Partnership Will Deploy Neutral Host Technology Infrastructure Platform for Residents, Companies, and Innovators

Purdue Research Foundation announced today that it will partner with Tilson, a national network deployment services firm, to build a connected community across the Discovery Park District. Tilson will create a neutral host technology infrastructure platform to bring advanced connectivity solutions and services to residents, retailers, companies, and innovators working alongside Purdue University faculty and students.

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Purdue Discovery Park District Becomes a Leading Smart Community with the Launch of District-wide Private Network

SBA Communications to Provide New High-Speed Bandwidth for Tenants, Residents

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue Discovery Park District (DPD) continues to build one of the most connected communities in the world, today announcing plans to install a private network in the District. SBA Communications, which specializes in wireless communications infrastructure, will build and manage the network.

The network will use CBRS, a new wireless spectrum the Federal Communications Commission authorized for commercial use earlier this year. As demand for bandwidth continues to grow, these frequencies, once reserved for government and military use, allow non-government entities to deliver high-speed, ultra-reliable connectivity using the same technologies—LTE and soon 5G—that consumers use on their smartphones today. Instead of a private mobile network run by a large commercial wireless provider, the technology will be used to create a private mobile network owned and operated by DPD.

This private network is being deployed on the neutral host backbone DPD has already established, which will enable any service provider to connect to the network to deliver their services. The availability of a neutral host reduces infrastructure costs for service providers, improves flexibility and visibility for operators like DPD, and improves end users’ access.

“This technology is interesting because it captures all the benefits of cell service like security, bandwidth, and mobility, but in a private network model similar to traditional Wi-Fi deployment,” said Troy Hege, Purdue Research Foundation Vice President of Innovation and Technology. “CBRS technology, in conjunction with our neutral host infrastructure, forms the basis of our 5G connected community platform that will drive a terrific user experience based on pervasive, fast, and secure connectivity as well as the development and adoption of novel applications from autonomous mobility and virtual reality to enhanced public safety and energy conservation.”

Companies in the District will be able to establish their private networks within DPD’s CBRS network to run apps for everything from security and communications to transportation, logistics, and robotics. Innovation Partners Institute (IPI), located at DPD, is leasing space on the CBRS network to do testbed applications with its innovation partners.

“As an important partner of the Indiana 5G Zone, DPD is a valuable asset to test near-commercial prototypes in a living lab environment prior to commercial launch,” said Sean Hendrix, Managing Director of Indiana 5G Zone and Chief Technology Officer of NineTwelve. “This is critical because with 5G being so new, there are unknowns driving the need for a dynamic and integrated environment. Timely feedback from this environment is important to enable rapid innovation and rollout of 5G solutions to the market.”

Many devices manufactured in the last two years already include CBRS technology and will only need a DPD-enabled SIM card to access the service. The private network will support cellular offload, allowing fast and reliable cellular service with traditional carriers for those living and working in the District.

“For SBA, the partnership with Purdue Research Foundation is important for creating a connected community platform at DPD where researchers and developers can utilize our private network infrastructure to test and incubate innovative applications and provide cutting-edge services for residents, employees, and visitors,” said Piyush Raj, Managing Director of Connected Venues at SBA Communications. “CBRS spectrum has created a pathway to community-wide connectivity in places that previously did not have access to this type of opportunity. This is the early stage of a transformation that could be hugely beneficial for communities across the country, both small and large.”

The CBRS network is expected to go live in the first quarter of 2021.

Sources:

Troy Hege, tdhege@prf.org

Sean Hendrix,  sean@ninetwelve.us
Piyush Raj, praj@sbasite.com

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About Innovation Partners Institute

Innovation Partners Institute (IPI) is an innovation community designed to turn concepts into early-stage solutions to solve big problems. The Institute serves as a collaborative “place in the middle” bringing together ideas and talent, hand-picked external experts, financial and corporate resources, and critical capabilities to address a specific challenge. IPI is centered at the Discovery Park District at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, in a 400+ acre connected community powered by a 5G+ technology infrastructure of fiber, an edge data center, a multi-use spectrum including CBRS, and multiple Internet of Things and artificial intelligence test beds. Visit us at partnersforinnovation.org.

