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. NIST can play an important role in this overall effort.
Because many of today's smart city/community development efforts are isolated and customized projects, NIST 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.
The 2018 Global City Teams Challenge—co-hosted by NIST and the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T)—is called the Smart and Secure Cities and Communities Challenge (SC3). Organizers are encouraging participating GCTC teams—ongoing action clusters and SuperClusters, as well as newly formed action clusters—to focus on cybersecurity and privacy as a first-order concern, along with existing GCTC goals of replicability, scalability, and sustainability. The most recent GCTC event was the GCTC-SC3 Tech Jam in Portland, Oregon.
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 2018 Challenge, the Smart and Secure Cities and Communities Challenge (GCTC-SC3). 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 Innovation.