NIST challenge brings public and private innovators together

Wed, 2014-08-13 06:00 -- SCC Staff

A year-long Global City Teams Challenge announced by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and IBM, among other partners, will help communities around the world work together to address common issues -- from air quality to traffic management to emergency services coordination.

“Many established cities have similar goals of improving air quality or delivering better health care -- and emerging regions want to be smart from the start. But those projects often address only one city or region at a time,” said Chris Greer, director of NIST’s Smart Grid and Cyber-Physical Systems Program Office.

“The Global City Teams Challenge will help communities around the world work together on shared challenges. They will identify standards and measurements to guide technology innovators in creating solutions that can work anywhere and lay the groundwork for a future of smarter cities.”

Greer added that the challenge presents a good opportunity for public chief technology officers and private industry innovators to come together. Participating will help cities and innovators use Internet of Things and and cyber physical systems (CPS) concepts in ways that improve quality of life in urban centers and also bring improvements to agriculture, manufacturing, transportation and more.

NIST cited Council Lead Partner IBM's work with the city of Honolulu to provide transparent access to city data, encouraging better government-public dialog, as an example of a smart city project.

The challenge kicks off Sep. 29-30 with a two-day workshop at NIST’s Gaithersburg, Md., campus that will bring together city planners and representatives from technology companies, academic institutions and nonprofits. The challenge is open to participants around the world, and international representatives will be able to participate in the kick-off meeting via webcast.  There is no workshop fee; you can register here or click for additional details about the challenge.

NIST is an arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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