Novus Innovation Corridor is a public/private real estate project totalling 355 acres and 10 million square feet of mixed use propterties. This transformative development is redfining how academic institutions will create spaces for people to live, work and play in a university setting. 

Novus will generate data at every stage of the process from planning and building to use. The Data Exchange project explores how large scale real estate initiatives can create "future-proof" digital infrastrucutre to support use cases both known and unknown.   


With NOVUS there is an opportunity to reinvent how data is secured, stored and shared. The NOVUS team wanted to streamline innovation and the ability to power new solutions like parking and traffic management that require data to work. With one central data exchange, data for the planning, building and operations of infrastructure could be stored in the same location. People looking for data would be able to see the complete inventory of existing data and  have a clear process to request access.    


The NOVUS approach creates a data exchange housed in the cloud. A data exchange is one repository that allows multiple data owners to store data in the same location while retaining control over who accesses and uses the data sets. Housing the data in one location makes it easy to see the complete inventory of available data, to access the data and to layer on analytics and applications.  

Supporting Artifacts

The Amazon Working Backwards process produces three artifacts - a Press Release, a list of Frequently Asked Questions, and a Visual depiction of the user experience. You can find the NOVUS artifacts here:

Next Steps

The ASU NOVUS Data Exchange is currently under development will be launched soon.

About the ASU CIC

The ASU Smart Cities Cloud Innovation Center (CIC) is a strategic relationship with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and is supported by AWS on ASU’s Innovation campus - SkySong. The mission of the CIC is to drive Innovation Challenges that materially benefit the greater Phoenix metro area and beyond. The CIC will do this by solving pressing community and regional challenges, using shareable and repeatable technology solutions from ideation through prototype, as a service for the greater human good.

The CIC also provides real-world problem-solving experiences to students by immersing them in the application of proven innovation methods in combination with the latest technologies to solve important challenges in the public sector. 

The challenges being addressed cover a wide variety of topics including homelessness, water conservation, vandalism, pedestrian safety, digital service delivery and many others. The CIC leverages the deep subject matter expertise of government, education and non-profit organizations to clearly understand the customers affected by public sector challenges and develops solutions that meet the customer needs.

For more information on the ASU CIC, to read about projects or to submit a challenge, please visit