NTT Corporation announced the city of Las Vegas has expanded the Accelerate Smart project to include two new locations – the city’s Community Healing Garden and a portion of Las Vegas Boulevard at South Main Street and East St. Louis Avenue.
NTT and the city of Las Vegas plan to further expand the smart cities project to Bob Baskin Park, Rotary Park, Stupak Park and Ethel Pearson Park this summer before adding six additional parks by the end of 2020.
The initial pilot has improved traffic congestion and wrong way driving. NTT will expand the project to provide real-time alerts of safety conditions and maintenance issues to improve public safety and provide a better experience for citizens and visitors.
The city’s Smart Park Initiative is designed to increase public safety, while providing awareness of activity to generate usage and operations benchmarks that allow leadership to make more informed decisions.
NTT will deploy high-definition optical and audio sensors at 14 locations across the city, which enable an automated system to notify law enforcement and maintenance personnel of safety hazards, such as large crowds, gunshots, breaking glass and vandalism.
“Our Smart Cities pilot has been such a success that we are excited to expand the program to several new locations in the heart of our city, which will continue to improve the lives of our residents and visitors,” Michael Sherwood, director of Innovation and Technology, city of Las Vegas, said.
The initial proof of concept provided information to city personnel to increase situational awareness and provide a foundation for traffic management.
Las Vegas will leverage a dashboard to access and view sensors, data streams and analytics following the expansion of the smart cities project. The alerts and predictions enable the city to monitor and review events and allow them to dispatch safety and maintenance personnel.
The NTT Accelerate Smart data platform captures data via sensors and micro data centers in the designated areas through video and sound, while also integrating historical data sources such as crime, weather and social media.
“Cities like Las Vegas are capitalizing on pilots and beginning to imagine the benefits these technologies can have for their residents and visitors,” Bill Baver, Go to Market Leader, Smart World Team, NTT, said.