The Enterprise Center (TEC) maximizes Chattanooga's potential to attract a wide range of researchers to use the city’s smart grid and gigabit assets as a test bed and living laboratory for the development of next generation products, processes and services.
Real Time Connectivity for Education, Research and Beyond
Chattanooga's gig allows us to tap into GENI (Global Environment for Network Innovations) which provides a virtual laboratory for research and education between 55+ research institutions and the Chattanooga community,
Students at Chattanooga's STEM school can virtually connect to a 4K camera and microscope in real time at the University of Southern California, providing students with a unique resource for classroom applications.
Another example is the live streaming of the Alligator Bayou habitat at the Tennessee Aquarium to the Chattanooga Airport, made possible thanks to Nokia.
Connectivity is allowing us to use technology in ways beyond research and education. Using ultra high speed connectivity and the low latency software, or LOLA, the Chattanooga Public Library hosted a real time, distance music collaboration between musicians in Chattanooga and in Miami. The one-of-a-kind, collaborative music event featured young gifted musicians over 700 miles apart.
US Ignite has funded The Enterprise Center with $90,000 over a three-year period to support the development of new applications for high speed bandwidth, and has provided an additional $25,000 to partially fund a microscope and camera to establish Chattanooga as a hub for advanced classroom learning experiences.
In summer 2016, Chattanooga was featured nationally at an 1800-person U.S Ignite Summit Smart Community Week event in Austin TX, demonstrating these applications. At this conference Chattanooga received one of only 15 Smart Cities Communities Award, given this year for the first time by US Ignite.
A Test Bed for City Research
TEC, as a public-private partnership, assists with grant and funding procurement for research to use our city's smart grid and gigabit network as a test bed.* The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced two new grants for researchers at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga in the areas of autonomous fleet vehicles and mapping and analysis of underground infrastructure. Three grants have been received from Mozilla to support and expand projects using 4K video streaming, 4K microscopes and virtual reality.
Another NSF funded project using the city as a test bed is in the process of deploying sensors to monitor and communicate health related components of air quality.
Few if any cities are in a position to have the kind of research and computational assets of our smart grid and gigabit network so close to and in partnership with a National Lab. In the last year this partnership has made great strides, with ORNL readying a staffed office in Chattanooga to advance the city as a test bed, particularly in the areas of energy, cybersecurity, and advanced manufacturing.
* The Enterprise Center works with EPB, UTC, ORNL, U.S. Ignite, University of Southern California and others helps facilitate the submission of these grant applications to National Science Foundation.
Chattanooga is the first city in the Western Hemisphere to offer
10-gigabit-per-second fiber internet service to all residents and businesses. At hundreds of times the speed of the national average, the Gig opens the door to unimagined ways of learning, playing and conducting business.