In November 2017, USC’s Marshall School of Business and Viterbi School of Engineering announced that it was forming a consortium to design, develop, test, and deploy an IoT system to benefit communities such as the surrounding city of Los Angeles. The consortium will engage with government agencies and industry experts in order to develop community-based IoT networks composed of individuals from both the private and public sectors. The goal of this collaboration is to generate substantial amounts of data from applications such as energy use, transit, garbage collection, air quality, parking, or leak detection that can then be used to make better decisions that affect and improve the quality of life for members of the surrounding community. James Ellis, the Dean of USC’s Marshall School of Business, stated that initiatives like the I3 Consortium leverage data that provides better understanding of the convergences between businesses, consumers, and governments in “this age of data.”
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