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Todd Park: Firms, Universities Collaborate to Develop Cyber-Physical Emergency Response System

computer-technologyA group of private companies and universities has designed a technological framework that aims to link computational and physical tools for use in emergency response activities, Nextgov reported Wednesday.

Rebecca Carroll writes that business and academic organizations have partnered to create a smart emergency response system through a competition designed to spur research and development of cyber-physical systems.

“Cyber-physical systems are integrated hybrid networks of cyber and engineered physical elements,” said Todd Park, U.S. chief technology officer, according to NextGov.

“These cyber and physical elements come together like peanut butter and jelly to make a really tasty sandwich,” Park added.

Carroll writes the approach involves deploying sensors, humanoid robots, communication tools and search-and-rescue dogs in the event of a natural disaster to help save lives, according to Carroll’s article.

The smart emergency response system and 23 other cyber-physical systems were showcased at the recent Smart America Challenge Expo held in Washington.

“We believe that these 24 projects demonstrate that cyber-physical and Internet of things can provide concrete, significant, growing socioeconomic benefits that create jobs and business opportunities,” Park stated, according to NextGov.

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