LA students, educators and academic researchers can tap into an invaluable research and education resource via a high speed network at no additonal cost
Los Angeles has become the first large city government to join California’s ultra-fast 100Gbps research and education network, CENIC.
The city has signed an agreement to connect the City’s databases and computers to an Internet network 1,000 times faster than available previously. As the deal is sponsored by the CENIC (Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California) community, it will be made available at no additional cost to LA taxpayers.
Following the connection to the city, CENIC plans to enable other cities’ open data initiatives, connecting them to its research community and to one another, creating a platform for sharing and analysing data, and enabling the exchange of best practices and new applications.
Students, educators, academic researchers, and 10,000 member institutions including LA-area institutions like Caltech, UCLA, and USC, are among those that will benefit from the sharing of city-scale data and information technology.
“This peering partnership between CENIC and the City of Los Angeles represents a unique opportunity to pair the sophisticated research and analysis being done at California’s great universities with the massive data being generated in one of our country’s most progressive smart cities, Los Angeles,” said William Clebsch, associate vice president for IT Services, Stanford University, and chair of the CENIC board of directors. “This will lead to advances in urban living that have not been possible before.”
Enabled by CENIC’s 100 gigabit network and the world class research capacity provided by California’s universities and colleges, advanced strategic policies and programs for city-scale interventions have the capacity to vastly improve lives of the people in cities, create sustainable urban environments, and support the expected dramatic growth in urban environments.