Internet of Things (IoT) and Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) involve connecting smart devices and systems—in diverse sectors such as transportation, energy, manufacturing, and healthcare—in fundamentally new ways. These technologies will enable cities and communities to improve services, promote economic growth, and enhance the quality of life. With 54 percent of the world's population now living in cities, the development of "smart cities" and "smart communities" is becoming a major focus around the globe.
Because many of today's smart city/community development efforts are isolated and customized projects, NIST, along launched the Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) to encourage collaboration and the development of standards. GCTC’s long-term goal is "to establish and demonstrate replicable, scalable, and sustainable models for incubation and deployment of interoperable, standard-based IoT solutions and demonstrate their measurable benefits in Smart Communities/Cities." To put it simply, this program will help communities benefit from the experience of others to improve efficiency and lower costs.
The GCTC program is a collaborative platform for the development of smart cities. It enables local governments, nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, technologists, and private corporations from all over the world to form project teams, or “action clusters,” to work on groundbreaking Internet of Things (IoT) applications within the smart city environment.
NIST, along with its partners, acts as a “matchmaker”—facilitating, advising, encouraging, nurturing, and publicizing the action clusters and their projects. Since the programs launched in September 2014, GCTC has recruited and incubated over 160 action clusters with participation from over 150 cities and 400 companies/organizations from around the world.
Upcoming Event: SuperCluster Kickoff, October 25-26, 2016
The GCTC program is launching a new phase with the SuperCluster Kickoff Event, to be held in Washington, D.C., on October 25-26, 2016. This new stage will emphasize the critical importance of collaboration by encouraging the development of multi-city, multi-stakeholder deployments of smart city projects in sectors such as transportation, public safety, and energy. Examples of grand challenges to be tackled include multi-city resilience to large-scale natural disasters, intelligent transportation systems that work in any city, and regional air quality improvements through coordinated local action.
The formation of these multi-team SuperClusters will enable existing GCTC teams to work together. The result will be an increased coordination of scalable, replicable, and interoperable projects for any city—the touchstones of the GCTC initiative—and the creation of the economies of scale that will provide benefits to all communities.
The GCTC Expo in June/July 2017 will feature SuperClusters with tangible, multi-city project deployments.
Further Information and How to Get Involved
- For additional information on the GCTC program, please visit the US Ignite website (www.globalcityteams.org.)
- There is still time to register and participate in the GCTC 2016 Challenge. For details on how to participate, see the GCTC Participation Guide
- For further information, contact Dr. Sokwoo Rhee (email@example.com), Associate Director, Cyber-Physical Systems Program.