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US Ignite’s Reverse Pitch Competition Set to Make Social Impact Through Gigabit Applications

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, US Ignite, Inc. announced that it will co-host and sponsor series of Smart Gigabit Communities (SGC) Reverse Pitch Competitions – competitions that are focused on empowering local change makers to ideate and develop innovative gigabit applications. US Ignite is a nonprofit that spurs the creation of next-generation applications and services that leverage advanced networking technologies to build the foundation for smart communities. Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), US Ignite’s Smart Gigabit Communities program is creating “living lab” environments for the next generation of gigabit applications.

Categories: Advanced Wireless, Applications, NSF Funded, Smart City, US Ignite

Witnessing Innovation and Gigabit Solutions in Adelaide

This fall, I recently had the pleasure of being hosted by the wonderful people of Adelaide, Australia so that I could attend the IgniteSA launch. During this multi-day smart city event, US Ignite was proud to welcome Adelaide as the first international city to join our Smart Gigabit Communities (SGC) program. The SGC program is a collaboration among US Ignite, universities, municipalities, community anchor institutions like hospitals and schools, nonprofits, network carriers and ISPs.   Together, these organizations are focused on developing smart gigabit applications that address local community needs, such as education, workforce development, public safety, community health, smart energy and transportation. 

Categories: Advanced Wireless, Applications, City Applications, Gigabit, Low Latency, Smart City, US Ignite

US Ignite Smart Gigabit Communities Adelaide, Australia and Lafayette, Louisiana Announce Partnership to Bring Advanced Virtual Reality Application to Australia

December 14, 2017 - Washington, D.C. - Today, US Ignite and the cities of Adelaide, Australia and Lafayette, Louisiana announced the successful completion of a demonstration connecting Adelaide, Australia to a virtual reality (VR) application in Lafayette, Louisiana. Community leaders from Lafayette and Adelaide convened in Adelaide last month to introduce and demo the application to other technologists and innovators. The advanced networked VR tool, “Kvasir-VR”, developed by a research team lead by Dr. Christoph Borst at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette (UL Lafayette), provides a new way for K-12 students to experience field trips, virtually. Kvasir-VR has been used to create a VR environment to teach students in Lafayette about alternative energy production by allowing live experts to guide students through a 3D scene of the university’s solar energy plant, without the students ever leaving the classroom. Following this successful demo, Dr. Borst and US Ignite hope to expand the availability of the application to additional schools throughout the country, including schools in Texas and Tennessee.

Categories: Energy, Smart City

US Ignite, Inc. Adds New Communities to Growing Smart Gigabit Communities Program

US Ignite, Inc., is thrilled to announce five additional communities to our Smart Gigabit Communities (SGC) program roster: Eugene-Springfield, Oregon; Lexington, Kentucky; Lincoln, Nebraska; Red Wing, Minnesota; and San Francisco Bay Area, California. Each of these communities brings a new and diverse perspective to our growing SGC network. The community teams will focus on their own community challenges and opportunities, and each will share its applications and services build atop next-generation, ultra-high-speed computer networks with the other Smart Gigabit Communities.

Categories: Smart City