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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

US Ignite Announces 5 New Smart Gigabit Communities

US Ignite announced the expansion of a national network of Smart Gigabit Communities (SGC). Each community joining the network has made a significant commitment toward embracing next-generation smart city and Internet technologies to keep pace with the world’s rapidly changing technology and economy. US Ignite spurs the creation of next-generation applications and services that leverage advanced networking technologies to build the foundation for smart communities. The new SGC communities are:

Categories: App Summit, Smart City