New Internet of Things (IoT) Consortium Formed at USC

USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering and Marshall School of Business, together with the City of Los Angeles and a number of companies and other organizations, have come together to form a new consortium, that will design, develop, test, and deploy an Internet of Things (IoT) system to benefit “smart city” communities including the City of LA, area residents and industry.

The newly formed Intelligent Internet of Things Integrator (I3) consortium is organized by the USC Institute for Communication Technology Management (CTM) at the USC Marshall School of Business, the USC Center for Cyber-Physical Systems and the Internet of Things (CCI), and the the USC Integrated Media Systems Center (IMSC) at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. The departments will engage governmental agencies and industry partners to encourage the development of community-based IoT networks.

Community-based IoT networks are built from groups of independent citizens, companies, and other entities that voluntarily work together to create powerful data “rivers” or consolidated data streams from many IoT device owners into one common flow. Individuals or companies may consent to volunteering the data from their devices so the data can be used for applications that manage energy use, transit, garbage collection, air quality, parking or leak detection in pipes. The proposed I3 system aims to provide greater transparency between application developers who depend on data for decision-making and the users or organizations that own the devices.

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–Compiled by USC Stevens Center for Innovation and published December 20, 2017