CLEMSON — Clemson University has teamed with the US Ignite Partnership to capitalize on what is possible through virtualized ultra-fast broadband networks, and “ignite” the development of next-generation Internet applications and services.

The primary goal of the US Ignite Partnership, which was announced Wednesday by the White House, is to catalyze 60 advanced, next-generation applications over the next five years in six areas of national priority: education and work force development, advanced manufacturing, health IT, transportation, public safety and clean energy.

The US Ignite initiative would provide programmable software-driven gigabit networks that could lead to deployment of technology being developed by Clemson researchers to provide real-time information from analyzing video from traffic cameras. Numerous traffic cameras in place today are monitored manually; the gigabit network and software would automate that task.

The software can detect incidents such as pedestrians on the freeway, stopped vehicles, wrong-way drivers or sudden slow-downs in traffic flow. The information can be accessed by different entities for different purposes. It can be streamed to pedestrians and drivers in real time to assure their safe and efficient travel. It can be used to control traffic signals to adapt to unexpected hazardous events. It can also provide transportation officials with information for transportation planning. 

The responsibilities of the US Ignite Partnership include connecting, convening and supporting startups, local and state government, universities, industry leaders, federal agencies, foundations and community and carrier initiatives in conceptualizing and building new applications.  The resulting new applications should have a significant impact on the US and local economies, including providing a broad range of job and investment opportunities.

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