Cities Are Getting Smart, and Feds Can Help Make Them Smarter

Communities across the country may soon regulate traffic patterns, control garbage trucks and run the power grid using the internet of things, but when building “smart” systems, they often find themselves starting from scratch.

Federal agencies may be able to help.

Instead of forcing cities to reinvent the wheel with every new project, federal agencies can bring them to the table to share what works and what doesn’t work in areas like cybersecurity and privacy, said Sokwoo Rhee, the associate director of the cyber-physical program at the National Institute for Standards and Technology, in a conversation with Nextgov.

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Katie Easton