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UCF and Siemens Partner on Big Data Project for Smart Infrastructure

The University of Central Florida and Siemens have announced a big data collaboration focused on advancing smart infrastructure technologies. The project, which expands a 30-year partnership between the two, is aimed at improving the performance and efficiency of buildings and the energy grid by harnessing the power of data. The collaboration will include software and hardware to be installed at UCF’s Smart Infrastructure Data Analytics Lab, expected to be fully operational in early 2019, and will incorporate the existing Siemens Digital Grid Lab. Traditional building automation that integrates and controls a structure’s operations from HVAC, lighting and security to other systems now also includes digital mechanisms to link these systems together, gather data and analyze operations to provide better decision-making for building operators. Using Siemens software platforms, students and faculty will learn how to conduct in-depth research on data analytics focused on building systems. “We look forward to partnering with Siemens to help build and shape the smart cities of tomorrow,” UCF President Dale Whittaker said. “Together, we will prepare our students to meet the data science workforce demands of the future and produce technology efficiencies and innovations in infrastructure and energy that will benefit our community and our nation for decades to come.”

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