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6 mln grant for smart cities in US

US Ignite, an initiative to promote US leadership in developing applications and services for ultra-fast broadband and software-defined networks, has been awarded a USD 6 million grant from the National Science Foundation to build a living lab of testbeds for smart gigabit applications in 15 communities throughout the country.  The announcement was made as part of a White House event during which the Obama Administration made several commitments to support Smart Cities.

The grant will enable a growing number of communities in the US to participate in a  smart city app store for interoperable and interconnected smart gigabit community applications addressing national priorities. The three year, public-private project will bring together researchers, citizens, community organisations, tech companies, entrepreneurs, academics and federal, state and local governments to begin to build the next generation of internet.

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Source: Telecompaper

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