By Jon Walton
Major advancements in infrastructure tech over the last few decades have transformed the possibilities of the city – driverless cars, smart grids, renewable energy sources, city-wide wireless – but in the hustle and bustle of today’s urban environments, these innovations are difficult to test and implement.
Pegasus Global Holdings, an international technology development firm, has a solution – build a town from the ground, and remove the liability of living persons. The Center for Innovation, Testing, and Evaluation is a planned 20-square-mile facility mimicking the layout of a 35,000 resident town, with everything from flushing toilets to working street signals. From the company’s press release:
The Center will resemble a mid-sized American city, including urban canyons, suburban neighborhoods, rural communities and distant localities. It will offer the only of its kind opportunity to replicate the real-world challenges of upgrading existing city infrastructure to that of a 21st Century smart city, operating within a green economy.
This significant investment will allow tech companies to introduce and evaluate a range of innovative infrastructure designs, including geothermal energy, desalinization plants, and intelligent infrastructure.
“The idea for The Center was born out of our own company’s challenges in trying to test new and emerging technologies beyond the confines of a sterile lab environment,” said Robert H. Brumley, Pegasus Global’s CEO. “As entrepreneurs, we saw a global need and stepped up to address it. The Center will allow private companies, not for profits, educational institutions and government agencies to test in a unique facility with real world infrastructure, allowing them to better understand the cost and potential limitations of new technologies prior to introduction."
Costing approximately $1 billion to construct and operate, the data collected from the city will be used to help modernize utility systems and infrastructure across the United States and in cities around the world.