Browse NIST GCTC Blueprints (Global Cities Teams Challenge)

NIST GCTC Global Cities Teams Challenge

View or download the published NIST GCTC Blueprints for transportation, public safety, city data platform, utilities (energy, water, waste management,) and wireless/public WiFi. New blueprints will be added soon. Venture Smarter is happy to support several of the superclusters in 2018 in line with our mission of democratizing smart city planning. Participants of the 2018 Smart Infrastructure Challenge are encouraged to review the blueprints to support response and project plans.


This supercluster was formed and is managed by forward looking municipalities interested in preparing their infrastructure for new technologies that look set to provide better, more equitable services at lower cost. It explores the opportunities provided by first and last mile vehicles including shared, low speed and autonomous. It explores the opportunities for building vibrant communities around transfer points and mobility hubs and it addresses how these vehicles and hubs can play a role in the last mile delivery of packages and other freight. To support these opportunities the supercluster works with teams developing new and advanced transportation models and environmental sensors that allow both the prediction of probable outcomes and the measurement of actual outcomes of introducing these technologies. Finally, the supercluster works with teams implementing a smart citySDK to ensure the portability and interchangeability of solutions and propose regulatory and policy changes that support the safe deployment of these technologies.


Data SuperCluster aims to address critical issues on data platform, dashboards, data governance, and data exchange. In 2017, the cities of Kansas City, Missouri and Bellevue, Washington teamed with 20 other cities and several corporate partners including Cisco and XAQT to lead the GCTC City Platform Supercluster. The team believes that the heart of Smart City is data, and that technology can make a city cool, but data (its collection, analysis and integration into a decision support platform) makes it smart. The SuperCluster is seeking to discover the common set of things we all measure and understand how we can standardize that list. By agreeing on what we measure, all cities can then apply the data in a manner that allows each of us to address our unique challenges regardless of the size, governance or location of our municipality.

In 2018, the SuperCluster merged with Data governance and exchange SuperCluster to create Data SuperCluster. Data governance and exchange is one of the primary challenges to the deployment of smart cities technologies today. The data governance challenge has two main components. Many cities have successfully implemented data management and open data solutions for public data. But, there is not yet developed a comprehensive strategy for handling all of the data from thousands of IoT sensors available now and envisioned for the future. Cities are interested in IoT technology as a way to improve operations and the delivery of services. What is a standard, but flexible and customizable framework that will allow cities to use and exchange IoT data for public value while protecting public privacy and trust? GCTC’s Data governance and exchange SuperCluster aims to address the challenge of building a governance and exchange model for IoT data and a plan for governments to successfully customize and deploy it. The group will work to collect best practices and produce blueprints for data exchange and governance, as well as deployed proofs to share with other teams and stakeholders.


The Public Safety SuperCluster (PSSC) of the Global City Teams Challenge is a public-private partnership dedicated to identifying technologies, processes and strategies from among GCTC members to enhance public safety and resilience within smart connected communities, and improve the preparedness, response and recovery of modern society from the complex challenges, hazards and risks that threaten local and regional stability. The broad goal of the PSSC is to develop, integrate and pilot technology applications and test new operating procedures and employment methods in collaboration with first responders, public safety officials, and government agencies, to improve situational awareness before, during, and after an incident or civil emergency in order to protect human life, maintain community functions and infrastructure, and ensure public safety. Moreover, the PSSC aims to improve policies and procedures for integration of advanced communications methods and decision systems to enhance interagency planning and coordination of resources within smart and connected communities. The PSSC focuses specific attention on the integration of current and future Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to build resilience and sustainability into the technology ecosystem that comprises smart, connected communities. The PSSC was launched in 2016 by GCTC member communities engaged in developing public-safety focused technologies, and is currently open to membership by all communities, private sector enterprises, non-governmental organizations, and government agencies (at all levels), who share an interest in addressing current and future challenges in public safety, disaster preparedness, and community resilience through the development and integration of advanced technologies.


The GCTC Utility SuperCluster purpose is to address leading sustainability issues in cities for Energy, Water and Waste by bringing cities and counties together in the United States and around the world with academia and technology partners to demonstrate real world class examples and best practices. The SuperCluster is managed in three groups with each group managed with its own working group chair. Each Energy, Water and Waste working group is responsible for managing active projects with a common goal to develop a common blueprint. The blueprint will represent best practices and serve as a practical guide for the implementation IoT technologies/ Objectives for the Utility SuperCluster include: • Reduce water lost through leaks in water transmission and distribution utility infrastructure • Increase water revenues with new and innovative metering technologies • Increase water conservation adoption with weather analytics bases solutions • Address city resilience needs with a focus on energy • Develop and implement new strategies for zero waste • Make it easy for cities to have access to public private partners funding models and government grant information


The GCTC Wireless SuperCluster is focused on development of best practices for the deployment of wireless systems. Wireless networks can be a tool for economic development, a lever for tackling the digital divide and homework gap, as a core infrastructure in IoT networks, and supporting smart city applications such as public safety, energy, lighting, transportation, and more. The success or failure of wireless network deployments often hinges on a variety of factors and tradeoffs between public policy, physics, and economics. As a result, many municipalities have struggled to deploy and sustain these systems. The Wireless SuperCluster will address these issues by focusing annually on vertical segments within the wider wireless ecosystem, conduct analysis aimed at uncovering the best practices for successful deployments, and producing blueprints based upon that informed analysis. These analyses will be conducted in the form of interviews, workshops, and reviewed case studies. Our current roadmap for the Wireless SuperCluster is: • 2017: Public Wi-Fi (Completed - Download The Blueprint above) • 2018: Internet of Things • 2019: Wireless Fiber Alternatives • 2020: 5G