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NIST and ITA Present Opportunities for Smart City Tech Partnerships in ASEAN Region

NIST and ITA Present Opportunities for Smart City Tech Partnerships in ASEAN Region

At the World Cities Summit in Singapore, July 31-August 3, 2022, NIST's Michael Dunaway presented the Framework for Key Performance Indicators for Smart Cities and Communities in NIST Special Publication 1900-206. The Framework is a measurement methodology for assessing the direct and indirect benefits of smart city technologies. The methodology enables the integration, adaptability, and extension of three interacting levels of analysis: technologies, infrastructure services, and community benefits. The presentation was part of the Summit's focus on smart cities, sustainable infrastructure, the circular economy, cybersecurity, and digital transformation.

Dunaway was a member of the U.S. delegation, which included representatives from the Department of Commerce's NIST, International Trade Administration (ITA), and U.S. Trade Representatives, in addition to eight other U.S. agencies and the American Chamber of Commerce. The delegation sought to advance the U.S.-Singapore Partnership for Growth and Innovation signed by Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo and Singapore Minister for Trade Gan Kim Yong in October 2021. The delegation's activities included supporting the U.S.-Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Smart City Partnership, which involved the following:

  • Conducting a workshop on smart cities for over 120 members of the S.-ASEAN Smart City Partnership
  • Engaging over 30 U.S. businesses and organizations involved in smart city initiatives and technology development in the ASEAN region and seeking ways to expand their efforts
  • Planning with ASEAN counterparts for a smart cities/communities cybersecurity conference to be held in April 2023 in California as part of the ASEAN Secure Smart Cities Exchange

Additionally, Singapore's InfoComm Media Development Authority and its National Research Foundation Singapore expressed interest in collaborating with NIST on artificial intelligence governance, quantum computing, cybersecurity, and smart city technologies.

Released September 1, 2022, Updated January 5, 2023