Building Smart(er) Communities

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WiscNet's Building Smart(er) Communities event on October 3rd, 2018 in Stevens Point, WI provided community leaders and IT professionals with information and stories about how local communities and anchor institutions collaborate and use collective knowledge to serve their constituents. Using the framework of a Community Area Network (CAN), communities and organizations do amazing things— listen to the stories from these WiscNet members and learn creative ways they help their organizations and communities prepare for the technologies of today and tomorrow. Click here for a copy of the day's agenda.

Dave Lois, WiscNet CEO

Dave Lois, WiscNet CEO

Welcome: Dave Lois, WiscNet CEO

"WiscNet is a community: as a member organization you, as members, are just as much of that community as we are." Dave kicks off Building Smart(er) Communities by reflecting on the why this event is valuable to WiscNet and offers three reasons WiscNet believes these networks are important: 1) Adapt the WiscNet business model to reflect the innovation of our members; 2) Adapt to the needs of our members and what they are doing around the context of CANs and interconnect communities within and outside of Wisconsin (WiscNet’s CAN of CANs strategy); 3) Bring value back into the membership. Ultimately, WiscNet’s focus is to work with communities and do great things together!

Glenn Ricart, CTO US Ignite

Glenn Ricart, Founder and CTO, US Ignite

The foundation of a smarter community is a smarter network. The expected growth of IoT and cyber-physical systems will begin completely dominating internet traffic. But the new traffic doesn’t look like the old traffic. The new traffic suggests that CANs will become increasingly important, and the Internet will turn into a Community Area Network of Community Area Networks (CAN of CANs). High-bandwidth and latency-sensitive applications help drive the importance of these local networks.

The heart of this year’s event was the individual community stories — panel participants spoke about collaboration, tele-health in rural communities , putting the people knowledge/resources at the forefront of CAN development, ensuring students have equal access to learning, connecting anchor institutions as the pillars that make a community thrive, and encouraging creative solutions to build the foundational infrastructure for communities to prepare for the smart applications of today and tomorrow.

Click on the image to listen and learn about the passion that these community leaders have for the work they do and how they are preparing their communities to meet constituent needs of today and in the future.