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DHS, NIST to Sponsor Smart City Cybersecurity Challenge

The National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Department of Homeland Security will sponsor a challenge that will urge participants to design smart city technologies with cybersecurity as the top priority.

NIST said Thursday the 2018 Global City Teams Challenge, called “Smart and Secure Cities and Communities Challenge,” will forge collaborations between volunteer cities and companies to incorporate cybersecurity into smart city tools.

GCTC was launched in 2014 to help communities and innovators work together on smart city initiatives that are intended to optimize mass transit, energy management and disaster response, among others.

AT&T, Verizon and Motorola Solutions have confirmed their participation in the 2017 challenge.

NIST and DHS will host the 2017 GCTC Expo in Washington, D.C. on Aug. 28 and 29 to give more than 100 global teams the opportunity to showcase their smart city projects.

The expo will feature pavilions on transportation, public safety, utilities, city data platform and public WiFi/broadband, with international participants from Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Nigeria, Portugal, Taiwan and U.K.

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