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Colorado State University, University of Pittsburgh, University of Washington and University of Wisconsin To Receive Four Electric Vehicles For Internet of Things’ Sustainable Research Projects

Research to Reduce the Campuses’ Carbon Footprint, Feature Internet2 Advanced Technologies and Use Vehicle Sensor Data

Internet2 and Innova UEV LLC, manufacturer of an all-electric micro vehicle--the Innova Dash, today announced the selection of four universities to each receive four of the uniquely equipped electric vehicles for research to reduce the campus’s carbon footprint, foster research involving sensor data, use Internet2’s advanced technologies and broaden understanding of the Internet of Things phenomenon.

Colorado State University, University of Pittsburgh, University of Washington and the University Wisconsin were selected from a pool of eleven proposals and will receive the electric vehicles, called University Electric Vehicles (UEV), for their specific sustainable research projects later this summer. At the conclusion of the projects, all aggregated data will become anonymous and publicly available for any researcher. 

"We are excited about these four campuses that are regional leaders in sustainability using these electric vehicles to enhance research, adopt advanced technologies, and enhance campus carbon footprint reductions," said Steve Wolff, Internet2 interim chief technology officer. "As more devices are connected to each other via the Internet and provide data that helps us make thoughtful decisions, it's key that the Internet2 research and education community is at the cutting-edge of the technology and opportunities. We look forward to learning the results from these Internet of Things' research projects and hearing, what's next."

"It's very special for our organization to work with these four major research campuses and Internet2's research and education community to discover new applications to address sustainability, while leveraging the Internet2 Network and services to advance research, said Roman Kuropas, Innova chief executive officer and UEV founder. "We look forward to supporting Colorado State, Pitt, Washington and Wisconsin and their Internet of Things' sustainability research that will impact their campus and potentially campuses nationwide."

Background information:

The UEV debuted during the Internet2 Global Summit, held in April, in Denver.
The UEVs will be available on each campus and equipped with a tablet-sized personal computer controlling the electronics and advanced technologies. The UEVs will connect automatically to the campus’s Wi-Fi network via an installed 802.11x certificate and Internet2’s eduroam technology. This enables the vehicle to communicate operational data, such as position, speed and battery charge, to the campus’s computer network, where the data can support relevant research projects. The eduroam technology is a global Wi-Fi service normally enabling students, researchers and staff to obtain secure and fast Internet connectivity across campuses by simply opening their laptop.

Via a mobile application, users will know if a vehicle is available, where it is and where it will be. UEV users will be able to use their campus identification and password credentials provided by Internet2’s InCommon service to log in, reserve, activate vehicle use and provide comments on the vehicle’s performance and utility.

The seamless log in and identity applications will allow researchers to collect, transfer, store and analyze robust sensor data from the vehicle. This will provide a unique opportunity to greatly understand the Internet of Things.

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Innova Dash UEV baloon car

This project is part of Internet2’s larger efforts to support member research involving sensor data collection, analysis and interactivity/interoperability across networks, and model broader applicability for seamless sign-on and federated identity—all key to deepening understandings of the "Internet of Things." Innova will fund the project, providing the vehicles and a modest "campus coordination" stipend to each campus aiming to engage with researchers in all fields across higher education.

Innova Dash University Electric Vehicle (UEV) models will utilize advanced R&E Network, Cloud and Trust solutions providing:

  • Federated, single sign-on to the vehicle’s computer with campus credentials via Internet2’s InCommon—a framework of trust services, including the U.S. identity management trust federation protecting the online identities of more than 6 million R&E end-users through federated identity management
  • A global roaming wireless Internet connection via Internet2 eduroam—enabling students, researchers, and staff to use their home institution credentials to obtain federated, secure and fast Internet connectivity at other participating organizations in over 60 countries
  • Data from the vehicle and its use will be stored, analyzed and accessible using secure, cloud-based technology
  • The ability to share big data generated by the Innova Dash over the 100GE Internet2 Network. The network so advanced, it’s capable of transmitting the entire printed holdings of the Library of Congress (approximately 420 terabytes of data) in under nine hours—compared to five weeks for the same transfer on a better-than-average residential connection.

View the Internet2 of Things UEV Research video or visit the Project FAQ for more details. Follow future developments about the Innova Dash UEV on Twitter via @Internet2 or #I2Dash.

UEV research

This project is part of Internet2's larger efforts to support member research involving:

  • Sustainability and carbon footprint reduction on campuses
  • Sensor data collection and interoperability across networks
  • Broader applicability of federated identity and single sign on
  • Aggregated data collection from non traditional devices

Internet2-equipped UEV

  • Installed tablet-controlled electronics
  • Internet2 eduroam Wi-Fi enabled via 802.1x certificate
  • Internet2 InCommon seamless sign-on with university credentials 
  • Internet2 Network transmitting data generated by UEVs at 100 Gbps

the Dash UEV

  • 100% Electric
  • 100% Emissions Free 
  • Average operating savings of $2,042 and 533 gallons of gas annually compared to gas-powered vehicles, according to AAA and www.ehow.com.

Internet2 of Things Project infosheet thumbnail image Internet2 of Things Project infosheet (PDF)