A US investor is building an entire city without inhabitants as a test laboratory for innovation. The CITE will get a functional infrastructure with roads, water, electricity, church and the airport and will cost a billion dollars. Anyone can rent the city to test new technologies such as driverless cars or alternative energy supplies under real conditions, without having to refer to the residents into consideration.
In the US state of New Mexico created a privately funded test center for innovation called CITE (Center for Innovation, Testing and Evaluation). CITE is, according to the responsible Pegasus Global Holding serve as a means for the audits, evaluation and marketing of innovations and future technologies.
It is a test environment offer for technologies, to integrate them into urban infrastructure without having to take residents into consideration. Through countless sensors and measuring devices in all lines, buildings and streets is also intended to provide detailed measurement results about the impact of technology on the economy, for example in the field of energy, transport, telecommunications, security and agriculture.
CITE is to a completely connected to the structural and supply power plant, which was modeled after a mid-sized American city, including all urban, suburban and rural areas, with roads, buildings, power supply, water and sewerage, telecommunications network, town hall, schools , airport, shopping center, church and service stations – even art and graffiti there should be and everything else this includes – apart from the inhabitants. In contrast to the well-known Chinese ghost towns, however, the lack of people is intended, the US magazine Atlantic therefore speaks of a “reverse ghost town”.
As a representation of the modern city wants it CITE enable customers so that benefits and the cost of your proposed innovation and technology, it was extensively and undisturbed for testing hardware or software under real conditions – without being disturbed by annoying people or to interfere with the life-like city dwellers
. It is not a prototype of the city of the future, but rather a realistic city of our time, as the head of Robert Brumley project the Atlantic explained: The CITE should “have several layers of older technology and on top of newer technology. So not only fiber optic cables, but also copper. “In the end, should the city look like a” fully active, inhabited, living, breathing city whose population is one day suddenly disappeared “. It should look as abandoned by the people, and not as if the people have never lived there.
If the building is as expected completed in about four years, CITE is making it the largest research laboratory planet: It simulates a habitat that would provide about 35,000 inhabitants and is expected the Pegasus Holding at the end cost one billion US dollars
The investor is convinced that the demand for such a test center there and with the rental. the terrain can recoup the investment. At present, the idea in particular for networking traffic is interesting: carmakers and IT industry work more closely together in order to develop self-propelled vehicles. However, this can only test a fraction of the possible technologies in real traffic, because they get no road approval for risky or untried innovations. Even Smart City projects such as smart grids and new distribution options can be tested without the same to run the risk that in an emergency, stand thousands of people without electricity.