Building A Smarter America


You’re late for a meeting. You hop in your car, type your destination into the GPS, and select “Fastest Route” to avoid getting stuck in traffic. Your device’s ability to provide an alternate route is an example of a Cyber-Physical System. Cyber-Physical Systems (“CPS”) — sometimes referred to as the Internet of Things (“IoT”) — involves connecting smart devices and systems in diverse sectors like transportation, energy, manufacturing, and healthcare in fundamentally new ways. The significant investments in CPS/IoT made by both the government and private sector have enabled creation of many new technologies and examples. While these systems can greatly improve the way we live and work, there is still a gap between research and development and across-the-board adoption of CPS/IoT in our daily life.

Search Dog

Cyber-Physical Systems can help search dogs by using GPS and other technology.

The Presidential Innovation Fellows launched the SmartAmerica Challenge in December 2013 to unleash the amazing value of these systems by demonstrating their real world benefits, including creating new jobs and business opportunities, improving the economy, and improving and saving lives. The SmartAmerica Challenge is a public-private partnership that aims to create and grow an on-going thriving community of CPS/IoT researchers and practitioners.

Americans will get a firsthand look at SmartAmerica projects at the SmartAmerica Expo on June 11 at the Washington, DC Convention Center. Teams made up of more than 100 companies, universities, and government agencies will demonstrate robotics, driverless vehicles, unmanned aerial vehicles, search dogs, 3D printing, security technology, health care systems, emergency response systems, advanced vehicle communications, and more.

Registration for the event is free and open to the public, and is on a first-come-first-served basis. To register, visit SmartAmerica Expo Challenge.

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