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."
In addition to reducing opex costs, cities want to use IoT and related technologies to make them easier to visit and, therefore, more attractive hubs for residents and tourists, said Cox2M VP Barak Weinisman.
Smart parking alone can increase city revenue: In a typical downtown metro area, 30% of cars circling are actually looking for a place to park, according to Rik Goodwin, chief operating officer at IoT developer Fybr. Smart parking notifies drivers of available parking spots and alerts traffic wardens whenever drivers have violated parking meters, generating income from fines.
In fact, parking revenue can grow between 10% and 35%, according to Jesse Berst, founder and chairman of the Smart Cities Council. And, he added, less congestion adds up to more retail sales in areas that previously were viewed as too congested for a quick visit or pleasant shopping or dining experience.
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