Rural Cloud Initiative - Spearheading the Digital Transformation of Rural America
BOULDER, Colo., June 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The Rural Cloud Initiative (RCI), a unique coalition of network and edge innovation partners committed to promoting and accelerating the digital transformation of rural America, announces a series of technology and business value milestones. Launched by Trilogy Networks earlier this year, the RCI is rapidly gaining momentum, having formed partnership agreements with 26 Network Providers and 11 Edge Innovation Partners. The purpose of the initiative is to deploy a unified, distributed cloud covering an area of 1.5 million square miles of rural America. Today, the RCI is unveiling a series of solution deployments, as well as the establishment of its ACRES leadership council.
At Hurst Greenery in Westboro, MO, the RCI has launched the first phase of its "Farm of the Future" series, using distributed cloud edge capabilities to facilitate and unlock the value of precision agriculture. The RCI has also launched a Digital Transformation Showcase in Chicago to allow Trilogy and its Edge Innovation Partners to architect upcoming solutions.
"The proliferation of smart technology has sparked America's fourth Industrial Revolution, with a massive impact on the opportunity to drive enhanced productivity and increased security. The rural market is rife with IoT devices critical to industries like agriculture and the digital oilfield," said George Woodward, CEO of Trilogy Networks. "Supporting this transformation will require the deployment of connected devices at the network edge that will enable new business models for both network operators and rural industries. While others are talking about it - Trilogy and our RCI partners are proving that both the technology and business value of edge solutions is provable, scalable and repeatable across a number of use cases and vertical applications."
"Farm of the Future" Series
"Automating energy, water and yield management with such transformative technologies are critical for family farms to protect future agriculture production," said Blake Hurst, owner of Hurst Greenery, as well as President of the Missouri Farm Bureau and Vice-Chair of the FCC Precision Connectivity Working Group. "As this network scales it will be able to address the needs of the 2,300 farms in this coverage area."
Digital Transformation Showcase
ACRES Advisory Council Established
"Within rural markets, there is clearly demand for services running at the edge and the adoption of advanced LTE and 5G will only drive that demand further," said Caroline Chan, Vice President and General Manager of Intel's Network Business Incubator Division and member of the RCI's ACRES leadership council. "RCI is bringing together organizations that are able to contribute at every stage of the edge computing value chain. This provides meaningful opportunities for leading technology providers to help spur digital transformation across rural America through a viable, scalable and repeatable model that addresses this unique market."
SOURCE Rural Cloud Initiative
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