Press Release for Monday, May 16, 2005

UNF Researchers Now in the Fast Lane

Contact Sharon Ashton
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2115

The University of North Florida has joined Florida LambdaRail, Inc., a consortium of leading higher education institutions leasing a high-bandwidth network. By joining this consortium, researchers and scientists at UNF now have 22 times the capacity to transmit and receive data. Florida LambdaRail is part of National LambdaRail, which allows UNF to transmit massive amounts of information across the country with greatly expanded capacity and without delays.

“This is the equivalent of going from a two lane dirt road to a bullet train,” said UNF President John Delaney. “It opens up a whole new world to our faculty and students engaged in research.”

Researchers currently involved in projects at UNF are seeing the benefits immediately. Faculty and students involved in research that will eventually allow forecasters to predict neighborhood weather are now able to exchange huge amounts of data quickly and easily. Being a part of LambdaRail also allows UNF to compete for new research opportunities that wouldn’t have been possible without this capability.

UNF joins other major institutions in the state, such as Florida, Florida State and the University of Miami, in the consortium.

LambdaRail is a not-for-profit limited liability corporation created after numerous universities across the country expressed concerns about the limitations of research because of limited bandwidth. Florida LambdaRail is constructed from leased fiber-optic lines.

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