$15,000 awarded to three Wes finalists


image: Purdue University engineering students Sid Gaur, Ben Murray and Atharva Rao examine equipment while discussing their participation in the West Lafayette Smart City Challenge. They are among three teams that received $5,000 for being named finalists in the contest.
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Purdue University teams and Virginia small businesses among finalists

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Organizers of the West Lafayette Smart City Challenge awarded $15,000 to create new data-driven tools that improve public safety. The winning teams include a Virginia-based startup and two teams of engineering students from Purdue University. The winning teams and project concepts are:

  • Metaverse Technologies Inc. is creating a smart intersection beacon platform that will anonymously collect data from intersections and user applications and process the information to deliver messages and signage directions to users of the intersection and the route to improve situational awareness, safety and efficiency of the intersection.
  • Communicative LED Pathways is an Internet of Things-based audio and visual platform to improve situational awareness of non-motorized road users to local conditions at individual intersections – congestion, traffic speed, etc., to improve intersection safety and efficiency.
  • The Real-Time Traffic Analytics Weather System is an Internet of Things-based traffic signaling platform that provides automated messages derived from artificial intelligence / machine learning based on various road conditions – weather, traffic jam, construction – to road users to improve road safety and efficiency. .

The winning teams proposed IoT solutions or software applications to improve the safety of vulnerable road users traveling through high traffic corridors and intersections during major seasonal events in the city. Several teams came up with many highly innovative proposals, but the three selected finalists stood out for the potential impact, viability, scalability and sustainability of their solutions, organizers said.

“One of the most incredible benefits of being a college community is the partnership between the university and the city,” said West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis. “We in the City of West Lafayette have the opportunity to serve as a living laboratory testing new technologies and ideas to make our community safe for visitors and citizens. We are very excited about the ideas that the three finalists have developed, and we look forward to seeing these ideas put into practice.”

During this phase, each team will receive financial support of $5,000, have access to historical datasets and real-time data generated by West Lafayette’s network of Miovision street cameras and sensors, and will have a work and project space at the Convergence Center Innovation Lab at Discovery. Park neighborhood at Purdue. Additionally, advisors from leading technology companies working with IoT, 5G and data analytics – including AT&T, Cisco, Ericsson, Tilson and Indiana 5GZone – will help teams coach and refine their concepts and prototypes.

Last summer, the Innovation Partners Institute hosted the WL Smart City Challenge with funding from Christian Kanady START Coalition to leverage the ingenuity of students and small businesses to solve a public safety problem in West Lafayette. The city’s population nearly doubles when students return to campus, and Discovery Park’s roads become high-traffic areas during certain events such as football games, concerts, and festivals. The solutions identified through this competition will help improve public safety and traffic flow for residents and visitors.

“It’s exciting to provide a showcase for this immense level of creativity,” Kanady said. “When we focus our best and brightest minds on a problem and provide them with the right resources to develop solutions, it’s amazing what can happen. We all go further and faster when we reinvest in local communities. .”

Mung Chiang, Executive Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at Purdue University and John A. Edwardson Dean of the College of Engineering, said, “It’s exciting to see two teams of Purdue’s Engineering 131 students selected as finalists in this unique collaboration in town. . This example of the laboratory-to-life model being built in the Discovery Park District at Purdue will make the district the premier site to deploy the latest innovations for real-world use.

In May, the teams will present their prototypes. The winning team will receive an additional $10,000 to pilot their solution on West Lafayette roads from May to December 2022. Register online for the event or to see more details about the competition.

About the City of West Lafayette

The town of West Lafayette, Indiana is home to Purdue University. As part of its strategic plan, the city seeks to make its community more sustainable and friendly for cyclists and pedestrians.

Innovation Partners Institute

The Innovation Partners Institute is located in the Convergence Center in the heart of the new Discovery Park neighborhood at Purdue. Located adjacent to the Purdue University campus, Purdue’s Discovery Park District is a playground for innovation, providing access to world-class researchers, leading companies, state-of-the-art facilities, central laboratories and advanced technology centers. This 400+ acre mixed-use development is also planned as a “connected community”, powered by 5G+ technology infrastructure consisting of fiber, state-of-the-art data center, multi-use spectrum including CBRS , and several IoT and AI testbeds. For more information, visit www.partnersforinnovation.org.

Light up the United States

US Ignite is a high-tech nonprofit whose mission is to accelerate the movement of intelligent communities. We work to guide communities into a connected future, create a pathway for private sector growth, and advance technology research that is at the heart of smarter development. For more information, visit www.us-ignite.org.

Indiana 5G area

The Indiana 5G Zone, one of many NineTwelve initiatives, is advancing the transformation of physical industries by powering smart cities, smart logistics and advanced manufacturing. Its cross-industry 5G Demonstration Lab is the first of its kind to enable governments, enterprises and universities to design and market breakthrough testbed offerings with immediate practical applications.

About the Purdue Foundry

The Purdue Foundry exists to help Purdue students, faculty and alumni bring ideas to market faster. It’s a place to turn innovators into entrepreneurs by providing guidance on entity formation, ideation, market analysis, and business model development. We are focused on helping people at Purdue who have business or product ideas and want to turn them into a business. The process and passion for the success of each business is driven by the entrepreneur and while the foundry provides additional support, education and tools to help each client succeed.


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On Ericsson

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On Tilson

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The company, started by three friends at the University of Waterloo in a basement, has become the leading authority on traffic data. Miovision started out as a traffic solutions company, but our continuous approach to innovation and dedication to solving real-world problems has led us to where we are today: helping cities realize their vision of the smart city.


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