White House Pledges $160 Million to Support Smart City Research and Development
The Obama Administration on Sept. 14 announced a new “Smart Cities” Initiative that will invest over $160 million in federal research and leverage more than 25 new technology collaborations to help local communities tackle key challenges such as reducing traffic congestion, fighting crime, fostering economic growth, managing the effects of a changing climate, and improving the delivery of city services.
As part of the initiative, the White House promised nearly $70 million in new spending and over $45 million in proposed investments to unlock new solutions in safety, energy, climate preparedness, transportation, health and more. Additionally, the The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced plans to invest $50 million over five years to develop cutting-edge emergency response technologies for Smart Cities.
“Through theNext Generation First Responder Apex Program, the DHS Science and Technology Directorate is developing and integrating innovative technologies to ensure first responders are protected, connected, and fully aware – helping to better prepare them for threats and disasters of all sizes,” The White House said. “As part of this effort, DHS is also collaborating with NIST to leverage Smart Cities data, analytics, and predictive modeling to give responders the right information at the right time, increasing responder operational efficiency and safety.”
Additionally, $2.5 million in new research funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) will support improvements in the design and operation of interdependent critical infrastructure, such as electrical power and transportation systems, ensuring they are resilient to disruptions and failures from any cause, the Administration said.