Las Vegas Bets on Cisco To Innovate, Build the City of the Future
Area Vice President, SLED West, U.S. Public Sector
Internet of Everything, Smart and Connected Communities
I’m excited to announce that the city of Las Vegas is teaming with Cisco to launch the Smart+Connected Digital Platform for their Innovation District. The platform connects IoT devices and sensor data, empowering the city’s leaders to manage traffic, crowd and environmental concerns faster and more efficiently.
Las Vegas is a city that loves disruption, hosting over 40 million tourists and 22,000 events each year. This makes it one of the top destinations in the U.S. But this massive influx of people also creates challenges that impact citizens every day, especially in efficiency of government and public safety. From congestion and the environment to pedestrian and vehicular safety, city leaders recognize that there has never been a better time to deploy technologies that deliver public services more efficiently, securely and effectively. And at the same time, the city is working to keep people safer, the environment – more sustainable, and further economic prosperity.
With Cisco’s help, Las Vegas is starting to address these and other critical issues that are impacting the quality of life for their citizens with the deployment of the Cisco Smart+Connected Digital Platform, an innovative solution that securely connects cities, letting them turn data into action quicker. For Las Vegas, it can provide unique insights and use of city resources to help transform this popular destination into the city of the future.
Las Vegas has key areas it will focus on to enhance city operations while improving quality of life for visitors and citizens alike:
It’s estimated that the economic impact of traffic congestion in the U.S. is close to $200 billion in lost productivity, wasted fuel and carbon emissions. This is mostly due to the lack of real-time visibility into road conditions by city traffic departments which leaves them struggling to truly understand and predict road use or to analyze traffic patterns.
But by working with Cisco, the city of Las Vegas will be able to leverage the digital platform’s real-time collection of a variety of traffic data including road congestion and usage, top areas of pedestrian congestion, circulation patterns, historical trends and even areas prone to crowd-forming. This is a tremendous resource for traffic managers, city planners and public safety teams, empowering them to anticipate and prevent traffic jams, respond faster to emergencies, and should lower overall cost for the city.
Security and crowd control is top of mind for most cities these days, and this is especially true in Las Vegas. Physical camera-based surveillance has been around for a long time, forty years or so. But much of the installed base consists of legacy analog systems that require constant human oversight, making it extremely difficult to monitor large numbers of cameras in real-time for a city the size of Las Vegas.
That’s why video analytics, in combination with law enforcement tools such as the digital platform’s map-based dashboard and data-driven crime analytics engine, will help Las Vegas to monitor activities more efficiently so that departments can respond faster and more accurately. This will help keep citizens, visitors and businesses safer.
As its population grows and the influx of visitors (and their cars, trucks and SUVs) increases, the quality of air in Las Vegas will only get worse - and the impact on people’s health more significant. Getting accurate and timely measurements of a city’s air quality has traditionally required large and costly monitoring stations that sample air only once a day (and may not even measure CO2, nitrous oxide or methane levels).
By deploying the digital platform, Las Vegas will be able to connect a hyper-local system of sensors with a software model capable of predicting air quality over a greater distance. These cost effective sensors are more mobile and flexible than their old counterparts, allowing their placement to be optimized based on a software model. This will provide much more accurate visibility into the city’s air quality, all in real-time, allowing city officials to make more informed decisions with better outcomes for the health of all.
For the City of Las Vegas, the journey to a smarter, more connected community is just beginning. And Cisco is proud to be a key part of their drive to digital transformation. Thanks to the innovative technologies offered in the Smart+Connected Digital Platform, Las Vegas and communities all around the world are finally able to take full advantage of their data. From Kansas City to Barcelona, cities are mapping out their path to future success. Our team at Cisco is excited that Las Vegas has placed their bet on Cisco and is beginning to build a better quality of life for all.