The city of Las Vegas has recently announced a partnership with Cisco to become a smart city. The local government of this city wants to implement the use of smart city projects and technologies to collect and analyze data. These projects will focus on the environment, traffic, water, crowd control, transit, lighting, waste management, security, and parking.

Making Las Vegas a Smart City

Recently, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman and Cisco SVP of IoT and Applications Rowan Trollope announced their partnership during Cisco Live Las Vegas. This partnership will involve the use of Cisco’s connected cameras, sensors and platforms to collect and analyze data. As mentioned above, this partnership focuses on collecting and analyzing the data about the environment, traffic, water, crowd control, transit, lighting, waste management, security, and parking.

The implementation of IoT technologies and smart city projects aims to improve the experience and lifestyle of the city’s 42 million yearly visitors, 650,000 city residents, and the 2.2 million Las Vegas Valley citizens. According to Michael Sherwood, CIO for the City of Las Vegas:

“Having a partner like Cisco that was able to help us with sensor technology, help us understand dynamics operation and how we could find new ways of efficiency, made it an ideal partnership.”

With this partnership, they want to trial smart city technology in Las Vegas’ innovation district. This district is known as the ¨digital playground¨. This district was launched in March last year and serves as the beginning point of digitizing the city of Las Vegas.

According to Michael Sherwood, CIO for the City of Las Vegas:

“Instead of going out and doing what others might do, which is go ahead and buy one system and just plonk that into their entire city, we test it in a small pilot area, we get reactions from the community, we get reactions from the government leaders, and see how that technology works. We’re able to work with them in that playground and sort of refine it, hone it, and test it out, and then, once it’s good, we can expand it out throughout the community.”

Las Vegas’ Innovation District

The city’s innovation district will work as a testing area for new technology. With the introduction of this district, the local government is able to test different technologies before implementing them in the city of Las Vegas. A team of city workers has been pursuing different types of projects. Including dumpsters that signal when they are full and the use of a web application to reserve a parking space.

The technological advancements and plans that are being developed by the team are not just dreams. Many of this projects are expected to be tested or launched within weeks or months. One of the technologies introduced in this district is the Navya’s autonomous electric shuttle. The Navya’s autonomous electric shuttle is an invention of a French company and is already in use in the city of Lyon.

Furthermore, the smart city projects to be implemented in this district in Las Vegas include the following:

  • Parking sensors to provide available parking in real time
  • Upgrading of traffic signals so that they can be help emergency vehicles to arrive to the destination more quickly
  • Monitoring of bike share stations to show availability of bikes in each location

Conclusion

The introduction of the innovation district in Las Vegas is a great example of how big cities can trial technologies before implementing them in the whole city. This provides Las Vegas the opportunity to discover which technologies are more suitable to improve the lives of their citizens and how they can improve the city’s problems. In fact, by testing new technologies in this area the city can apply creative solutions to daily city problems. The innovation city district in Las Vegas can serve as a role model for cities that are planning to implement smart city problems and smart city technology.