UALR leaders announce the opening of a $5 million technology center. (Marlisa Goldsmith, THV 11)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is opening a new $5 million technology center with 3D video capability that can provide vivid illustrations to projects under development.
Gov. Mike Beebe and UALR Chancellor Joel Anderson announced the opening of the custom-designed center on Monday.
The new UALR George W. Donaghey Emerging Analytics Center features data visualization systems that give students, faculty and various partners the ability to physically see and virtually touch different data applications on a screen right in front of them.
"What we're showing you right now really only scratches the surface of everything that this system can do," said Grant Tennille, the executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.
These systems, including the EmergiFLEX and Mobile EmergiFLEX systems were custom designed and built for UALR. The center is in the process of collecting pools of data that will be converted to information-to help professionals in various industries. As of now, UALR is a major competitor in the realm of data analysis and is on the verge of leading the world from a technilogical standpoint.
"Kind of mind boggling that technology has gone that far. And I think all Arkansans ought to be proud that the first place it is in the world is right here," said Gov. Beebe.