Smart and Connected Communities Framework

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Smart and Connected Communities Framework

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This framework is to help coordinate Federal agency investments and outside collaborations that will guide foundational research and accelerate the transition into scalable and replicable Smart City approaches. The NITRD Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) Interagency Working Group (IWG) developed this framework of Federal Smart Cities activities to include the entire pipeline from research and development to deployment of new tech-driven approaches in cities; and is working to include agency-specific goals and is beginning to plan next steps for Federal action. We welcome contributors to this framework document even if you are not NITRD member agency. This is not just for research agencies – this framework will support ongoing coordination across agencies advancing agency mission goals, provide opportunities to leverage IT in cities and communities, and engage stakeholders to deploy technologies in cities to meet pressing challenges.

Vision and Actions to be taken

This framework outlines a vision and an approach agencies can use to move forward together in pursuing a vision of smart and connected communities. Activities within the framework include the entire pipeline from research and development to deployment of new tech-driven services and infrastructure in cities. The success of the framework requires federal interagency coordination, cooperation with external stakeholders, and next steps planning for Federal action.



As the result of coordinated Federal action and partnerships with industry, academia, and other government entities, communities in all settings and at all scales have access to advanced cyber-physical systems/Internet of Things technologies and services to enhance the sustainability and quality of life, improved health and safety, and economic prosperity for their residents.


The Cyber-Physical Systems Senior Steering Group (CPS-SSG) will work to coordinate efforts among Federal agency and with public-private partnerships for smart and connected communities. The relevant agency activities include: ↑ top


The goals of the participating agencies under this framework include:

The agencies will consider how to create new and enhance existing connections, for example:

The outcomes of activities inspired by the framework include:

The benefits to communities from activities enabled by the framework include:

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Department of Energy (DOE)/Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability(OE)

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Department of Transportation (DOT) Through research and deployment of innovative transportation technologies, drive advances in how we move better:

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National Institute of Food and agriculture (NIFA)

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National Institutes of Health (NIH)

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National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

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National Science Foundation (NSF)

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

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Page updated: November 25, 2015