LEaRN The Lafayette Engagement and Research Network

2017-08-17 LEaRN Status Meeting

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SubjectStatus Meeting
Project NameLEaRN
Meeting DateAugust 17, 2017
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CGI Lafayette, 538 Cajundome Blvd.; Room: Lafayette/1N-09 

10:00 AM Central



Discussion Items

Recent News and Funding Opportunities
 Hardware (Sensor, Servers, POC Assembly, Network, Deployment Strategy)
  • Prototype platform status
    • Next round of sensors have been ordered, have arrived
    • We are writing code to read data off of the sensors as we speak
    • TODO: Need to detail sensor calibration protocol
  • Prototype sensor status – health and monitoring
    • Continue to working well without downtime since most recent code changes
  • Hardware fabrication
    • Met August 11th, with UL and David Thibodeaux STEM academy to plan fabrication
      • David Thibodeaux students will be available to help with fabrication in October and November
      • Next status update meeting with DTSTEM et al. will be Friday Sept. 8th 3:00-3:30
      • Meeting notes:
  • LCG, LUS Fiber and Network/Hardware Planning update 
  • Future Sensor Deployments
    • Status updates on UL Research Input to help guide deployment intersection locations
        • Gretchen L Vanicor (LA.edu) is working on a list of potential locations based on advice from Dean Jaffey(sp?)
          • e.g. locate at Daycares and Hospitals; Cajun Field bus stops (where buses idle); place in remote UL properties, e.g. ecology center, Crowley Energy Research Center (near rice and soybean fields), St. Martinville
          • Gretchen L Vanicor (LA.edu) produced a spreadsheet, which can be found here: Sensor locations
            • Miles, Brian (CGI Federal) is working on getting these into a map
            • Reference Google map from Gretchen's e-mail
            • Specific locations need to be selected from a subset of these
              • Need to determine network options available for non-traffic signal sites
                • Cox seems to be receptive to cooperating for deployments to LPSS and other places not served by LUS
            • Gretchen L Vanicor (LA.edu), Warren G. Abadie (Lafayette LA), Miles, Brian (CGI Federal) met July 18th to go through the master list and start refining placement
              • Came up with a prioritized list of sites
              • Met last week to add the traffic sites and to fill gaps in coverage across the Parish
            • Latest proposed sensor site map is here:
    • UL Sensors
    • LPSS Sensors
      • Trying to set up a meeting with Shauna LeBlanc to logistics
      • Tentative meeting Thursday August 24th, 11:00
    • Status updates on Coordination of sensor deployments with LDEQ/USGS
      • Miles, Brian (CGI Federal) / LaBar, William (CGI Federal) will follow-up.
      • LaBar, William (CGI Federal) had a recent note from Bob Bailey (LDEQ)
      • Update from Blundell, Ben (University of Louisiana at Lafayette) re. network access:
        • I'm scheduling a site visit next week to verify the USGS network closets
          and cable plant necessary to support the Wifi extension(s) needed to reach
          the LDEQ building site.  I gathered all the information over a phone
          conversation with them a while back.  [USGS] stated that they had the
          necessary connectivity paths available but I would like to verify things
          with a site visit.  After the visit, I will be able to determine timelines
          but I think it's feasible to match that mid-September date (give or take a
          week or so).
        • We would need Wifi APs.  Our NIRC facility has had great experiences with
          Ubiquiti Networks APs, particularly the Nanostation M5 (for network
          extensions over Wifi, etc.).  I will investigate our AP options and let
          you know.  
        • For a small, localized deployment, such as the USGS
          and LDEQ areas, Ubiquiti units would be a cost effective choice.
    • Status updates on Time frames / Quantities for upcoming future deployments
      • Target mid September for placing another 1/2 dozen prototype sensors
  • Status Update Mobile Sensors
      • Alghamdi, Taghreed (LEARN) is working at CGI this summer on mobile sensors
        • Working on prototype car-mounted sensor
        • Will work with Warren G. Abadie (Lafayette LA) to discuss potential for bus-mounted sensors
          • It is possible to query some hardware on the buses to obtain current location
          • We could use the bus Wifi to transmit data
  • Update status on Water sensors brainstorming
    • Delcambre, Matthew (University of Louisiana at Lafayette), Miles, Brian (CGI Federal) continued to meet with UL researchers (Beth Stauffer, Ed Theriot, Emad Habib, Taylor Sloey, Whitney Broussard, and others) and LCG (Warren G. Abadie (Lafayette LA), Bess Foret) to discuss flooding/drainage applications
      • The group created a 2-page pilot project proposal
      • The group is exploring seed funding for the pilot
        • Delcambre, Matthew (University of Louisiana at Lafayette) talked with US Ignite about $$$ for more sensors. May be able to write a grant for $10k.
          • Could be used for both air or water sensors
            • Use a different name for the water project?
            • May be more $$ avail for development work as well.
          • Waiting to hear about whether US Ignite will allow a waiver for these funds to purchase hardware (the funds are meant for software development)
            • US Ignite should have an official announcement at the June ~25thish Application Summit in Austin
      • The group met June 20 to design a pilot study in the Coulee Mine sub-watershed.
        • Group is working on Southeast Sustainability Directors Network proposal to fund the prototype ($150k/year for 2 years)
          • Letter of intent is due July 6, feedback by July 14
          • Full proposal is due in early September
          • LCG would need to be lead, but money would need to go through UL (question)
  • Use Cases and Ancillary Data Update (Ridgeway, Terysa (CGI))
  • LCG Data Access
    • Desired data:
      •  Distribution of traffic congestion and its health effects on:

        • Households within 1/4 mile of heavy traffic roadways
        • Heavy pedestrian areas (walking, biking, etc.)
        • Those with pre-existing conditions like asthma, heart diseases, and  lung diseases
        • Distance from parks, schools, and nursing homes
      • Traffic Data requests:
        • Annual Average Daily Traffic 
        • Traffic Count (Monthly Volume)
        • Traffic Count (Hourly Volume)
        • Directional Hourly Volume by Vehicle Class
        • Pedestrian traffic (location of crosswalks)
        • Cyclist traffic (location of bicycle lanes)
      • Health Data requests:

        • Citizens with asthma, heart and/or lung diseases (preferably broken down by address)
        • Annual averages of citizens with temporary respiratory issues (Upper respiratory infection, bronchitis, outdoor allergies etc.)
        • Citizens with autoimmune diseases and the correlation to high humidity/low barometric pressured areas
 Software Development/Data Management Platform
 Partner Outreach



Action items

Date Assigned 


Due Date

Completion Date Notes 

Meet with LCG re. health, planning, and traffic data

 Check if we can place our own gateway in Stephens Hall   
 Work to resolve issues with LUS network drop into Stephens Hall   
 Reach out to David Thibodeaux STEM academy re. sensor fabrication   
 Coordinate sensor deployments with LDEQ/USGS   
 Test mobile sensors   
 Send planning, transportation, and planning data to Ridgeway, Terysa (CGI)   
 Connect Ridgeway, Terysa (CGI) with DOTD for traffic count dataWarren G. Abadie (Lafayette LA)   

Follow-up with Blundell, Ben (University of Louisiana at Lafayette) and LUS re. connectivity into UL Stephens Hall


Set up meeting with Ron Evans (EPA), Christin Benedict (EPA) as technical experts for sensor calibration


Risks and Issues

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