An interactive map for simply and beautifully demonstrating the reach of Alberta's high-speed research and education network has been unveiled today.
The Google Map-based application is the first user-friendly and visually compelling network map in Canada. It pinpoints the K-12 and post-secondary schools, research institutes, and businesses in Alberta that are connected to the multi-gigabit-per-second network. The goal is to one day show the full use of CANARIE's National Research and Education Network, and its partner networks, across Canada.
The interactive platform is updated regularly and can show users' weekly network traffic, as well as the speed and capacity of the high-bandwidth pipes they connect to, including CyberaNet, CANARIE and the international system of high-speed research networks. The map was developed by Cybera, Alberta's not-for-profit technology agency, and Hookano, a Calgary-based joint venture, with funding support from CANARIE.
"Typical network maps only show static information, or technical information that is of little interest to the majority of network users," explains Jean-Francois Amiot, Cybera's Network and Operations Director. "With this new map, users can see exactly who they are connected to, how they are using those networks, and what the capacity is. It's the most accurate and interactive tool we've ever created.
"This project bridges technical information with aesthetics."
"Cybera's role is integral for delivering advanced, ultra-high speed connectivity to Alberta's research and education community," says Thomas Tam, CANARIE's Chief Engineer. "CANARIE is pleased to have provided support for this initiative that illustrates the broad reach of this connectivity in such a compelling way."
The powerful digital infrastructure highlighted in the map connects researchers, students and business incubators to international big data projects, cloud and data storage services, and fast-streaming videoconferencing tools. To find out more about Cybera's research network, and how to get connected, visit Cybera's network page.