The Nevada town of Henderson will pilot Cox Communications' IoT technology for energy and water conservation, public safety and economic development efforts.
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Henderson's Water District will use various Cox2M IoT solutions to reduce operational and maintenance costs and raise revenue and service levels, the city said.
(Source: City of Henderson)
The pilot programs will occur in Henderson's historic Water Street District Innovation Corridor, about 15 minutes from the Las Vegas strip. Set to start early this year, the program is based on Cox2M, the operator's IoT platform, and is expected to provide capabilities, including:
Crowd counting and vehicle detection for improved parking and safety during events
Smart water meters for conservation and cost-cutting
Smart lighting for operational, maintenance and energy savings
Data analytics for enhanced economic development, inter-departmental communication and reporting
"We are dedicated to digital transformation and investing in technology to better our communities and working with Cox is an example of that," said Robert Herr, chief infrastructure officer and assistant city manager, in a statement. "With the partnership of Cox and its IoT solutions, the Water Street District project will succeed in attracting people and businesses to put down roots here."
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