The city of Las Vegas, NV has begun the process of creating a 3D model, also called a “digital twin,” of Downtown Las Vegas which will be used to virtually simulate tests of different smart city technologies and strategies.
“Digital Twins are rapidly becoming vital to how cities are run. Now in Las Vegas we will have a city-scale digital twin that is driven by the physical environment, and ultimately letting us control key systems through it,” Las Vegas Chief Innovation Officer Michael Sherwood said. “This will give us new levels of insights and control to benefit city planners, residents, and businesses. We’re setting the benchmark for cities around the world to become smarter, efficient, safer and more sustainable.”
By early next year, the city will start to install a series of internet-connected environmental sensors measuring air quality, water consumption, noise pollution, and emissions in buildings and street lights downtown. These sensors will transmit data back to a central repository for analysis. The city plans to share this data with building and business owners in the downtown area to help them reduce their operating costs and reduce emissions. Cityzenith will provide the project’s Digital Twin technology as part of its ‘Clean Cities – Clean Future’ initiative.
Cityzenith CEO Michael Jansen said: “We are excited to partner with the forward-leaning city of Las Vegas in this ground-breaking partnership. We are confident that this seminal project will demonstrate the combined power of Digital Twin and IoT technology working together to transform mobility, walkability, and emissions/air pollution. Among our many goals, we are keen to demonstrate how the Las Vegas Digital Twin project will help local building owners of any scale dramatically reduce operating costs and emissions for little to no investment.”