To encourage collaboration on smart city issues from disaster response to energy management to mass transit improvement, the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will bring together communities with challenges and innovators with the technology to overcome them.
The goal of the challenge is to help communities and businesses connect to improve resource management and quality of life by using effective networking of computer systems and physical devices, often called the Internet of Things (IoT) or cyber physical systems. NIST is inviting representatives from both industry and local governments to join an initial teambuilding workshop November 12-13, 2015, at NIST's Gaithersburg, Md., campus.
To support the challenge, NIST has teamed with US Ignite, a nonprofit focused on the creation of next-generation Internet applications that provide transformative public benefit. Partners in the challenge will include the National Science Foundation; the International Trade Administration, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the U.S. Department of State; the private sector's IBM and AT&T; nonprofits WeGO, FIWARE and the Industrial Internet Consortium; and the governments of Netherlands and South Korea. Other participating members include Intel, Qualcomm, Bosch, Siemens, CH2HL, Mathworks, Pecan Street, Inc., Yet Analytics, MIT, Vanderbilt, UT Dallas, University of North Texas, and Ohio State University.