Featured Project: Chattanooga MLK Smart Corridor
In partnership with the Center of Urban Informatics and Progress (CUIP) at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, the city is developing the Chattanooga MLK Smart Corridor. The design includes installation of solar panels, cameras, air quality sensors, radar, and LiDAR, all connected to the city’s ubiquitous high-capacity fiber network. CUIP is using the corridor to create a predictive model for identifying likely car accident spots, with the hope of mitigating future risk and achieving the city’s Vision Zero goals.
Featured Project: 4K Microscope
The 4K microscope project is an opportunity for students to experience biology and STEM like never before. Professors at the University of Southern California place live biological specimens under a Digital Cinema Microscope and capture ultra-high resolution (4K) movies of the microorganisms while simultaneously transmitting live, HD images from the microscope to a STEM class via a low-latency, gigabit network. Students can view images, manipulate the microscope and interact with world-class professors and curriculum from 2,000 miles away.
- Ultra-fast/Gigabit to end-user
- GENI/US Ignite Rack
Smart Fiber, Smart Grid, Smart City.
When Chattanooga’s municipal electric company, Electric Power Board of Chattanooga (EPB), decided to install fiber optics for every home and business in its 600 square mile service territory, the primary goal was to transform the community’s electric power system into a Smart Grid. Now, every EPB Electric Power customer—businesses and residences, urban and rural—has access to state-of-the-art telecommunications services, too. It’s all thanks to America’s largest ubiquitous fiber network.
Chattanooga, always a town with an unquenchable entrepreneurial spirit, is now home to a new generation of startups leveraging this technology to explore new possibilities. With lightning fast internet capability, the community’s big-picture thinking is leading to local and national successes.
Longtime Chattanooga institutions are hopping on board, too. The Chattanooga Public Library is now transforming itself from a remnant of the 20th century to a forward-thinking innovation hub by offering a public laboratory and educational facility with a focus on information, design, technology, and the applied arts.
And a Chattanooga entity focused on guiding gig-based community efforts—The Enterprise Center—is looking at the current volunteer-based approach to maximizing gig opportunities and working on formalizing it in order to measure, and build on, the successful foundation already laid down. It’s because of efforts such as these that the Mozilla Foundation selected Chattanooga for inclusion in the Mozilla Gigabit Communities Fund, allocating funding and other resources for innovators to develop next-generation applications related specifically to education and workforce development.
And that Smart Grid EPB built to make electric power delivery better than before? It’s consistently reducing the duration of power outages by 60%, and national laboratories around the US are currently exploring Chattanooga’s vast database (with roughly 2.5 trillion data points collected per year from Smart Grid sensors and devices) to learn more about energy independence and environmental sustainability. In the Scenic City, power and possibility go hand-in-hand!