The community of the future will solve problems using machines linked and coordinated by Internet-style networks. For a glimpse of this exciting future as it arrives, visit the Global Cities Teams Challenge Expo on June 1, 2015, at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.
The Expo, sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and US Ignite, will showcase more than 65 "smart cities" projects that are poised to be deployed this year in communities around the world. Each is a collaborative effort between businesses, university researchers and communities to harness Internet of Things technologies in ways that address needs of the world's rapidly urbanizing population.
The projects will demonstrate how connecting smart devices and systems—in sectors such as energy, health care, education, disaster response and transportation—will enable communities to improve services, promote economic growth and enhance their citizens' quality of life. Presentations will include smart water-leak detection and public lighting control systems in Los Angeles, Calif.; driverless campus shuttles for Greenville, S.C.; and a gunshot-sensing safety network for a middle school in Ammon, Idaho.
Among the high-level national and international leaders who are scheduled to appear are the king and queen of the Netherlands, who will visit the Expo in the early afternoon. Several of the projects involve companies and communities in the Netherlands, which has long focused on sustainable urban design and finding clever solutions to water- and energy-related problems.
Keynote speakers will be U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx; Tom Kalil, Deputy Director for Technology and Innovation at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; and NIST Director Willie May, Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology.
Details, including an agenda and a link for the registration (which is free), are available on the US Ignite website at https://www.us-ignite.org.