NIST - Smart America Challenge Workshop
What would be possible if multiple cyber-physical system test beds encompassing different industry segments were interconnected via an industrial internet to demonstrate functionality greater than each individual part? The SmartAmerica Project is bringing together organizations with cyber-physical systems (CPS) technology, programs and test beds to demonstrate the potential to improve safety, sustainability, efficiency, mobility, and overall quality of life. The purpose is to elevate awareness of the exciting opportunities possible through CPS and demonstrate what can be done today with cutting edge communication technology. For example, an interconnected test bed could demonstrate how a mobile communication system for first responders is connected directly to hospitals to alert them of potential incoming casualties.

Successfully interconnecting different test beds requires a high confidence network, seamless connectivity on many levels, robust security in any communication mode, and the use of open easy-to-use data architecture. Actual test beds will help demonstrate the benefits and practical operational requirements of these interconnected disparate systems on a smaller scale and in real time – creating valuable experience and protocols for full-scale operation of such systems.
Timeline of SmartAmerica Challenge:
November 5 - Webinar...
November 25 - Invitation sent
December 12 - Workshop/brainstorming meeting at White House
December 2013 - March 2014 - Development and execution...
May 2014 - SmartAmerica Symposium

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