About SBA Communications

SBA Communications Corporation (SBA) is an independent owner and operator of wireless communications infrastructure, which includes towers, buildings, rooftops, distributed antenna systems (DAS) and small cells. Founded in 1989 and headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida, SBA has operations in fourteen markets across the Americas and South Africa. Listed on NASDAQ under the symbol: SBAC, our organization is also part of the S&P 500 and is one of the top 20 Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) based on market capitalization.  For more information, please visit: www.sbasite.com.

About NineTwelve

NineTwelve is a network dedicated to bringing together the key elements of innovation: Collaboration, Prototyping, and Experimentation. With a focus on emerging technologies such as 5G, Advanced Manufacturing, and Trusted Microelectronics this cross-sector initiative brings together Industry, Academia, and Government to yield the best new technologies for commercialization. The Indiana 5G Zone, one of many NineTwelve collaboratives, advances the transformation of physical industries by powering Smart Cities, Intelligent Logistics and Advanced Manufacturing. This lab is the first of its kind to enable government, business, and academia to design and deliver groundbreaking testbed offerings with immediate practical applications.

Innovation Partners Institute, MavenSphere Launch New Technology Tool in Fight Against COVID-19

Mobile App for Organizations Encourages Personal Engagement, Responsibility

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Amid rapidly rising cases of COVID-19 in Indiana, the Innovation Partners Institute (IPI) at Purdue University and MavenSphere today launched a personal engagement app designed to give organizations a simple tool to help people monitor their COVID symptoms, track test results, and connect to important support tools and resources. The fully-HIPAA compliant app, KeepOthersSafe, is currently being used by employees at the Purdue Research Foundation. 

“We have learned through our experiences in protecting the Purdue campus this fall that it is critically important that all individuals monitor symptoms daily, engage with healthcare providers to get tested, and isolate or quarantine depending on test results or close contact with others who have tested positive,” said David Broecker, Chief Innovation and Collaboration Officer for the Purdue Research Foundation and Executive Director of the Innovation Partners Institute. “KeepOthersSafe helps facilitate these important behaviors through daily reminders and communication tools to stop the spread of the virus.”

The personal mobile engagement app is white label ready. It uses interactive questions that can be customized to help users understand community expectations and reinforce healthy behaviors based on CDC and institution-specific protocols. For a fee per user, the app can help organizations engage their employees in self-monitoring and compliance so organizations can better assess risk and facilitate consistent, clear communication with employees. It also can report symptoms seamlessly to designated healthcare professionals.

“Organizations continue to struggle with how to manage the risks of spreading COVID-19 among their members while they try to conduct business,” said Brian Edelman, President of Purdue Research Foundation. “This application has helped us effectively engage employees to keep everyone safer.”

KeepOthersSafe was developed by Bharath Bynagari, Founder and CEO of MavenSphere and Innovation Partner for the IPI. Bynagari is an experienced innovator and entrepreneur in the healthcare digital technology industry. The project is the second initiative of the newly launched IPI, which works to address community needs by turning concepts into early-stage solutions to solve big problems.

“Through our development platform, we were able to quickly create a customizable tool to support individuals based on a set of interactive questions and work flow following current COVID-19 guidelines,” said Bynagari. “The entire process takes less than a minute and is facilitated through a secure, HIPPA compliant administrative portal.”

The effort was made possible through a generous gift from Christian and Kate Kanady of Oklahoma City and the COVID Start Coalition, which fosters innovation and shared learning across leading public/private institutions.

“My wife and I are pleased to support the IPI and Bharath on this new innovative tool that can be used by students, employees, and visitors at Purdue, and ultimately the public at large,” said Christian Kanady, Founder and CEO of Echo Energy and advisory board member of the COVID Start Coalition. “We look forward to bringing this important tool back to Oklahoma City to support our local community and seeing it implemented throughout the U.S.”

KeepOthersSafe is available for both iPhone and Android devices and via a web platform. The administrative portal provides organizations with a private, secure environment for engaging individuals.

For more information or to schedule a demo, visit KeepOthersSafe.com.

