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WiNEST Overview

WiNEST provides new and unique opportunities for experimentation across client devices, edge devices and in-network compute resources in a large, city-wide geographical area typical to a mobile network operator or wireless ISP. In cooperation with our industry partner, 5Nines Data, we expect to cover a large area across the city of Madison.

WiNEST Architecture

WiNEST Architecture


Madison 4g Experimental Coverage

WiNest is focused on building infrastructure to provide computing resources in the Madison area. In the above map, this displays the current predicted 4G coverage with our current deployments. The management of the base stations is done in conjunction with 5nines LLC. Using the 4G coverage, we are able to deploy fixed ParaDrop compute resources around the city. These compute resources are highly flexible and programmable for supporting research in many disciplines. With fixed resources located around State Street and the capitol areas, there are opportunities experimentation in a real world scenario. Further deployments currently underway are wireless resources and compute resources along Park Street.

Wireless Resources In Progress

Park St. Locations

To provide high speed and low latency to each of the computing resources, we are deploying LTE to South Park St. The map below identifies potential locations identified where power and network connectivity are present in the city. We are planning to install 25-30 LTE pico cells in total for full low-latency, high bandwidth up and down the street.

We intend to have wireless resources in research vehicles along this route to test various driving scenarios. With ParaDrop in the Innova Urban Electric Vehicles, we will have hotspots for the occupants to be able to test applications in mobile environments with local computing resources located inside the vehicle. In addition to the UEV, ParaDrop resources will be located in Madison Metro city buses throughout the city.

Weekday Map

How to access ParaDrop gateways in the WiNEST infrastructure

Here we will cover the basic idea of how to access ParaDrop resources.
  • Step 1
  • Step 2
    • Get a router claim number(s) by emailing
      • Please include your intended purpose so we may assign you a proper resource(s)!
  • Step 3
    • Claim your resource(s) by putting in the claim number at the bottom of the routers page on
  • Step 4
    • Deploy a chute (ParaDrop Application) to your resource(s).
      • Public Chutes
        • Under the Chutes tab of, you are able to deploy a chute simply by clicking on it to bring you to the page specific for the chute.
        • Chute Details
        • When you click on install, you simply select which ParaDrop resources you wish to deploy to. (The resources highlighted in blue are selected in the example)
        • ParaDrop Select Resources
      • User created chutes
        • If you are a developer, I’d encourage you to look at our ParaDrop tutorial we run multiple times a year!

ParaDrop Developer Workflow