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November 09, 2010

NYU-Poly, Rutgers University Partner Use 4G WiMAX Network for GENI Project

By Raju Shanbhag
TMCnet Contributor

NYU-Poly and Rutgers University have come together for a project called Global Environment for Network Innovations (News - Alert) (GENI). As more than 300 researchers from academia, industry and government gathered as part of a National Science Foundation initiative this week to Washington, D.C., NYU-Poly and Rutgers University professors and students presented their live demonstration. This initiative strives to take America's mobile phone systems beyond today's typical third generation mobile networks (hence 3G) to 4G, in which data is transmitted up to 15 times faster.

The Global Environment for Network Innovations (GENI), a project sponsored by the National Science Foundation, is open and broadly inclusive, providing collaborative and exploratory environments for academia, industry and the public to catalyze groundbreaking discoveries and innovation in these emerging global networks.

“The WiMAX (News - Alert) network will allow NYU-Poly to accelerate our contributions to cooperative networking and advance the leading research conducted at NYU-Poly's Center for Advanced Technology in Telecommunications, one of the State of New York's original Centers for Advanced Technology, as well as the Wireless Internet Center for Advanced Technology, funded by the NSF," said Shivendra Panwar, director of both centers, in a press release.

Using NYU-Poly's new open, public 4G WiMAX network and eight automobiles equipped with ultrasonic sensors developed by Rutgers, the one-day Brooklyn parking demonstration helped drivers to cruise downtown Brooklyn streets within the NYU-Poly/GENI 4G network. Researchers could view the maps in real time on their 4G-equipped laptops with the help of high-speed capability of 4G. The parking demonstration was transmitted live to the GENI Engineering Conference No. 9.

Recently, NYU-Poly revealed that its Brooklyn Robots have already showcased their efficiency in teaching math, science and engineering to Brooklyn youngsters in a demonstration that was conducted recently. Now, those robots are all set to appear at the inaugural USA Science and Engineering Festival Expo at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The institute’s exhibit "Mechatronics Mania," is one of only 15 chosen by the National Science Foundation.

Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raju’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jaclyn Allard

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