LEaRN's goal is to deploy air sensors and use the information gathered to aid in the function of other gigabit-powered applications.
"Smart Lafayette and the Lafayette Engagement and Research Network (LEaRN) Collaborative is a result of a joint partnership between the Lafayette Consolidated Government, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, CGI, Louisiana Economic Development, the Lafayette Economic Development Authority and the Lafayette Public School System.
LEaRN was formed to deliver on the EPA Smart City Air Challenge, which will deploy up to 300 air quality sensors across the Lafayette community and use this sensor platform as a foundation for additional gigabit-powered applications. This program will engage citizens in a community wide citizen science effort where interested students and the public will learn about IoT devices, big data and data analytics as related to traffic congestion and air quality. Results of this project include an Open Source IoT API which will be made available to other cities around the world. The model will help demonstrate how communities can leverage emerging IoT technology with a lower barrier to entry for Smart Cities and paired with educational, in kind and “crowd sourced” efforts to fit a 300 sensor network within a constrained budget. "