Global City Teams Challenge Smart Agriculture and Rural SuperCluster Workshop Report 2020
Sokwoo Rhee, Dennis Buckmaster, Jean Rice, Josh Seidemann, Mo Shakouri, Robert Tse, Hongwei Zhang
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) established the Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) for communities across the world to use as collaboration platform in their pursuit of deploying Internet of Things (IoT) and Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) to improve the quality of life for residents. The GCTC's overarching goals are to enable standardization and interoperability for these IoT and CPS, and to make them scalable and replicable for the widest possible use. The Smart Agriculture and Rural SuperCluster is part of this GCTC effort. On February 19, 2020, this SuperCluster conducted a workshop in Phoenix, Arizona to further refine its blueprint for smart agriculture and rural areas. The workshop ultimately sought to develop a consensus-based smart cities and communities framework and best practices, which could subsequently inform widespread smart agriculture and rural initiatives. The workshop included five panels, which addressed the following topics: connecting rural places to broadband; smart agriculture; funding and financing; farm field mapping; and improving rural outcomes with broadband access. In each area, experts provided wide-ranging perspectives. Workshop participants then divided into three groups to discuss challenges for the following areas: smart agriculture, farm field mapping, and improving rural outcomes with broadband access. Spokespersons for each group reported the results to all workshop participants in a plenary session and for possible inclusion in the blueprint and framework.