Technology, the environment, and globalization define our world. CITE, the Center for Innovation Testing and Evaluation, is a bold vision for a new research platform; a venue for addressing the challenges innovators face when developing, evaluating, and commercializing products intended for our use in all populated ecosystems—innovations most effectively evaluated under the practical realities of our user environments.
The vision for CITE, a large land area transformed into a sensor-based laboratory ecosystem, combines scale with integrated test and evaluation infrastructure. A prominent feature of and illustrative of CITE’s transformational opportunities, is the construction of a full-scale, fully operational model city called the “City Lab”. For the first time, at this scale and scope, researchers will be able to test, evaluate, and demonstrate emerging technologies destined for the commercial marketplace in a single campus environment with real-time sensor monitoring to test and evaluate their performance one-step prior to full integration into the marketplace.
Winner of Total Telecom's 2015 IOT Association Award for the "Most Significant Contribution to the IOT Ecosystem", CITE will be a home for testing that, put simply, cannot be accommodated in existing laboratories – public or private or real-world populated settings. CITE will provide the infrastructure necessary to unlock innovation in new applications in clean energy, advanced telecommunications, the Internet of Things, transportation, agriculture, physical security, cyber security, and construction. For example, “Smart City” technology can be honed and evaluated on CITE’s sensor-based evaluation grid before its introduction onto the public’s global grid.
CITE is also intended to be a means to remove the many barriers confronting the commercialization of basic research- whether private or publicly-funded. CITE’s goal is to create a “center of gravity” that barriers to the commercialization process – legal, regulatory, financial, operational – are identified and addressed. In doing so, CITE will have a significant positive impact on its own geographic area in economic development, attracting supporting industries ancillary to its activities. CITE will be an “opportunity highway” over which private and public research will meet and engage interested developers, financiers, buyers accelerating their proposed products journey to the marketplace.
With this plan, we are one step closer to the unique discoveries that this facility portends.
Robert H. Brumley II, Founder & Executive Chairman, CITE™, Inc.