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Sun Corridor Network: Connecting Musicians for Real-Time Collaboration

Posted on Aug 01, 2018 by Stephanie Stenberg
Tags: Community Anchor Program, State and Regional Network Spotlight

Imagine being able to play music with another person miles away with essentially zero delay in sound quality. That’s what transpired in a recent innovative partnership between the ASU School of Music, the Sun Corridor Network, and Paradise Valley Unified School District Information Technology.

"The project opened up doors to so many possibilities, limited only by our imagination"

Norm Pratt, Paradise Valley Director of Fine Arts

On April 10, the Paradise Valley high school band beamed into the ASU Gammage Auditorium for a live performance with the ASU orchestra. Conductor Dr. Jason Caslor used LoLa (Low Latency) technology, coupled with Arizona’s very low latency Sun Corridor Network, and the national Internet2 Network, to virtually conduct Paradise Valley high school students to play along with the ASU orchestra, even though they were physically 25 miles apart. 

“The project opened up doors to so many possibilities, limited only by our imagination on how we can use it to create  rich and meaningful experiences for our students.” says Norm Pratt, Paradise Valley’s Director of Fine Arts. Sun Corridor Network Executive Director Michael Sherman echoed those sentiments. “Paradise Valley and ASU are among the few institutions in the country to deploy LoLa and collaborate like this.  It is a thrill for us to see the unique characteristics of our network being used to enhance collaboration and education. We look forward to seeing what other applications can benefit from LoLa.”

About the Sun Corridor Network
The Sun Corridor Network is a collaboration of the three state universities – Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, and University of Arizona and sponsored by the Arizona Board of Regents. The network was created to share high-capacity digital communications resources, network services, and applications among eligible users, including the K-12 community. It extends its mission to K-12 education by offering a highly reliable, low cost, effective, gigabit speed, interconnected and secured broadband service delivery network.

Network Statistics
Community Anchor Program member since: July 1, 2012
Institutions served:
K-12 schools: 5
Universities: 3
Community Colleges: 2
Research institutions: 2
Regional Network: 1
Public Media Stations (PBS, NPR): 2
Public Safety Agencies: 2