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Las Vegas: Becoming a Smarter City

Apr 30, 2021

This is an excerpt of a story originally published on CES.tech. Read the full article to learn more.

The City of Las Vegas is home to 650,000 residents, with the greater Las Vegas area attracting 42 million annual visitors — and typically welcoming CES® every January. CES is owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association™, licensee for the World Trade Center Las Vegas.

The City of Las Vegas, working with technology and business solutions provider NTT, has expanded its efforts to become a smarter city and provide safe, reliable and efficient civic technology that stimulates economic growth and offers better experiences for its residents and visitors.

City officials are seeking to improve interoperability among all public service sectors through open-source data sharing and real-time data analytics, and they have deployed various tech solutions in the past two years that have already changed city safety.

Six Pillars of Smart Vegas

The city’s smart city charter focuses on six major areas:

  • Public Safety: Solutions should better inform first responders and decrease response times.
  • Economic Growth: Infrastructures will promote new business models and lead new job opportunities.
  • Mobility: New connected vehicles infrastructure and data analytics can promote safer, more reliable and energy-efficient mobility options.
  • Education: Expanding collaboration with universities will support education initiatives and prepare the future workforce.
  • Social Benefit: Programs for underserved communities will help establish demographic equity.
  • Health Care: Connected and intelligent medical devices will encourage a broader view of well-being.

Improving Safe Mobility

The pilot project was designed to decrease traffic congestion and help city officials address the problem of drivers accidentally driving the wrong way on streets. Sensors using lidar placed at various streets in Las Vegas detected collisions, near misses, how many times cars went the wrong direction and even resulting decreases in congestion after roadway improvements.

Through the pilot program, wrong-way driving was reduced by around 40%.

As Las Vegas continues to accelerate its smart cities projects throughout the city, it is looking ahead to how smart city technologies can extend further to stadiums, shopping malls and manufacturing facilities.

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