NIST, Partners Kick Off Global City Teams Challenge; Chris Greer Comments

computer-technologyThe National Institute of Standards and Technology has commenced a challenge for communities worldwide to collaborate to address issues such as air quality, traffic management and emergency services.

Participants in the Global City Teams Challenge, set to begin on Sep. 29 through 30, will work to form teams to develop technologies for managing resources, the NIST said Aug. 5.

Chris Greer, director of NIST’s smart grid and cyber-physical systems program office, said the challenge aims to help communities “identify standards and measurements to guide technology innovators in creating solutions that can work anywhere and lay the groundwork for a future of smarter cities.”

NIST has tapped US Ignite to host the website, where communities and innovators would sign up to create the smart cities teams.

The Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration will also work with U.S. companies to export their products or services overseas, expand their customer base and connecting participants with government officials worldwide.

NIST’s partners for the challenge are the National Science Foundation, Transportation and Health and Human Services Departments, Intel, IBM, Juniper Networks, Extreme Networks and ARM Holdings.

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