IoT News Roundup

Smart-city projects get leg-up from Obama Administration; standards body greenlights new cellular standard for Internet of Things; crowdfunding for IoT home-security device off to strong start.
By Mary Catherine O'Connor
Sep 25, 2015

White House Announces Funds for Raft of Smart-City Projects
Last week, the Obama Administration announced a wide-ranging list of smart-city research initiatives with $160 million in funding (a mix of new spending, grants and proposed investments) and 25 new technology collaborations aimed at helping communities improve traffic flow, reduce crime, conserve energy and improve city services. The initiatives will include creating Internet of Things testbeds and forming partnerships across government, private and academic entities.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is providing a $35 million grant, with funding spread across nine projects with a range of objectives, including bolstering cyber security and improving public health and safety. One grant recipient, US Ignite, a public-private partnership that has been fostering IoT-based smart-city applications since 2012, will launch projects in 15 U.S. communities with 1-gigabit-per-second Internet service, in an effort to leverage those robust infrastructures to evaluate smart-city applications.

The NSF will also award $3 million to the University of Chicago in order to grow the Array of Things project, on which the university is working with Argonne National Laboratory and a long list of technology providers to collect real-time data regarding the city's environment, infrastructure and activity, for both research and public use.

The U.S. Homeland Security and Transportation departments, as well as the Environmental Protection Agency, are undertaking smart-city projects as part of this large initiative as well.

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