How 5G is helping Las Vegas on the road to sustainability


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  • Tuesday, 26 Oct 2021

Las Vegas is seeking to lower its CO2 emissions and make its transportation and buildings more sustainable. — AFP Relaxnews

Las Vegas is poised to launch a major plan to collect information on the CO2 emissions of its transportation and buildings. The goal is to create a sort of 3D clone of the city’s downtown area in order to study activity and find solutions to increase sustainability and reduce CO2 emissions.

In partnership with the data visualisation software company Cityzenith, the city of Las Vegas intends to map its entire territory virtually using all the data collected by its many connected public devices.

Between now and January 2022, the city will install numerous environmental sensors, all connected to the 5G network, to measure air quality, water consumption, noise pollution and other indicators that are essential to accurately calculating CO2 emissions in real time. These sensors will be installed mainly in buildings and on streetlights in the city center.

This data will allow the creation of a veritable virtual 3D city – or a so-called digital twin – serving to simulate different strategies to reduce CO2 emissions and improve the sustainability of transport and buildings. The goal is to implement different scenarios and model the results that these would generate, without necessarily having to spend money on unsuccessful new infrastructure.

Ultimately, the idea is to share this data with the companies concerned, as well as with building owners, to help them reduce their operating costs as well as their CO2 emissions.

A demonstration of this technology will be made public at the upcoming CES consumer technology show in Las Vegas, Jan 5-8, 2022.

According to Cityzenith, other US cities may soon follow suit, starting with Phoenix, Arizona. – AFP Relaxnews

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