Central Iowa

Wireless Living Lab for Smart and Connected Rural Communities

ARA has launched! View the September 6 announcement and stay tuned for more details.

ARA will establish its wireless living lab across Iowa State University, the city of Ames, and surrounding farms and rural communities in Central Iowa. Creating a deeply programmable infrastructure, ARA will feature a wide range of wireless technologies as well as an application focus on precision agriculture in both crop and livestock farms.

ARA Interactive Coverage Area Map – Click icon at top left for details


ARA is based out of Iowa State University where a team of researchers including students will work in close collaboration with state, community, and industry partners. Select partners include the Iowa Communications Network (ICN), Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT), Iowa Statewide Interoperable Communications System (ISICS), Iowa Regional Utilities Association (IRUA), Iowa Communications Alliance, city of Ames, Story County, local school districts, Meskwaki Tribal Nation, Woodland Farms, U.S. Cellular, Collins Aerospace, and John Deere. Researchers from the University of California, Irvine, Ohio State University, and International Computer Science Institute are also key members of the project team.

Click here to visit the ARA website.

Click to view a video of the ARA selection event.

ARA is part of the National Science Foundation’s PAWR program, and is funded in part by NSF, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), and by the PAWR Industry Consortium