Las Vegas Rolling the Dice on the IoT

Las Vegas Image by David Mark from Pixabay
Image by David Mark from Pixabay

The city known for its gambling, neon lights and shotgun weddings has embarked on a mission to gather something more than just dirty little secrets. With a new internet of things (IoT) project, Las Vegas will have a lot of new data on something a little more mundane—traffic patterns.

Teaming up with information and communications giants Dell and the NTT Group, Las Vegas has launched a pilot program to deploy IoT technology to improve traffic and public safety. The two companies are supplying next-generation sensors, ultra-high definition cameras and other forward-reaching technologies, which will operate on a secure, distributed platform.

The platform relies on micro data centers that are located in proximity to sensors placed strategically around the city. Using advanced analytics, the system delivers real-time data to the locations where the data can provide the most value, but it sends only data on incidents or urgent needs for investigation to the core data center, which avoids data overloads.

This system based on so-called “edge analytics” will enable the city to rely on machine learning to increase the response times of emergency responders.

"By leveraging innovative technologies the city will be able to enhance service delivery while helping to keep the public safe and connected,” said Michael Lee Sherwood, the city’s director of information technologies. "[The project] will continue the city’s efforts to become a smart and connected community.”

The pilot program is one element of the city’s larger goal to embrace digital technology to become a city of the future. Las Vegas has invested in a number of forward-thinking digital transformations, including connected traffic signals, an open data portal and the nation’s first public self-driving shuttle pilot project. With these investments, the city hopes to become a smart city by the year 2025.

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Rick Laezman

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