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Wireless Grids Lab Mission Statement

"Our role is to investigate all aspects of human interaction with the multitude of plus size mother of the bride dresses devices and information technologies that exist and those which are emerging and to develop and share insights that will enhance our relationship with technology and realize our human potential."

Syracuse University (SU) and Virginia Tech (VT) are creating the Wireless Grid Innovation Testbed (WiGiT) with support of National Science Foundation (NSF) Partnership for Innovation program grants #0227879 and #0917973.

Recent federal reports highlight inter-operability challenges in radio communications at catastrophic events and critical incidents. At a crisis site, inter-operability is the “ability of disparate and diverse” radios to interact toward “common goals, involving the sharing of information and knowledge via white prom dresses defined or ad hoc processes to achieve coordinated actions” (Treglia, McKnight, Kuehn, Ramnarine-Rieks, Venkatesh & Bose. 2011). We address problems of intelligently inter-connecting first responders and stakeholders at sites where multiple jurisdictions and diminished communications capabilities are involved.

The innovative Deployable Augmented Wireless Gateway (iDAWG), with satellite support features, wil be used in actual multi-agency critical incident response exercises conducted by law enforcement, emergency responders and engaging other non-government entities and stakeholders. 

Dr. VenkateshCurrent work involves the creation of next generation secure resilient serverless transmission network integrating cognitive radio for crisis response using wireless grids in the creation of the iDAWG for crisis or catastrophic incident response. The Wireless Grids Corporation (WGC) developed “edgeware” under a prior PFI Award (0227879). "Edgeware" dynamically meshes devices, and media, permitting secure intelligent ad-hoc formation of networks of devices without a dedicated server for network management. The iDAWG is being designed to support multiple modes of transmission to include police and fire bands and well as other participants in a crisis response incident and including wired, wireless and satellite transmission to account for infrastructureless operations.

Participating academic institutions include Virginia Tech., Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), City College of New York (CCNY), and Syracuse University.

Agencies at all levels responding to crises involving multiple agencies or limitations to communications will benefit.


National Science FoundationWiGiT is supported in part by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under Grant No. #0227879 and #0917973. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.