MetroLab Network

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MetroLab Network is a city-university collaborative for urban innovation. The Network has expanded to include several city-university partnerships focused on bringing data, analytics, and innovation to city government. 

The District of Columbia, Georgetown University, The George Washington University, and Howard University have partnered to join the Network, which will provide the opportunity to share successes, address challenges, and build shared platforms for experimentation and data between cities and universities necessary to increase the tangible results of new innovations. GW's contribution to the MetroLab Network also includes leveraging the power of the Capital Area Advanced Research and Education Network (CAAREN), to help connect the city, engage the community and foster innovation. 

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CAAREN is involved in several MetroLab projects in the Washington D.C. area, including Urban Living Labs, which is focusing on creating a network of sensor hubs at several university campuses in D.C. The sensors will collect environmental data on air quality and other ambient information such as air temperature, humidity, wind, pollutants, CO2 and other barometric pressure. The data will be stored in a shared repository, accessible by researchers from each university.

This effort will deploy several constituent components and organize them as an open science platform:

  • urban sensor hubs and collection points: brokered access to multiple urban locations for deployments and access in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area to existing city sensors

  • urban data repositories: brokered access to raw and curated data from numerous DC agencies maintained in a shared repository

  • urban interconnects: a combination of the last mile connections with scalable high-performance connectivity for data collection, transport, aggregation and analytics

  • Multi-Service eXchange (MSX)* an existing, compliant, high-performance processing and storage core with support for on-demand deployment of arbitrary endpoint applications and algorithms with federated access open to researchers and citizen scientists alike

You'll find more information about MetroLab here.