To support the advancement and efficiency of smart cities, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) encourages relevant stakeholders to respond to the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) call for comments on its new strategy for its Global Community Technology Challenge (GCTC), a U.S. smart cities and communities program.
Led by the Smart Connected Systems Division of NIST, GCTC was formed in 2014 with the goal of improving the urban environment through the integration of digital technologies. It is a partnership between cities and communities, local and state government agencies, business enterprises, non-governmental organizations, universities, and research institutes. As NIST reports, the program strives to create an environment in which communities can benefit from working with others to improve efficiency and lower costs.
The GCTC recently published its Strategic Plan (2024-2026), which “identifies a three-year program of research and development and reaffirms a continuing collaboration between the federal smart cities program led by NIST and communities, cities, and regions across the country,” NIST reports. Furthermore, the strategic plan is built on three key goals:
NIST is accepting public comment on the new strategy through February 29. The Institute will review all stakeholder comments, with a final version of the document expected to be published in Spring 2024.