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Colorado State University, University of Pittsburgh, University of Washington and University of Wisconsin To Receive Four Electric Vehicles For Internet of Things’ Sustainable Research Projects

Posted on Jun 23, 2014 by Todd Sedmak
Tags: Advanced Network Services, Campus IT, Cloud Services & Applications, Community-Driven Innovation, eduroam, Frontpage News, Higher Education, Internet2 Member, Internet2 of Things, Research

Colorado State University, University of Pittsburgh, University of Washington and University of Wisconsin To Receive Four Electric Vehicles For Internet of Things’ Sustainable Research Projects

 Research to Reduce the Campuses’ Carbon Footprint, Feature Internet2 Advanced Technologies and Use Vehicle Sensor Data

WASHINGTON, D.C.—June 23, 2014--Internet2 and Innova UEV LLC, manufacturer of an all-electric micro vehicle--the Innova Dash, today announced the selection of four universities to each receive four of the uniquely equipped electric vehicles for research to reduce the campus’s carbon footprint, foster research involving sensor data, use Internet2’s advanced technologies and broaden understanding of the Internet of Things phenomenon.

Colorado State University, University of Pittsburgh, University of Washington and the University Wisconsin were selected from a pool of eleven proposals and will receive the electric vehicles, called University Electric Vehicles (UEV), for their specific sustainable research projects later this summer. At the conclusion of the projects, all aggregated data will become anonymous and publicly available for any researcher. 

“We are excited about these four campuses that are regional leaders in sustainability using these electric vehicles to enhance research, adopt advanced technologies, and enhance campus carbon footprint reductions” said Steve Wolff, Internet2 interim chief technology officer. “As more devices are connected to each other via the Internet and provide data that helps us make thoughtful decisions, it’s key that the Internet2 research and education community is at the cutting-edge of the technology and opportunities. We look forward to learning the results from these Internet of Things’ research projects and hearing, what’s next.”

“It’s very special for our organization to work with these four major research campuses and Internet2’s research and education community to discover new applications to address sustainability, while leveraging the Internet2 Network and services to advance research, said Roman Kuropas, Innova chief executive officer and UEV founder. “We look forward to supporting Colorado State, Pitt, Washington and Wisconsin and their Internet of Things’ sustainability research that will impact their campus and potentially campuses nationwide.”

Background information:

The UEV debuted during the Internet2 Global Summit, held in April, in Denver.

The UEVs will be available on each campus and equipped with a tablet-sized personal computer controlling the electronics and advanced technologies. The UEVs will connect automatically to the campus’s Wi-Fi network via an installed 802.11x certificate and Internet2’s eduroam technology. This enables the vehicle to communicate operational data, such as position, speed and battery charge, to the campus’s computer network, where the data can support relevant research projects. The eduroam technology is a global Wi-Fi service normally enabling students, researchers and staff to obtain secure and fast Internet connectivity across campuses by simply opening their laptop.

Via a mobile application, users will know if a vehicle is available, where it is and where it will be. UEV users will be able to use their campus identification and password credentials provided by Internet2’s InCommon service to log in, reserve, activate vehicle use and provide comments on the vehicle’s performance and utility.

The seamless log in and identity applications will allow researchers to collect, transfer, store and analyze robust sensor data from the vehicle. This will provide a unique opportunity to greatly understand the Internet of Things.

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About Internet2

Internet2® is a member-owned advanced technology community founded by the nation's leading higher education institutions in 1996. Internet2 provides a collaborative environment for U.S. research and education organizations to solve common technology challenges, and to develop innovative solutions in support of their educational, research, and community service missions.

Internet2 also operates the nation’s largest and fastest, coast-to-coast research and education network, in which the Network Operations Center is powered by Indiana University. Internet2 serves more than 93,000 community anchor institutions, 250 U.S. universities, 70 government agencies, 38 regional and state education networks, 80 leading corporations working with our community and more than 65 national research and education networking partners representing more than 100 countries.

Internet2 offices are located in Ann Arbor, Mich.; Denver, Colo.; Emeryville, Calif.; Washington, D.C; and West Hartford, Conn. For more information, visit or follow @Internet2 on Twitter.

About Innova UEV LLC

Innova UEV, a zero emissions electronic vehicle company, is based in the Chicago suburb of Burr Ridge, Illinois. Innova’s Dash is a new urban electric vehicle, a variation on European micro-car technology. The Dash fills the important zero-emissions gap between motorcycles and compact vehicles. With a maximum speed of 35 mph and an estimated 100-mile range, the Dash plugs into any standard garage 240-volt outlet at the cost of less than 25¢-a-day to operate. For details, go to

For media assistance:

Todd Sedmak, Internet2, or 202-803-8978

Follow future developments about the Innova Dash UEV on Twitter via @Internet2 or #I2Dash.