Sources:

Brian Edelman, beedelman@prf.org

David Broecker, dabroecker@prf.org

Bharath Bynagari, bynagari@mavensphere.com

Media inquiries:

Christy Denault, csdenault@yahoo.com 317/417-6322

About Innovation Partners Institute

Innovation Partners Institute (IPI) is an innovation community designed to turn concepts into early-stage solutions to solve big problems. The Institute serves as a collaborative “place in the middle” bringing together ideas and talent, hand-picked external experts, financial and corporate resources, and critical capabilities to address a specific challenge. IPI is centered at the Discovery Park District at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, in a 400+ acre connected community powered by a 5G+ technology infrastructure of fiber, an edge data center, a multi-use spectrum including CBRS, and multiple Internet of Things and artificial intelligence test beds. Visit us at partnersforinnovation.org.

About MavenSphere

MavenSphere was established in 2007 in Carmel, Indiana. Our mission is to develop and implement innovative solutions with a human touch. Since its inception MavenSphere has developed and spun out several healthcare IT companies like Diagnotes, CareAscend and DigiBiomarkers.

About COVID Start Coalition The mission of the START Coalition (Smart Testing and Analysis to Return Tomorrow) is to deploy, evaluate, and share a suite of pragmatic interventions to build and sustain COVID-safe communities.  This interventions are led by some of the greatest and boldest medical, scientific, public health, economic, technology, academic, and business executive leaders and are underpinned by data-directed implementation.  More at start-coalition.org.

Kankakee Valley Hopes New Wireless Broadband Network Takes Flight

Today, the Purdue Research Foundation’s Innovation Partners Institute (IPI) has resurrected the spirit that gave wings to MPATI in an effort to reach students in the Kankakee Valley School Corporation with a pilot program of a different sort. Instead of using Stratovision and airplanes, IPI has partnered with Wabash College, SBA Communications, Watch Communications, and the State of Indiana to connect 500 households to a wireless broadband network in support of remote learning.

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Purdue Using Emerging Technology to Bridge Digital Divide

Students in 500 households in a mostly rural area of northern Jasper County are in line to get access to high-speed internet in January, using the emerging technology of Citizens Broadband Radio Service.

Purdue Research Foundation’s newly-formed Innovation Partners Institute is heading up the initiative to provide wireless broadband access to underserved areas of Indiana.

The IPI initiative will help bring internet connectivity to K-12 students in the Kankakee School Corp. to support remote learning.

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Purdue Innovation Partners Institute Works to Bridge Rural Digital Divide

 Launches $1M Public-private Partnership to Improve Connectivity, Support Remote Learning

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue Research Foundation’s Innovation Partners Institute (IPI) is joining forces with Wabash College, SBA Communications, Watch Communications, and the State of Indiana to bring wireless broadband connectivity to the Kankakee School Corporation in Jasper County, Indiana by January 2021. The initiative will serve as a model for bringing high-speed internet access to rural areas across the country where one in four residents still lacks access according to the Pew Research Center.

“We are experiencing a digital transformation in our communities and the wise adoption of technology is critically important to ensure not only success but equity,” said Mohammad Shakouri, Ph.D., who is directing the project for IPI. Shakouri is Director of Community Broadband Initiatives at Joint Venture Silicon Valley and CEO of Microsanj. “Increasingly ‘connectivity’ is viewed just as important to one’s quality of life as food, shelter, education and safety.”

The IPI initiative will help bring wireless internet connectivity to K-12 students in the Kankakee School Corporation in northern Jasper County to support remote learning. Prior to this effort, as many as a third of Kankakee’s student households reported e-learning challenges related to connectivity.

“This project will help us overcome the lack of connectivity in our area that suddenly became a huge hurdle for many of our students when we moved to e-learning in the spring,” said Don Street, Superintendent of the Kankakee Valley School Corporation.

The project is the first of several planned for IPI, an initiative of the Purdue Research Foundation. IPI applies science and technology to solve community needs in collaboration with university, corporate, and government partners by bringing together project leaders with the right expertise and philanthropic funding.

“The Innovation Partners Institute looks for challenging community problems and then aims to assemble an A-list of academic and corporate partners with the exact skills, experiences, and capabilities to collaboratively bring novel solutions forward,” said David Broecker, Chief Innovation and Collaboration Officer at the Purdue Research Foundation. “Because of the institute’s virtual nature, these experts function as ‘innovators in network’ as opposed to ‘entrepreneurs in residence’ who tap their own networks and partners to develop solutions.” 

