NIST, DHS Join Forces to Create Cybersecure Communities Around the Globe

NIST, DHS Join Forces to Create Cybersecure Communities Around the Globe

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will jointly sponsor the 2018 Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC), which will focus on designed-in cybersecurity for "smart city" systems that are more secure, reliable, resilient and protective of privacy. This GCTC overall goal will remain the same—to help more communities and companies partner for mutual benefit.

Solar-powered mobile clinic to be featured at international expo on smart technology

Solar-powered mobile clinic to be featured at international expo on smart technology

The Clemson University Sullivan Center mobile health clinic will be a centerpiece at this year's GCTC Expo. The mobile clinic is fully powered by solar, which eliminates the noise and fumes from a diesel generator, and decreases operation and maintenance costs. The clinic can accommodate up to 20 people.

1st national group from Taiwan set for global smart city expo

1st national group from Taiwan set for global smart city expo

The GCTC will host a Taiwan pavilion, comprised of officials from six special municipalities including: Kaohsiung, New Taipei, Taichung, Tainan, Taipei and Taoyuan cities in Taiwan proper, as well as outlying Penghu County. These municipalities will be joined by private sector partners. This is the first national group from Taiwan to take part in the GCTC in Washington. Participation in the GCTC aligns with Taiwan's efforts to promote advances in smart city development by the local public sector.

GCTC Expo Preview Part III: Deputy Assistant Secretaries from DOC, DOD, DOE to speak. Mayor Pugh of Baltimore joins the panel (Reg closes on 8/23)

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The GCTC Expo will feature four additional, prominent speakers, including: Catherine Pugh, Mayor of Baltimore, Maryland; Ian Steff, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing, U.S. Department of Commerce; Richard G. Kidd IV, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army, U.S. Department of Defense; and Kathleen Hogan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency, U.S. Department of Energy. In addition, three new partner workshops by the NTIA, ITA, and City Performance Indicator Research Group, have been announced.

Global City Teams Challenge Expo 2017

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The Global City Teams Challenge Expo purpose, speaker list, agenda, and other information is highlighted in this Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Blog post. The goal of the CCC is to "catalyze the computing research community to debate longer range, more audacious research challenges; to build consensus around research visions; to evolve the most promising visions toward clearly defined initiatives; and to work with the funding organizations to move challenges and visions toward funding initiatives."

Global City Teams Challenge Expo, Aug 28-29, 2017 in Washington DC - Join us for IoT, AI, Vehicles, Drones, and Cybersecurity for Smart Communities

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On August 28-29, thousands of smart city and Internet of Things (IoT) stakeholders, including local and federal government officials, industry experts, and academic researchers, will gather at Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington DC to join National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)'s 2017 Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) Expo, the largest smart city/community and IoT event hosted by the US federal government.

Global City Teams Challenge Expo Update Part I - Mayors and Speakers

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Mayor Roy Buol of the City of Dubuque, Iowa will join the Mayors keynote panel at the upcoming 2017 GCTC Expo. In addition, the GCTC Expo will host speakers from U.S. federal, local, and international governments, which are listed in this article.

GCTC Expo Preview Part II - Amazon, Motorola, Verizon Execs and Industry Leaders to Join with Vehicles, Drones, and AI Disaster Response Platform.

Global City Team Challenge Expo 2017 city image

The 2017 GCTC Expo will feature industry leaders on Internet of Things (IoT) and smart cities, including: David McCann, VP of AWS Marketplace at Amazon; Kreg Christoff, VP of Utility at Motorola Solutions; and Sean Harrington, VP of City Solutions at Verizon. Additional speakers from industry are also listed in this article.

Building Smart Cities


This interview describes the technical and economic benefits of developing smart cities, along with the advantages of leveraging common solutions and investments through NIST’s Global City Teams Challenge.

Modern Interconnectedness Demands Regional Solutions

Jon Walton, CIO, San Mateo County
Jon Walton, CIO, San Mateo County

Examples from San Mateo County illustrate how local governments can facilitate the development of widespread, high-speed internet connectivity to serve their communities more effectively and efficiently. The county established a public Wi-Fi system in 2015 and is currently building multi-jurisdictional fiber optic network.

University of North Texas: Drone providing cell phone service takes first flight

University of North Texas Campus
University of North Texas Campus

Researchers at the University of North Texas and other organizations completed a successful field test of a drone that provides cell phone service. Potential benefits of this research could enable emergency workers to remain in contact during emergency response situations that disable conventional communications systems.

As Global City Teams Challenge expo approaches, smart cities reflect on evolving maturity

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology's Global City Teams Challenge is helping over 150 cities and 400 companies and organizations collaborate to develop and test smart city solutions. Cities aspiring to be smart can learn from one another through this forum, creating a foundation for growth.

FIWARE GCTC Pilot Trials

GCTC Pilot Trials

Building upon NIST's GCTC, FIWARE is launching its GCTC Pilot Trials Challenge 2017, a competition to achieve cross-border cooperation in deploying groundbreaking solutions based on FIWARE technology. FIWARE is looking for entities that are looking for support to implement their SmartCity solution. Read about how to participate, what is expected, when submissions are due, and what awards and prizes can be won.

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