William Ball, MD, vice president for research, joined Thomas Lange, director of corporate R&D, Procter & Gamble Company (P&G), to greet Governor John Kasich as he ceremonially “lit-up” a massive speed upgrade to the broadband, fiber-optic network system linking Ohio’s higher education and research centers.
The University of Cincinnati and P&G were one of several universities and businesses from around Ohio invited by Governor Kasich and Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Jim Petro to participate in the statewide “light-up” ceremony, which was broadcast online via HD video conference.
The tenfold upgrade in data transmission for the network system, known as OARnet, will benefit research and job-creating assets statewide and is the first-ever, state-led initiative in the country. The astonishing network speeds of 100 Gigabits per second (Gbps) will help advance research and job growth across Ohio’s medical research, higher education, manufacturing, engineering and technology networking corridors.
“The University of Cincinnati has a number of key partners locally and across the state,” said Ball. “We’ve recently launched the University of Cincinnati Research Institute (UCRI) to better connect our experts to industry partners such as P&G,” said Ball. “The power of the enhanced network will surely expand the impact and success of UCRI’s efforts to facilitate commercialization and enhance experiential experiences for our students.”
Ball, a neuroradiologist, said he is also able to see first hand how an enhanced data network could benefit not only research, but also patient care initiatives important to the university and its partners. “The increased bandwidth offered by the 100 Gig capability will allow universities like UC, with large academic medical centers, to transfer large amounts of data—medical imaging for example—much more quickly.”
“This technological advancement has the potential to spark economic and research activity and will make UC a critical partner in Ohio’s role as a leader in innovation and development,” said Nelson C. Vincent, interim vice president for information technology and CIO, UC Information Technologies. “This is a tremendous opportunity for UC and for our partners like P&G in the Greater Cincinnati area. We’re grateful to be a part of it.”
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