IPI brought together Shakouri’s broadband deployment expertise with philanthropic funding from Jay and Robyn Stead of Auckland, New Zealand to address the critical internet connectivity need for underserved populations in rural Indiana. Jay is a successful business leader and innovator and graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Management from the Krannert School of Business in 1986. The Indiana Governors Emergency Educational Relief (GEER) Fund provided 15 percent of the project funding with the remaining funds coming from the Stead family and others.

“The mission of the institute is to help people through the collaborative application of science and technology,” said Troy Hege, Purdue Research Foundation Vice President of Innovation and Technology and Program Manager of the Institute. “This project is a perfect example of that mission in action. It leverages SBA’s telecommunications infrastructure and Watch Communications’ expertise in rural broadband connectivity for a novel application.”

For SBA, the partnership with IPI represents an important step in the development of solutions to help bridge the digital divide for underserved communities.

“The promise of this technology lies in its ability to be customized to suit a community’s needs,” said Piyush Raj, Managing Director, Connected Venues, of SBA Communications. “Remote learning is a critically important application today, but we believe these networks have the ability to support a wide variety of public and private services for communities throughout the U.S., ranging from education and telehealth to IoT (Internet of Things) to public safety and emergency communications. SBA is excited to help lead this transformation and assist this part of Indiana in closing the digital divide.”

Partner Watch Communications focuses on unserved and underserved markets.

“Expanding broadband access to rural areas, especially for students, is one of the most important things that Internet Service Providers can do, and we are proud to be a partner on this vital project,” said Greg Jarman, Chief Development Officer for Watch Communications. “The important work by the Purdue Research Foundation’s Innovation Partners Institute to close the digital divide will result in solutions that can be applied throughout the Midwest and elsewhere. Internet access is not a luxury, and Watch Communications is excited to be a leader in bringing reliable, high-speed Internet to rural communities.”

The Innovation Partners Institute operates out of the Convergence Building in the heart of Purdue Research Foundation’s Discovery Party District.

“The Institute is a great catalyst and example of the vision for the district,” said Brian Edelman, president of Purdue Research Foundation. “The district is a live, work, plan, learn environment, and uniquely creates a ‘space’ that is situated at the front door of  Purdue University, which enables engagement with faculty and students, access to intellectual property and research assets, unique capabilities, and engagement with other corporate collaborators.”

Sources:

Troy Hege, tdhege@prf.org

David Broecker, dabroecker@prf.org

Mo Shakouri, shakouri@jointventure.org

Media inquiries:

Christy Denault, csdenault@yahoo.com 317/417-6322

About Innovation Partners Institute

Innovation Partners Institute (IPI) is an innovation community designed to turn concepts into early-stage solutions to solve big problems. The Institute serves as a collaborative “place in the middle” bringing together ideas and talent, hand-picked external experts, financial and corporate resources, and critical capabilities to address a specific challenge. IPI is centered at the Discovery Park District at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, in a 400+ acre connected community powered by a 5G+ technology infrastructure of fiber, an edge data center, a multi-use spectrum including CBRS, and multiple Internet of Things and artificial intelligence test beds. Visit us at partnersforinnovation.org.

About SBA Communications

SBA Communications Corporation (SBA) is an independent owner and operator of wireless communications infrastructure, which includes towers, buildings, rooftops, distributed antenna systems (DAS) and small cells. Founded in 1989 and headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida, SBA has operations in fourteen markets across the Americas and South Africa. Listed on NASDAQ under the symbol: SBAC, our organization is also part of the S&P 500 and is one of the top 20 Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) based on market capitalization.  For more information, please visit: www.sbasite.com.

About Watch Communications

Founded in 1992, Watch Communications is an Internet Service Provider (ISP) using a combination of fixed wireless and fiber technologies to serve residential and business customers throughout Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky. Watch Communications began as a wireless cable TV provider and expanded service offerings in 1998 to include the Internet. Since its creation, Watch Communications has focused on unserved and underserved small and rural markets. Watch Communications is a subsidiary of Benton Ridge Telephone. The Benton Ridge family of companies also includes Community Fiber Solutions in Indiana and Q Wireless in Kentucky and Indiana.