Speeding Tech Deployment and Luring Jobs Using Existing Advantages

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

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.