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Project FAQ

General

Q: What is the purpose of the project?
A: To facilitate data collection used to support relevant sustainability research projects, to support member research involving sensor data and the "Internet of Things," and to encourage campus adoption of cyberinfrastructure tools such as eduroam and broader federated identity usage of InCommon. The project also is part of Innova’s goal of engaging with researchers in all fields across higher education.

Q: How will the vehicles be used?
A: The vehicles will be available for general use on campus, and will autonomously transmit operational status (such as position, speed, battery charge) realtime over the campus wireless network to a central server.

Q: Who is sponsoring the project?
A: Internet2 will coordinate the project, including managing the joint process for selection of participating campuses. Innova will bear responsibility for liability associated with the vehicles.

Q: How many campuses will be selected?
A: The initiative will consist of a multi-campus project involving deployment of UEVs on up to four campuses. Each campus will have several UEVs and a requirement for a faculty/administration Sponsor responsible for accumulation, aggregation, protection, and appropriate distribution of the data and user comments acquired.

Q: How many vehicles will be awarded to each campus?
A:  2 to 4 vehicles each for a period of 12 months.

Q: Where I can find out more about the project?
A: To learn more, visit the Internet2 of Things Project homepage.

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Application and Selection Process

Q: How do I apply?
A: Interested parties may apply by submitting an application and supporting materials as outlined in the Internet2 of Things Project Application Process

Q: Who is eligible to participate?
A: Campuses that have both an active program to reduce the campus carbon footprint, and one or more existing, funded, research project(s) in the general area of sustainability.

Q: How will applications be selected to participate?
A: A Steering Committee comprised of technically qualified representatives from Internet2, Innova, and Internet2 member institutions will review all applications and based on the degree to which eligibility and criteria are met, applicants will be chosen.

Q: How will I know if my campus is selected to participate?
A: All eligible and qualified applicants will be notified by the Steering Committee, in writing. All applications must be submitted by end of business day, May 23rd and all applicants will be notified by June 24th.

Funding and Costs

Q: How much is the stipend for campus support?
A:  $5000-$10,000 is available for campus administrative support depending on proposal submitted.

Q: Can the funding be used to support staff or student employees for the program?
A:  Yes, the funding may provide partial support for staff or student employees.

Q:  How much does it cost to ship vehicles like this?
A:  Shipping options depend on number of vehicles and location to be shipped and can range from $400-$1500 per car.

Q: Are institutions responsible for shipping costs for the vehicles?
A: Yes, campuses must fund shipping.  As shipping costs will depend on location of the campus and are variable, campus may choose to use a portion of their research stipend or other funds to pay for shipping the vehicle. If proximate to Innova UEV’s facility in Illinois, delivery can be arranged within 250 miles at no cost.

After Project Completion

Q: What is the disposition of the UEVs after the project is completed?
A:  Vehicles remain under Innova UEV ownership and are leased at zero dollars to the institution for the duration of the program.

Q: Can a campus purchase the vehicles at the end of the project?
A: Such decisions would be determined in discussions between the campus and Innova UEV and are outside the scope of this project. 

Q:  Who will own the Intellectual Property generated from the vehicle data/research?
A:  The data collected by the universities will be made openly available at the conclusion of the project.  Research results achieved from the project will be the property of Innova UEV.

Q: What will campuses be expected to do with the UEV vehicles following project completion?
A: The cars will either be returned to Innova or made available for extended use/lease/purchase by the participating campuses.


Data Collection and Usage

Q: How will the data collected be used?
A: All anonymized data will be aggregated and made available publicly to all interested researchers at the end of the project.

Q:  The data is going to be stored in a cloud service.  Which specific cloud service will be used?
A:  Existing Internet2 NET+ service partner options are being explored for this to securely store and analyze project data. A single solution provider will be selected and made available to all participating campuses.

Q:  Will Innova UEV receive data from the car or from the awardee after integration and operation?
A:  Innova UEV (along with the participating research universities) will automatically receive all data from the car as well as data from participants in the study.

Q: How will participating users / operators of the vehicles provide feedback and input on the project?
A:  A common collection web based interface will be provided however each campus is expected to have its own local user feedback data collection tools and methodologies for their unique aspects of the research project.

