What would be possible if multiple cyber-physical system test beds encompassing different industry segments were interconnected via an industrial internet to demonstrate functionality greater than each individual part? The SmartAmerica Project is bringing together organizations with cyber-physical systems (CPS) technology, programs and test beds to demonstrate the potential to improve safety, sustainability, efficiency, mobility, and overall quality of life. The purpose is to elevate awareness of the exciting opportunities possible through CPS and demonstrate what can be done today with cutting edge communication technology. For example, an interconnected test bed could demonstrate how a mobile communication system for first responders is connected directly to hospitals to alert them of potential incoming casualties.
Successfully interconnecting different test beds requires a high confidence network, seamless connectivity on many levels, robust security in any communication mode, and the use of open easy-to-use data architecture. Actual test beds will help demonstrate the benefits and practical operational requirements of these interconnected disparate systems on a smaller scale and in real time – creating valuable experience and protocols for full-scale operation of such systems.
How to Participate: Participants are encouraged but not required to submit a "one-page" description detailing their CPS test bed functions, capabilities, and protocols to help us in compiling an open information resource about the current test bed landscape. Inclusion of a scenario for a proposed interconnected set of disparate test beds along with potential benefits is also encouraged. Space is limited and participation is on a first-come, first-served basis. Those who can be accommodated in the limited space will be notified by November 25, 2013, and provided with additional meeting logistics. If you are interested in participating, please contact us at smartamerica [at] nist.gov (smartamerica[at]nist[dot]gov)