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It will be built to resemble a typical American town, to house 35,000 (pretend) residents. The city-sized petri dish may give companies a place to test out their technologies.
Most cities are just big laboratories. But people, quite frankly, can get in the way of turning crumbling, city infrastructure into a smart one.
A Washington D.C.-based tech company wants to create a ghost town in New Mexico, to give companies and organizations a place to check the limits of renewable energy systems, smart grid cyber security, wireless systems, and traffic on a large scale before they implement it into a real city.
The planned city is expected to help understand the challenges of upgrading cities to the smart grid.
Pegasus Global Holdings is the tech company behind the so-called The Center for Innovation, Testing and Evaluation, or The Center for short.
“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,” Robert H. Brumley, Pegasus Global’s CEO said in a statement. So the tech company decided it should built that sterile environment. It is spending $200 million to create the modern day ghost town.
Roads, new and old buildings, and other city structures will give companies, not for profit, educational institutions, and government agencies an uninhabited place to test out their technology.
The planned ghost town may lack all the variables that make a city tick, but at least, the city-scale laboratory will create jobs. The Center is expected to create 350 jobs in New Mexico (and possibility a few thousand more down the line).
Photo: flickr/ Wolfgang Staudt
Sep 8, 2011
When they get around to redoing the grid, has anyone suggested providing three phase current and the appropriate balancing equipment to all customers?
Spending 200 million dollars on a city for no one to live just so companies can test their equipment seems to me to be a waste of good money and will not provide good test results anyway because many of these same tests are already being done on the real grid and in real towns across the world. Furthermore, the carbon equivalent content of the construction itself is significant and society recieves no benefit from the city as a place to live. It really seems to be a misguided use of quite a bit of cash when that same cash could be used to build real life grids and product tests in the real world.