Los Angeles connects massive database to CalREN, making smart cities info available to researchers

The City of Los Angeles will connect its computers and databases to the 100 Gbps California Research and Education Network (CalREN), thanks to an agreement with CENIC (Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California). Best of all for taxpayers, the connection is being provided at no additional cost.

While the connection to CalREN gives students, researchers, educators and member institutions high-speed access to Los Angeles' information, it also could play an important role in the region's development of smart cities technology and practices. "This peering partnership between CENIC and the City of Los Angeles represents a unique opportunity to pair the sophisticated research and analysis being done at California's great universities with the massive data being generated one of our country's most progressive Smart Cities, Los Angeles. This will lead to advances in urban living that have not been possible before," said William Clebsch, associate vice president for IT Services at Stanford and chair of the CENIC board of directors.

Los Angeles has one of the largest collections of urban data ever created and measures a number of initiatives like its Clean Streets program. Apps like Google's Waze utilize the city's datasets to help drivers avoid construction delays, for example. Release