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U.S. Ignite Smart Gigabit Community

The US Ignite Smart Gigabit Communities (SGC) project is a network of more than two dozen communities developing a catalog of applications and services to address smart city and IoT challenges. Lafayette is a proud gigabit community with numerous projects and research.

Lafayette Engagement and Research Network (LEaRN) Collaborative

“Smart Lafayette and the Lafayette Engagement and Research Network (LEaRN) Collaborative is a result of a joint partnership between the Lafayette Consolidated Government, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, CGI, Louisiana Economic Development, the Lafayette Economic Development Authority and the Lafayette Public School System. LEaRN’s goal is to deploy air sensors and use the information gathered to aid in the function of other gigabit-powered applications.

The Next Generation Business Emergency Operations Center (NextGen BEOC) 

Our team will prototype a municipal Business Emergency Operations Center based on a multi-agency, public-private partnership model to optimize information display, communications, and decision-making across private-sector entities, non-profit organizations, and citizen groups involved in disaster response and recovery.

This project has the potential to greatly improve public safety, preserve life, livelihood and property by enhancing collaboration and partnerships between public sector agencies and private sector organizations, and improving multi-agency information sharing and crisis decision-making at an affordable cost. If developed for virtual distributed operations, the system could be transitioned to commercial industries and critical infrastructure systems where redundant control and response capabilities are desirable, such as port facilities, chemical plants and petroleum refineries. It could also permit U.S. agencies and military forces involved in Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HA/DR) missions to provide guidance—and potentially even directory control—over remote incidents in allied and foreign countries.


Remotely-Guided VR Field Trips with “Kvasir-VR” and a Virtual Solar Energy Plant

Led by a team of researchers and graphic artists, Kvasir-VR develops educational networked virtual reality technology and brings it to schools, working with students to integrate their own VR scenes as well. Students wearing VR headsets are guided through virtual field trips, which utilizes live imagery from a 3D camera (Kinect V2) to render a live instructor in the VR environment in real-time to interact with students and create an immersive experience. High school groups can also gain VR design experience by creating their own virtual reality scenes, viewed through Kvasir-VR. In 2017, the team won the Best Research Demo award at the IEEE Virtual Reality 2017 Conference.