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Smart America Challenge

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.

How to Participate: Participants are encouraged but not required to submit a “one-page” description detailing their CPS test bed functions, capabilities, and protocols to help us in compiling an open information resource about the current test bed landscape. Inclusion of a scenario for a proposed interconnected set of disparate test beds along with potential benefits is also encouraged. Space is limited and participation is on a first-come, first-served basis. Those who can be accommodated in the limited space will be notified by November 25, 2013, and provided with additional meeting logistics. If you are interested in participating, please contact us at smartamerica@nist.gov


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December 2013 Workshop

Hosted by the White House Presidential Innovation Fellows with assistance from NIST
The White House Complex
Washington, DC

Who should attend:

CPS test bed designers, operators and researchers; CPS experts and system builders; academic and commercial researchers; CPS suppliers/users.

Benefits of attending:

  • Take part in an important White House Challenge event
  • Interact with high-level decision makers and thought leaders  on revolutionary concepts
  • Be a voice in the future design of smart systems applications
  • Take advantage of opportunities to grow American business and create jobs via smart technology and products
  • Become part of a strong, growing community of interest
  • Gather ideas for improving your own test bed efforts

Your contribution is important

Help to demonstrate and guide future concepts for smart infrastructure, services, transportation, energy, manufacturing, and healthcare.



Geoff Mulligan
Presidential Innovation Fellow

Sokwoo Rhee
Presidential Innovation Fellow

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