Smart systems get boost from NIST contract

The University of Maryland College Park has won a contract to partner with the National Institute of Standards and Technology in developing a framework for developing and testing intelligent control systems, Information Week reports.

The NIST award of $1 million over three years will allow UMD to work out standards and testing methodologies for cyber/physical systems (CPS), which link various types of technologies including physical, biological and computer components.

Researchers say the goal of the project is to ensure that CPS — which control such things as vehicles, facilities and certain medical devices — operate securely and remain resilient. They also hope to make them less expensive, less prone to errors, and less application-specific, Information Week reports.

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