TFA and Rice University
Recognized by White House
On July 15, 2016, the White House committed funds to be granted to the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a new initiative to advance wireless research across the nation. During the announcement, Technology For All (TFA) and Rice University were recognized for their research and service to community. The White House stated, "The Obama Administration is announcing new steps to maintain U.S. leadership and win the next generation of mobile technology with the launch of a $400 million Advanced Wireless Research Initiative led by the NSF. This new program will enable the deployment and use of four city-scale testing platforms for advanced wireless research over the next decade."
TFA and Rice University have been partnering on this type of research since 2004. This collaboration provides a real-life research platform for Rice University and the ability for TFA to offer opportunities to the underserved residents they serve in Houston's East End community. "The research relationship with Rice University creates an opportunity to provide access to the Internet through a wireless network that serves the community around our office," said Dr. Will Reed, TFA President and CEO. Access to the network and to computers and other technology tools has increased community residents' opportunities for education, employment and other services many of us take for granted.
TFA was represented by Dr. Reed, and Dr. Edward Knightly, Professor and Director of the Rice Wireless Network Group, attended the announcement for Rice University. Both were featured in a video which was presented at the White House event. Click on the picture to watch the full video.
TFA and Rice University will be working together to prepare a response to the NSF proposal in hopes of being selected as one of the four wireless research cities. “The Advanced Wireless Research Initiative will amplify and accelerate U.S. leadership in wireless research,” Dr. Knightly said. “The initiative enables an unprecedented mix of urban-scale research platforms and fundamental research.”
Not only will the new initiative assist Technology For All in serving its community, but a surge of new technologies could develop, including health monitoring and direct communication with health care givers, civic engagement, security solutions, gigabit-speed wireless broadband available to education institutions, business and communities, and much more.
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