University of Southern California Forms Smart City Consortium

In mid-November 2017, the University of Southern California (USC) Institute for Communication Technology Management (CTM), the USC Center for Cyber-Physical Systems and the Internet of Things (CCI), and the USC Integrated Media Systems Center (IMSC) announced their commitment to forming a consortium that will design, develop, test, and deploy an IoT system to benefit IoT communities.

The Intelligent Internet of Things Integrator (I3) Consortium, organized by CTM at the USC Marshall School of Business and by CCI and IMSC at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering will engage industry partners and government agencies to encourage the development of community-based IoT networks. The proposed system will provide greater transparency between application developers who depend on data for decision-making and the users or organizations that own the devices.

For municipal business and operations, the I3 Consortium will streamline the aggregation of data to improve decision-making or provide customer service. It will also create an environment for trusted application developers, device manufacturers, communications, and value-added data service providers to connect information streams to create and test apps with the potential for improving the quality of life for community residents.

A key to the system being developed is that it will allow data owners to make decisions about with whom they share IoT device data. They will have the ability to opt-in to provide a specific data stream to applications developers. The system will monitor against unexpected activity that may represent a cybersecurity threat.

Founding members of the I3 Consortium include:

* Avata Intelligence
* City of Los Angeles
* Ether2
* IKE: Smart City Hub
* Kiana Analytics
* Korea University Center for Software Security and Assurance
* Tech Mahindra
* Traction Labs
* USC Center for Communication Technology Management at the USC Marshall School of Business
* USC Center for Cyber-Physical Systems and the Internet of Things at the Viterbi School of Engineering
* USC Facilities Management Services
* USC Integrated Media Systems Center at the Viterbi School of Engineering
* Verizon

James G. Ellis, Dean of USC Marshall School of Business, points out, “We live in an age of data-driven innovation, and initiatives such as the I3 Consortium are essential to leveraging the data that surrounds us for a strong future. USC and Marshall will continue to lead the way in helping our students, faculty and community better understand the convergences between businesses, consumers and governments that will shape cities in this age of data.”

For more information on the I3 Consortium, visit the USC Web site.

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