What Can You Do with a Gig? GigTank Demos in Chattanooga Show Us.

Chattanooga has held a summer-long competition (GigTank) for best apps that take advantage of gigabit networks. Next week is the culmination of 11 team’s hard work and creativity as they show off their applications.

A couple of weeks ago I had leaders of four teams on Gigabit Nation. Here’s a preview of the fruits of their labor. Listen to the interviews, Their ideas are hot, hot, hot.

One of the guests, Tony, sent me a lengthier summary of his team’s project, which you can read below.

Nicole Newman is from New Jersey. Her team’s project is a facial recognition application that enables retailers to pull up data about the previous shopping of individuals who opt into the service and allow specific companies to have that access. The goal is to increase customer loyalty as well as raise the level of customer service.

Seth Bigham from Lafayette, GA heads another student team. Making homes smarter to people can connect with family and friends, in part by adding “gamification” capabilities. The idea is to give more control of their homes, energy usage and their various computing devices. One aspect of app allows users to turn energy conservation into a game between friends or neighbors.

Anthony Guglielmo is with a start up names Vigia. They make mobile apps that are focused on public safety. They are developing a soup-to-nuts system that addresses everything from the back-end servers to dispatch software to constituent-facing mobile apps that can move voice, print and particularly video data faster among the myriad of public safety workers.

Toni Gemayel works with a startup called Banyan. Their summer project is a version control and collaboration application that helps researchers move huge files quickly. Here’s the write up he sent me about his project. Be following my blog and my radio show, Gigabit Nation next week for details on all 11 teams.

Banyan, a version control and collaboration application for scientists, launched last week to the public. Our team has been working on Banyan for the last two months at thegigtank, a startup accelerator based out of Chattanooga, Tennessee that’s focused on bandwidth intensive startups. Our team consists of three tech entrepreneurs, Travis Staton, TJ Weigel, and Toni Gemayel. Since launching, Banyan has added users in 10 countries around the world.

Banyan Writeup

Banyan is utilizing the gig for bandwidth heavy data researchers work with. Suppose a researcher in San Fransisco needed to transfer 1TB of data to London. What would be the fastest route? Carrying the drive on a plane at SFO, or transferring it across the Internet using a 100 Mbps connection? Surprisingly, a researcher would save about 10 hours by flying to London himself. Transfering it over a 100Mbps connection would result in about a 22 hour transfer.  By utilizing the gig in Chattanooga, Banyan is able to share that same 1TB of data in about 16 minutes.

On top of being able to quickly send and share data, Banyan allows researchers to track file authorship, merge and collaborate on research, and quickly build teams around research projects. Banyan also adds another layer of project management on top of your research. We allow researchers to collaborate with their teams privately. They can keep communication organized by assigning messages to specific tasks. Banyan also serves as a research teams project management tool. You can assign individual or group tasks to specific research problems while keeping everything organized and streamlined through one dashboard.

We are excited about what the future holds for Banyan. We hope that the connections and data limitations researchers will overcome by using Banyan will help them solve the next generation of difficult problems. If you’re a researcher and you’re interested in testing the next generation of collaboration and version control, sign up here at http://getbanyan.co. Make sure to follow us on twitter here @Getbanyan.

2 Responses

  1. 100M link = 22 hours. Surely 1G = 2.2 hours?

  2. The Banyan numbers don’t add up. Well, the 100M one does…at 100 Mbps minus overhead you’re looking at a day to transfer a terabyte. However 16 minutes would require a connection far faster than a gigabit…a gigaBYTE per second to be exact. Many R&E institutions have this kind of connectivity now via 10G links, Chattanooga or elsewhere, but it’s not what’s available to everyone via EPB for cheap(ish…$300 per month for residential)

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