Researchers are testing a next-generation Internet architecture,  the eXpressive Internet Architecture (XIA),  that enables the network to directly access content where it is most accessible, not necessarily on a host website, and includes intrinsic security features. XIA is designed to evolve with the Internet, say the researchers, and can be deployed piecemeal.

Plans are underway to deploy XIA in a network in and around the CMU campus, or possibly piggybacking atop Downtown Pittsburgh’s free Wi-Fi network, that would enable vehicles to share information about road and traffic conditions and to enable occupants to access the Internet.

The National Science Foundation provided a two-year, $5 million award for the multi-institutional project, which includes researchers from Boston University, Carnegie Mellon University, and University of Wisconsin/Madison. Pittsburgh’s free Wi-Fi network.

[Image courtesy: Carnegie Mellon University]