Albuquerque, UNM Forge Technology Agreement
Albuquerque -The City of Albuquerque and the University of New Mexico announce a joint partnership to fund, develop, and manage broadband initiatives aimed at expanding educational and economic opportunities for the community.
In a memorandum of agreement, the City and UNM pledged to work together on broadband projects that will:
Develop municipal and neighborhood broadband networks
Share intellectual resources for better community services and mobile application development
Create a more favorable economic climate through improved broadband access
"We are uniquely positioned as neighbors with the University of New Mexico to work jointly on numerous broadband projects and make Albuquerque even more economically attractive," Mayor Richard J. Berry said. "As a UNM alum, it is my pleasure to see the City working hand-in-hand with the state's flagship university on projects to improve services for our community."
Though this agreement, the City and UNM have several areas of opportunities that can improve the services delivered to area residents. Some of these opportunities include developing and supporting neighborhoods with access to fiber optics, collaborating on transparency and open-data initiatives, and provisioning high-speed Internet access to businesses that require research-quality networking.
Another potential project is to develop an application for mobile devices that would display real-time locations of City transit vehicles and UNM shuttle buses.
This agreement, finalized on Dec. 21, 2011, also allows the City of Albuquerque and the University of New Mexico to work together in areas that are not generally disclosed publicly. Those areas include discussions with private companies interested in relocating or expanding in Albuquerque, critical infrastructure works, and homeland security issues.