The State of Nevada , City of Las Vegas and Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT), one of the world’s largest ICT companies, today announced an agreement to advance and accelerate smart technologies following a Smart City proof of concept that began in September.
NTT Group (NTT, NTT DATA, Dimension Data, NTT Communications, NTT COMWARE and NTT Security) will provide the Smart City offering to the City commercially, and the City will start trial-use of the solution during spring 2019 for the consideration of the full-scale service beginning in summer 2019.
The City, State and NTT will also explore opportunities to partner on a new briefing center in downtown Las Vegas focused on technology with an emphasis on connected communities, as well as additional areas and cities to implement the Smart City offering.
Designed to improve safety, the proof of concept provides information to City personnel to help increase situation awareness and provide a foundation to traffic management and mobility that will create future economic opportunities. NTT Group deployed high-definition video cameras, sound sensors, as well as IoT devices to monitor a geographic area within the city’s Innovation District.
“Today’s announcement is a continuation of the strong partnership between Nevada, Las Vegas and NTT,” said Governor Brian Sandoval. “In August, during the trade mission to Japan, we were able to meet and discuss opportunities like this to ensure Las Vegas is not only a smart city, but the smartest city. I am excited about this opportunity in Las Vegas, and I look forward to watching Nevada become the foremost leader for smart regions in the country.”
The NTT solution is a secure, distributed platform that deploys micro data centers to sensors in the designated area to improve situational awareness through video and sound data, while also integrating historical data sources, such as crime, weather and social media data. By leveraging cognitive analytics, including NTT Group’s corevo® artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies, the system learns normal patterns and can detect and alert the authorities of patterns that appear abnormal to reduce response times for first responders.
The Smart City solution is built on NTT’s innovative Cognitive Foundation™ architecture, which enables remote creation, management and operation of information and communications technology (ICT) resources, from devices and networks to the cloud. It also incorporates Dell EMC’s hyperconverged infrastructure and IoT gateways, as well as VMware’s virtualization software hosting predictive analytics applications.
“The future is now, and government must be ready to embrace technologies that can help to address community issues and make cities more livable,” said Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman. “The city of Las Vegas is honored to be among the top digital cities in the country. We will continue to push the envelope with partnerships with companies like NTT, setting the stage for continued relationships and breakthroughs.”
The connected technologies and Smart City efforts are part of the city’s larger initiative, Innovate.Vegas, which was created to help provide safe, reliable and efficient civic technology that stimulated economic growth.
“The success of our smart city proof of concept in Las Vegas showcases how we can use technology to create a more connected society,” said Jun Sawada, President and CEO, NTT. “We plan to leverage and expand our connected technologies to other cities in Nevada, while also deploying similar solutions that will benefit stadiums, manufacturing facilities and other locations where we can help improve public safety.”