How Las Vegas is Using Technology to Become Safer, Faster, and Cleaner
Las Vegas is testing smart technology functions that will provide benefits to the city. The downtown district is a testing center where multiple city programs are being tested for technology benefits.
Smart Technology Benefits
The Las Vegas City Council has established a downtown area called the Innovation District to serve as a testing zone for technologies that can make Las Vegas operate more efficiently in the future. The addition of smart technology to various city programs will help the city become safer, faster, and cleaner. It will provide enhanced security, added conveniences, and environmental safeguards for both residents and visitors to Las Vegas. There are currently four programs that are being tested for smart technology innovations.
Hitachi technology focuses on enhanced security with cameras that can scan for potential dangers, threats, and violent or dangerous situations. When a problem is recognized, the system sends an alert to the police and/or fire department. The Hitachi pilot program is expected to roll out within 30 to 60 days.
- Navya – The autonomous shuttle Arma, completed its first stateside road test in January at the Consumer Electronics Show. It is set to be fully operational in traffic with onboard passengers when a dedicated short-range communications (DSRC) system is launched. The shuttle will operate in a loop, starting on Fremont Street around the Container Park area to Stewart Avenue near the Mob Museum. All rides will be free to the public.
- Numina and Motionloft – Las Vegas will partner with these companies to create a safer, smoother, more convenient travel environment for the city. It will help to increase traffic flow and prevent traffic accidents for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians commonly seen by a Las Vegas accident attorney.
Cisco’s cloud-based technology focuses on traffic and trash management. It will collect traffic and parking data and monitor carbon emissions and pollution. The city of Las Vegas is 100 percent sustainable, so the Cisco technology will continue to lower the carbon footprint to make the city cleaner and more eco-friendly.
Las Vegas hopes to add enhanced security technology with infrared cameras and sound systems to the testing zone this year. Cameras will detect temperature spikes that signal fire dangers and alert the fire department to dispatch emergency responders. Sensors will detect sounds like breaking glass and burglar alarms and alert cameras to scan the areas in question and alert authorities.