prevent blackouts and help to distribute power in relation to demand. Cisco, Paul Donner, Shaibal Chakrabarty; OSIsoft, Stewart Young and Bruno Bachiega

Virtual Reality Training for SurgeonsDevelops and demonstrates new virtual reality-based applications for training medical residents and doctors in microsurgical techniques using GENI infrastructure and capabilities. J. Cecil, Oklahoma State; Parmesh Ramanathan University of Wisconsin.

Challenge-Based, Collaborative STEM EducationThis project uses broadband communication to support a diverse community of STEM learners, including K-12 students, their teachers and parents, school administrators, community organizers, city planners, and university faculty and graduate students. The project will build a community-situated, challenge-based, collaborative cyber-learning environment (C3STEM) that harnesses computational thinking, modeling, simulation, and challenge-based learning to support STEM learning in the context of a city traffic planning. Gautam Biswas, Vanderbilt.

Network Slicing for Emergency Communications: Americans depend on the existing Emergency Communications Systems (ECS) to save lives, either via 911 calls to ambulance, police and fire services or via the broadcast Emergency Alert System. The existing Emergency Communications Systems (ECS) infrastructure is becoming increasingly outdated due to the migration of voice and video services to IP-based technologies. The Network Slicing for Emergency Communications (NSEC) project is a prototype US Ignite demonstration project that will utilize GENI slices to create a demonstration system of a robust, reliable, and scalable alternative to existing ECS. Milos Manic, University of Idaho.

Cloud Computing for Collaborative Advanced Manufacturing: This app uses ultra fast, low latency networks to enable remote collaboration for advanced manufacturing. Manufacturers will be able to work together to build things they cannot build today. J. Cecil, Oklahoma State University; Prasad Calyam, Ohio State University.

The following next-generation applications were a part of the  Mozilla Ignite Challenge, the premier innovation challenge hosted by Mozilla and the National Science Foundation as part of the US Ignite

Real-Time Emergency Response:  This app can save lives by arming emergency response personnel with powerful new video tools. The app combines both live and recorded high-quality video from multiple feeds, organized collaboratively in real-time. Videos are filtered by geographic location and content tags, and shared with other emergency responders in an immersive visualization environment that could dramatically improve decision-making and coordination. Jeremy Cooperstock, Mike Sterle-Contala, Severin “Sparky” Smith, Jeff Blum, Alex Eichhorn, Nehil Jain

Remote Process Control using a Reliable Communication Protocol: We will remotely observe and control advanced manufacturing processes using software defined networking and gigabit broadband with high reliability, which is not possible with the TCP/IP Internet. George Adams, Purdue University

The Software Lending LibraryCheck-out software from the library using ultra fast low latency networks.

Cizzle (Collaborative Science Learning Environment): Sparking interest in STEM learning through engaging real-time simulations and rich media content. Collaborate & learn in immersive 3D environments that users can update simultaneously. Ole Lütjens, Joe Rice, Ryan Berkey, Nancy Zentner, MX

Simulation-as-a-Service for Advanced Manufacturing:Remotely access software and compute resources using a virtual desktop-as-a-service system for advanced manufacturing processes.

Easy 3DPost to and access a “Flickr,” or an online repository, for 3-D images and videos.

engage3DCreate engaging learning experiences using real-time 3-D telepresence, streaming Kinect sensor data.

PlanIT ImpactUnderstand and participate in decisions in the community with data visualization and 3-D tools.

OpenPathEngage in mobile, place-based, collaborative learning in real-time.

Hyperaudio PadLearn, edit and remix media through simple text interface to audio/video (rely less on the “experts”).

PeerCDNExperience a better web with peer-based content delivery networks.

LuminosityCollaborate on large data through web-based tools-advantageous for scientists, researchers and citizens.

Brief+Case HealthCoordinate medical diagnoses and treatment among students, parents and medical specialists at a school with multi-party telemedicine.

Optimizing Public Transit: Optimize public transit planning through real-time data analysis of variables such as weather and traffic patterns.

KinectHealth: Achieve fitness goals with peers and trainers from anywhere.

euMetricaMonitor and alert patients and doctors with real-time, cloud-based analysis of health sensors.

Rashomon: Multi-perspective Chronology: Tell the story of an event from audio and video simultaneously captured from many users.

FloodCube: National Flood Information PlatformPredict floods more precisely with real-time analysis of flood sensors and tailor alerts for individuals in harm’s way.

WeCounsel: Access and conduct counsel and therapy at a distance using high quality videoconferencing.

BanyanFacilitate collaboration and version control for scientists and researchers.

Cyber Physical Collaboration for Advanced Manufacturing: Use haptic feedback-that is, technology which takes advantage of the sense of touch by applying forces, vibrations or motions or “doing for the sense of touch what computer graphics does for vision”–and virtual manufacturing environments to learn and collaborate, especially valuable for engineers and students.

We know these apps are really just the beginning, so be sure to check back often as we add to this evolving list of next-generation applications from the US Ignite community!