The National Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program issued has issued new guidance to federal agencies on Smart Cities entitled Connecting and Securing Communities. The document instructs Federal agencies on how to enable U.S. cities and communities to build “smart” infrastructure, systems, and services.
Five high-level recommended practices are provided to inform Federal smart city and community efforts. Four effective approaches, illustrated by case studies from current and past Federal programs and projects, are provided to assist agencies in facilitating job growth and economic prosperity through Federally funded R&D in smart cities and communities. The plan envisions agencies working with industry, local leaders, civil society, academia, and other key stakeholders to accelerate the development and implementation of new discoveries and innovations that enable cities and communities to achieve their local goals and address their most important challenges.