Intelligent infrastructure pilot launched in Texas

public infrastructure network node (Pinn)

The Autonomy Institute and its partners are deploying a public infrastructure network node at Texas Military Department in Austin with plans to expand across major US cities and globally.

The Autonomy Institute, a cooperative research consortium focused on advancing and accelerating autonomy and artificial intelligence (AI) at the edge, has announced plans to launch a public infrastructure network node (Pinn) pilot at Texas Military Department in Austin, Texas.

The Pinn pilot will serve as the programme for developing autonomous solutions at the edge with plans to expand from Austin to other major US cities and then globally.

Single unified system

The Pinn claims to be the first unified open standard to incorporate 5G wireless, edge computing, radar, lidar, enhanced GPS, and intelligent transportation systems (ITS) as a single unified system.

Pinns are designed to rapidly deliver a multitude of advanced edge sensors and computing capabilities urgently needed to support autonomy and IoT and aim to solve the challenge of delivering low-latency computing and sensors at the edge while avoiding unsightly urban infrastructure sprawl.

“Investment in a 21st century intelligent and autonomous infrastructure is among the highest priorities for stimulating economic expansion, national security, and job growth,” said Jeffrey DeCoux, chairman and fellow, Autonomy Institute.

He added: “Edge computing, 5G wireless, intelligent transportation systems, resilient alternative positioning, navigation timing (APNT,) and resilient electrical grids will drive the largest infrastructure buildout in our nation’s history. Digital edge will drive the world economy.”

The company claims deployment of Pinns will be as critical to cities as roads, power, telecommunications, and water infrastructure. It said that Pinn clusters will be deployed within cities, on highways, across military installations, and in rural communities to accelerate the nation’s digital infrastructure build-out.

“The future of Industry 4.0 depends on a plurality of multi-tenant sensors and processing capabilities located close to users, machines, and devices,” added John Cowan, EDJX CEO, and co-founder.

Autonomy Institute technology partners EDJX, a distributed cloud services at the edge specialist, and Atrius Industries, which develops intelligent and autonomous applications, have aligned their strategies to deliver solutions at the edge for Pinn pilot users, including transportation customers.

Initial deployment

Pinns will be deployed first in Austin, Texas, and Texas Military Department, Camp Mabry. Autonomy Institute, Atrius, and EDJX are building out a priority sequence of city-by-city roll-outs. Thepartners said the first Pinns are scheduled to come online in the second quarter of 2021 and will enable optimised traffic management, autonomous cars, industrial robotics, autonomous delivery, drones that respond to 911 calls, automated road and bridge inspection, smart city and national security applications.

Autonomy Institute claims to be working with the cities of Raleigh, Denver, Austin, Dallas, and Pittsburgh, which are already exploring the impact of Pinn infrastructure. Pinn deployment will allow activation of compute and sensors and 5G equipment, foundational to building critical applications at the edge.

The companies are inviting US city planning departments, IoT developers, and other interested technology providers to apply to the limited PINN Beta programme.


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