Home to the Mississippi Telecommunications Conference
Vision statement meant as discussion starter
The personal computer is only 20 years old - MTV is 20 years old. A whole generation is being raised on a new form of literacy .
The Telecom Center can catalyze major change in the way Mississippi thinks, learns and is perceived by promoting state wide media literacy. The building can make the statement that something different, and wonderful is happening in Mississippi.
In the building people can encounter the emerging world of global communication (the stuff and the people using the stuff) in such a way as to inspire a sense of wonder about communications technology and a feeling of confidence in Mississippi’s future in the global economy.
A Center in Mississippi dedicated to the technology’s ability to provide all Mississippi’s people the education, tools and opportunity to excel on the emerging world wide digital frontier.
A developing vision of our mission
THE BUILDING --------------------------
THE SITE -----------------------------------
(Mini Vision story #1)
Create a Showcase for local technology companies. A market place where entrepreneurs can meet and exchange money and ideas. Mississippi communications companies can use the Center as a test bed to try out and promote products and services.
(Mini Vision Story #2)
THE MISSION ------------------------------
(Mini Vision story #3)
Mississippi Information System. Mississippi.Net
BROADCAST ON MISSISSIPPI EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION
Mini Vision Story # 4
Pleas McNeel - September 5, 2005
Notes: Design charrettes using 3D visualization techniques developed at Media Lab, Virtual museums = pictures, text, streaming audio and video, - Children teach children - Inside out to reveal technology, Home hub for stateside metadata base and state GRID, Smart Mississippi Project with Mississippi education television - PM
Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2001 16:57:05 -0500
From: Steve Davis <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
CC: Steve Davis <email@example.com>
Subject: telecommunications conference center
Three thoughts regarding the Telecommunications Conference Center:
1. Seattle's Experience Music Project has a center for playing with and learning about musical instruments. We need a similar center for computers/digital stuff.
2. One segment we should be addressing is Mississippi artists. Unless they are in an academic setting, they have little access to technology. Writers, audio, and visual artists would benefit from exposure to computers, video conferencing, online collaboration, 3-d imaging, hypertext, digital sound recording, 2-d and 3-d input (scanners) and output (plotters and solid modelers). What might the next generation of art include?
3. An interesting article from the Clarion Ledger. Emphasis mine. Now, we need to provide a place for the public to access the info, not just government agencies.
August 13, 2001
DEQ praises mapping system
County efforts lead to pilot project status for state
The Associated Press
The state's Department of Environmental Quality was so impressed with Desoto County's mapping system, officials decided to use it as a model for the state. Keith Harkins, DEQ administrative services director, said Wednesday the county's Geographical Information System will become a pilot program for the entire state. Harkins said the county was selected because of the extensive amount of work it has done to set up its own GIS system. "DeSoto County stood out as a place where digital infrastructure mapping was well under way," Harkins said. Harkins said the state program, Digital Mississippi, has as its goal to produce an accurate three-dimensional representation of the surface features of the state. The information gathered can be used in multiple applications for local or state governments including transportation, emergency services, and economic development. County Administrator David Armstrong said they set up the system in 1999 and have spent more than $1 million to implement it. Harkins said DEQ hopes to have an interim report on the DeSoto County program ready by Sept. 20 to present to the Legislature while the new budget is being considered. A final report will be due in December. “
From: "angie durham" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Telecom Center Vision
Date: Wed, Aug 15, 2001, 8:35 AM
Good morning Michael, hope all is well with you. I am attaching a
discussion draft of a first run by Malcolm White (one of the Commission
Members) of the proposed vision for the Telecom Center. Would you please
put a "realty" spin on what is doable and not, and, give us the technical
take on some of this "dreamy" stuff. Malcolm and several others on the
Commission are beginning to really think about what this project should be
and we obviously want your input.
-----Original Message in reply-----
From: Michael Hall [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Friday, August 17, 2001 1:06 PM
Subject: Re: Telecom Center Vision
What I read is science fact.
All the stories can be made to happen, in fact we have done so on more than one occasion at the Austin Center. At the phase we are in now with this project, infrastructure is a key element. All voice/video/data signals travel over fiber/cooper/coax cables. Yes there is wireless but it all ends up on a wire (and/or glass) sooner or later. Putting in the right type/amounts in the right places will enable the ability to "be connect" and thus successful.
All of the science fiction visions were about being connected. As technology changes
and the speed of communication leap frogs, the basic infrastructure has to be able to support those needs. R&D shops build new communication technologies around existing infrastructures. Why, because unless you are building a new structure, communication services have to run on existing wires because it's cheaper to replace the "little black boxes" on the ends of the wire that modulate the signals than it is to rewire an office, high rise, city, state or country. Granted there are new communication technologies that are designed to run on new/upgraded media and that is what we are looking at designing. A facility that is backwards compatible. Able to run the latest and greatest while still able to support a standard phone line.
