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.
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 solutions using advanced technologies such as IoT and CPS, and demonstrate their measurable benefits in communities and 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 and communities. It enables local governments, nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, technologists, and private corporations from all over the world to form project teams, or “action clusters,” and “SuperClusters,” to work on groundbreaking Internet of Things (IoT) applications within the smart city and community environment.
NIST, along with its partners, acts as a “matchmaker”—facilitating, advising, encouraging, nurturing, and publicizing the action clusters and their projects. Since the program 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: GCTC Expo 2017, August 28-29, 2017
The Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) Expo 2017 will bring together over 100 cities and communities around the world in partnership with more than 300 companies, universities, non-profits, and federal government agencies to share and exhibit their smart city projects and the impacts to their communities. SuperClusters will announce smart city blueprints that document real-world examples and best practices among smart city plans and solutions gleaned from cities around the world. The agenda will include federal keynotes, mayors and county executives keynote panel, and nearly 100 action clusters will demonstrate and present tangible, multi-city project deployment examples.
Further Information and How to Get Involved
- For additional information on the GCTC program, please visit the NIST GCTC site (https://pages.nist.gov/GCTC/.)
- There is still time to register a new team in the GCTC 2017 and exhibit/present at the Expo. For details on how to participate, see the GCTC Participation Guide (https://pages.nist.gov/GCTC/about/participation-guide/.)
- For further information, contact Dr. Sokwoo Rhee (firstname.lastname@example.org), Associate Director, Cyber-Physical Systems Program.