Q: Can the application be focused solely around employment of the UEVs and collection of related data via campus IT network?
A: The application must be related to existing sustainability research on the applicant’s campus and cannot be focused solely around deployment of the UEVs and collection of related data.

Connectivity and Identity

Q:  Does the vehicle require a wireless connection to run once operations are initiated through login with campus credentials?
A:  No, however it is expected that campuses will have the vehicle programed to be "geo-fenced" to limit operation within a defined range.

Q: Can the UEV be communicated with by ODB2, serial, or other network communication mechanisms?
A:  Yes – detailed communications specifications will be provided to responding applicants.

Q: Can anyone with an eduroam credential operate the vehicle?  Can ID attributes be used to deny/allow certain access?
A: Specific user profiles will be determined in partnership with each participating institution.

Q: How will the UEV cars connect to eduroam; will it be through a cellular backbone?
A: The cars will connect to eduroam with certificate via eduroam over campus WiFi.

Q: Is there a reservation system for access to the vehicle?
A: The research vehicles are being provided without a reservation system, however it is expected the campuses will participate in piloting beta versions of such systems.

Q: Can campuses leave the research/analysis to interested faculty at other institutions and who are not referenced in our application or do applications need to specify UEV use, data collection, and faculty research project? A: Applications must specify UEV use, data collection, and existing faculty research on the applicant’s campus, since campus selection will be based partially on campus-based research integrity, although applicant campuses may partner with other universities and submit a joint application.

Q:  How is the 4G/LTE integrated into the communication network?
A:  This is a separate data stream to serve as redundant or backup communications for the campus Wi-FI network.

Sensors

Q:  What sensors are included on the UEV?
A:   A wide range of standard vehicle monitoring sensors are included on the UEV, plus proximity, location, occupancy, use duration, charging status, ambient temperature, distance until charge needed, spatial cameras, and many more.

Q:  What are the sensors of the vehicle connected to?
A:  The industry standard CAN BUS is implemented in the vehicle and all sensor data will be collected locally on the vehicle then transferred via wifi and 4G to the research data collection system.

Q: What is the frequency/intervals of sensor operation?
A:  The frequency/intervals of sensor operation will vary from near continuous to periodic based on research needs.

Q:  What is the potential size of the data streams coming from the sensors?
A:  Without video enablement, it is in low kilobyte range. With video enabled it will be 5mg or less.


Vehicle Specifications

Q:  What are the UEV specifics (range, battery, type, weight, speed, etc?)
A:  A complete specification is available here:  http://innovauev.com/specs.html

Q:  Are there solar charging panels on the vehicle roof?
A:  Yes, they are smaller panels designed for low-level auxiliary power needs.

Q:  Where does the UI for the software running on the tablet in the vehicle?
A:  Technology is provided via Innova UEV from Inverom Corporation.

Q:  Can the awardee/sponsor modify the vehicle in part or its entirety?
A: Proposals should include overview of possible modifications.  Post award, additional submissions for modification are welcome but only authorized with written approval from Innova UEV.

Q:  Can the awardee/sponsor modify the signage (paint, stickers, etc…)?
A:  Yes, all vehicles will support some localization for the vehicles but modifications are welcome but only authorized with written approval from Innova UEV and Internet2.


Liability and Maintenance

Q:  Who is responsible for liability, indemnification, and insurance on the Dash UEVs?
A:  The program will include an umbrella policy for the vehicle including liability coverage however campuses will need to maintain a policy as well.  A full description of the insurance program will be provided to applying institutions.

Q: Who is responsible for insurance on the operators of the Dash UEVs?
A:  Non-employee drivers will need to have proof of insurance to operate the Dash.

Q: Who is responsible for break/fix on the UEVs including normal maintenance, wear & tear, tires, windshield, doors, etc?
A: Any vehicle related issues will me managed by Innova UEV.  Driver related damage will be the responsibility of the operator.

Q:  Who is responsible the technology in the Innova UEVs?
A:  As these cars are provided as part of a research project, it is anticipated that there will be regular updates to components of the vehicle.  That includes, but is not limited to, software, data collection sensors, cameras etc. Participating campuses will be involved in the updating and replacing of those components as part of the program.

Q:  Does the system/software allow for an operator acknowledgment of liability and risk?
A:  Yes, as part of the research program, participants will have to apply to participate individually in advance of use of the vehicle and will be prompted with operator acknowledgement of responsibilities.