Building alliances and awareness with local technology groups, education
agencies and telecommunication providers will help in bringing services to
From Angie Dvorak
President/CEO, Mississippi Technology, Inc.
regarding potential roles for the Center:
- Create premier center for advanced telecommunications;
- In addition to technology-mediated conferencing capacity for professional
organizational and development use, provide a home for advanced
telecommunications technologies research and commercialization projects;
- Link with efforts and initiatives in the research universities;
- Serve as the home of communications and information technology industry
cluster organization, CIT.MS;
- Serve as an emerging telecommunications technologies marketplace for the
State of Mississippi;
- Support telecommunications companies in product promotion campaigns;
- Recruit high-tech anchor tenants/events that provide a regular usage basefor the center, focusing on those groups, events, and initiatives that target 15-30 participants in high-level, extensive professional development and/or research dissemination programs;
- Serve as a vehicle by which the science and technology community can be globally linked to the state of Mississippi and the City of Jackson in promoting the area as a high-tech conferencing and meeting site and an advanced telecommunications hub of the South; and
- Provide an initial phase "smart" facility for an international trade initiative leading to the development of a companion facility that serves as Mississippi's global trade center.
Strategic Agenda: To accommodate through advanced computing and telecommunications infrastructure the maximum technological capacity of the client-user. The emphasis is on infrastructure capacity with the client-user generally providing most or all of the specific equipment needs.
Delivery capacity: Video, data and voice accessibility to all delivery points in facility either through internal or external origination.
Four-quad perspective: Each delivery area - large conference area(s), mid-sized meeting/presentation/training space(s), and/or small seminar/workshop/training room(s) - will provide maximum connectivity from all four-quadrants, providing multiple space configuration options.
Technical assistance: Professional technical staff to support client-based utilization and internal support services.
Technological diversity: In order to access a variety of signal types to better serve client needs, each delivery area will provide fiber optic [single and multimode], UTP, and coaxial cable. The configuration of the communications infrastructure must allow maximum accessibility and design flexibility to accommodate future upgrades; however, the wireless capacity will probably result in a limited life expectancy for most of these infrastructure technologies.
Web connectivity: Each delivery area will have access to a minimum of a DS3 data circuit with multiple T-1 and Ethernet link backup support.
Super Technology Business Center: A specified area of the facility will accommodate the needs of clients by providing the maximum in computing and telecommunications capacity - connectivity and equipment - for individual use.
Remote Sensor Technologies: The latest remote sensor technologies available for presentation/communications purposes will be used to maximize mobility in each delivery area with ease of transition between and among different technologies.
Technology-Compatible Amenities: Lighting, furnishings, acoustical system, projection and other permanent-mount technology support items must accommodate the complex yet flexible functionality of the facility and be designed to accommodate effective and efficient future upgrades.
THE MISSISSIPPI STATE GRID
From: "Dr. Christopher J. Freitas" <CFreitas@swri.org>
Principal Engineer Computational Mechanics
Southwest Research Institute
Constellations and galaxies are no longer terms solely applied to cosmological structures. Due to several enabling technologies, such as high-speed data transmission technology, constellations now refers to local clusters of computers connected to other local clusters of computers, creating a distributed computer with an aggregate power far greater than the individual components.
Imagine a group of computers at a specific site such as a neighborhood center all connected by a local area network. Then imagine, each group of computers in different neighborhoods connected to one another through Internet 2. Each of these neighborhood clusters then becomes a bright star in an Internet 2 created constellation.
These regional constellations may then spiral around a central nexus, the Telecom Center.
The central nexus provides over all control and management of the galaxy (the sum of the constellations), insuring access to distributed resources. These distributed resources may be data archives unique to a geographic location, computer processing power for applications exceeding the resources of a single neighborhood cluster or regional constellation, and support devices such as disk farms, high-yield printers, and interactive multimedia components such as virtual reality caves.
All of this is not fantasy, but is demonstrated daily in the scientific computing world by the Grid, a national collection of computer hardware at different University and Laboratory sites, all connected by Internet 2 and enabled with public domain software, and shared by the user community.
A scientist or engineer at one location may virtually acquire computational resources from other remote sites and execute their application on these shared resources. Further, the application may be developed to take specific advantage of the unique attributes of each computer resulting in an efficient and effective use of the computing resources.
However, in order for this system to work, a central facility must exist to broker resources and to provide guidelines for use and support of the infrastructure. In the Grid's case, this central facility is provided by Internet 2. In the context of Mississippi, this function may be provided by the Telecom Center.