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Speeding Tech Deployment and Luring Jobs Using Existing Advantages

Systems connected: Convention hosting, transportation, real-world research and testing, local economic growth

by / February 29, 2016
To prioritize smart city investments in Las Vegas, the IT team turned to rapid prototyping — quick pilots requiring little investment. Jacob Surland, caughtinpixels.com / via Flickr

The Consumer Electronics Show is a place for companies to show off the technology of tomorrow. Las Vegas wants to take that spirit and apply it outside the convention.

The idea is to welcome companies in the Consumer Electronics Show — but not exclusively those companies — to start testing out high-tech ideas in the city’s downtown area. That could put the city on the leading edge of transportation technology, as it demonstrated when Delphi outfitted traffic lights near the convention center where CES took place this year with devices that will allow them to communicate signal timing directly to smart cars.

But it might also mean an economic boon for Las Vegas, which would benefit from more high-paying tech jobs nearby.

In return, Las Vegas is hoping to offer companies a few things they can’t find elsewhere: easy access to the CES, a bustling downtown full of tourists and high demand for taxi and ridesharing-type services.

Ben Miller Associate Editor of GT Data and Business

Ben Miller is the associate editor of data and business for Government Technology. His reporting experience includes breaking news, business, community features and technical subjects. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno, and lives in Sacramento, Calif.