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University collaboration aims to build smart communities in Greater Phoenix

Cox Communications and Arizona State University have partnered to create a "Collaboratory" with the aim of creating a smarter region.

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Collaboration aims to address pressing community problems
Collaboration aims to address pressing community problems

Cox Communications and Arizona State University (ASU) have partnered to create the Cox Connected Environments Collaboratory at ASU with the aim of creating a smarter region.

 

The Collaboratory will provide incubation space and innovative tools to cultivate a smart region ecosystem.

 

Smarter communities

 

According to ASU, this will deliver on the promise of its Smart Cloud Innovation Centre (CIC) to build smarter communities in the Greater Phoenix metropolitan region by solving “pressing community challenges”.

 

ASU said the Cox Connected Environments Collaboratory will aim to solve real challenges within the Greater Phoenix community and beyond in ways that are innovative and not readily available in the marketplace today.

 

As an incubation centre and convening space, the Collaboratory aims to engage ASU students, staff, and faculty to design the next wave of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions that could, for example, optimise buildings for sustainability, provide new learning experiences in virtual and augmented reality, overhaul transportation infrastructure and more.

“We will bring ASU students, staff and faculty the tools and capabilities to develop end-to-end solutions that can really make a difference”

To power the Collaboratory, Cox said it will deploy a comprehensive wired and wireless network on campus as part of ASU’s NextGen Network.

 

“Cox is a trusted partner, and we are eager to see the Cox Connected Environments Collaboratory at ASU drive smart region applications that combine people, connected devices, data and processes to improve community operations and the citizen experience,” said Lev Gonick, chief information officer, Arizona State University

 

As a founding partner of The Connective – Greater Phoenix Smart Region Consortium, Cox will also work with ASU to utilise the power of Cox’s existing gigabit network and continue to extend its fibre infrastructure through aggressive investment to create a more connected region.

 

“Through our Cox2M business line, we will bring ASU students, staff and faculty the tools and capabilities to develop end-to-end solutions that can really make a difference,” added Sujata Gosalia, executive vice president and chief strategy officer, Cox Communications.

 

“We are excited to build the future together in this new collaborative environment.”

 

The Cox Connected Environments Collaboratory will reside in an innovation zone at ASU, spaces located across the Valley and ASU campuses that are dedicated to creating innovative solutions to global challenges.

 

“The spirit of innovation permeates everything we do here at ASU, and that philosophy extends to the ecosystems and resources we make available to our collaborators,” continued Sethuraman Panchanathan, executive vice president of knowledge enterprise and chief research and innovation officer at ASU.

 

“New ideas and solutions to grand challenges are discovered when we partner at this level.”

 

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