Partnerships & Funding

Press Release
October 10, 2007 - Joint Press Release (pdf)

Partnership
Town Information Technology Department - Email
"We have received an incredible amount of positive feedback from citizens, professionals, and visitors, and I'm delighted we are able to deliver such an amazing system in this community using funds provided exclusively through an external partnership. I believe this system will not only have a positive impact on Town services, like providing citizens the ability to pay for parking with a credit card, or traffic calming through connected traffic signals, but I also believe the possibilities surrounding economic development are endless. I am very excited about where this system, and this partnership with the University, will take this community." - Kristopher J. Pacunas, Director of Information Technology

UMass Computer Science Department (external link) - PRISMS lab site (external link)
"We believe that the greatest research results come from experimentation from a real test bed. The cooperation between the Town and our research lab will be a major accelerant in gaining valuable insights into mobile systems." -Mark Corner, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, UMass Amherst

Funding

Funding for the Downtown Community Wireless Project is provided through UMass by grants from the National Science Foundation (external link) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) (external link).