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Internet of Things Collaborative Plans Two New Research Hubs

CSU and Case Western Reserve University have received a $3.1 million grant from the Cleveland Foundation to further advance the Internet of Things Collaborative (IOTC), a joint initiative forged in 2017 to shape the Northeast Ohio region into a digital innovation leader.  

The IOTC, built around The Internet of Things – the billions of physical devices around the world collecting and sharing data over the internet, including factory automation, healthcare devices that remotely monitor patients and systems that track transportation and utilities infrastructure – will use the additional funding to establish two technology research hubs and expand faculty engagement over the next two years. 

The Community+Technology hub will drive technology development and deployment, prioritizing public interest, as the IOTC establishes community-facing solutions, while the Industry+Technology hub focuses on future manufacturing and connected health, bringing together both universities’ schools of engineering and nursing, and the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine.  

 “This type of collaboration is critical for the economic health of our community,” said Ronn Richard, Cleveland Foundation president & CEO. “This is a unique opportunity for two outstanding academic institutions to come together to turn the vision of Cleveland becoming a technology-based innovation hub into a reality – one that is grounded in equitable and inclusive job creation as we reimagine the workforce of the future.” 

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