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Utah Smart Air (Gigabit Solutions) Reverse Pitch

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Silicon Slopes

2600 Executive Parkway

Lehi, UT 84043

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Help Monitor and Manage Utah's Air Quality Using Gigabit Technologies

(or just come to meet with the Utah Internet of Things and Smart Cities Community)

Up to $40,000 in Funding!

Utah Ignite, a partnership between the Lehi Area Chamber of Commerce and US Ignite, is looking to the Utah entrepreneur and tech community to come up with gigabit solutions to help with Utah's Air Quality Monitoring and Management. (What is a Gigabit Solution?)

The Reverse Pitch Problem to be solved will be introduced by the founder of US Ignite, and Internet Hall of Famer, Glenn Ricart. Glenn helps run the Annual National Smart Cities Conference. He is an Internet pioneer who implemented the first Inter-net interconnection point (the FIX in College Park, Maryland) and was recognized for this achievement by being inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame in August 2013. In one of his previous roles where he was academic CIO at the University of Maryland, his campus implemented the first institution-wide TCP/IP (Internet) network in 1983 using low-cost PDP-11 routers (“Fuzballs”) with software devised at the University of Maryland. Glenn was principal investigator of SURAnet, the first regional TCP/IP (Internet) network of academic and commercial institutions.

Reverse Pitch Problem:

Utah has some of the worst air quality in the country. The Utah Legislature has attempted to pass legislation to deal with air quality issues. It is hard to know how to deal with it, when the cause is not definitively known because of a lack of effective monitoring at a micro-level in real time.

Utah Ignite proposes that we solve Utah’s air quality monitoring and management issues in real time at a more micro or neighborhood level with gigabit speed technologies. The solutions we find may include system level monitoring with sensors distributed over fiber networks across a city, several cities, or statewide, with ground based sensors and/or sensors in the air; new types of sensors may be developed or proposed (including video sensors analyzing air quality with different wavelengths in the light spectrum, or high definition video that can zoom in on areas where sensors pick up increases in air pollutants); there may be different types of sensors to detect different types of particulate pollution; big data analytics and processing will be required to analyze sensor data; and a dash board will be needed with real time video and data. There also may be differences in sensors or approaches for urban or rural areas and in mountains or valleys.

Reverse Pitch Process

The initial kickoff for the event will be on March 1st at the Silicon Slopes office. The Air Quality Monitoring challenges will be presented to the tech & entrepreneur community. The tech & entrepreneur community will be given a limited amount of time to come up with their solutions and submit final applications, based on the gigabit requirements and other criteria we provide at the kickoff. Applications will be reviewed by US Ignite and event sponsors. US Ignite, Utah Ignite, and the sponsors have discretion on the award and distribution of the funds to develop, test, and promote the desired air quality monitoring sensors, system, and dashboard, using gigabit technologies.

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