Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Tech firm Pegasus Global to build futuristic 'smart city' to test new technologies in New Mexico

A tech firm plans on building its own "smart city" in New Mexico.

The community would serve as a playground for new and innovative technologies using renewable green energy, wireless devices and smarter traffic systems.

By building the pseudo city, officially dubbed The Center, inventors and research companies would be able to test their new ideas under real-world circumstances.

"The idea for The Center was born out of our own company's challenges in trying to test new and emerging technologies beyond the confines of a sterile lab environment," said Robert H. Brumley, CEO of Pegasus Global, the company spearheading the project.

The Center would resemble a mid-sized American city, including urban canyons, suburban neighborhoods, rural communities and distant localities.

"[It] will allow private companies, not for profits, educational institutions and government agencies to test in a unique facility with real world infrastructure, allowing them to better understand the cost and potential limitations of new technologies prior to introduction," he said.

Pegasus Global is in talks to develop the privately financed, high-tech community in New Mexico, where it could encompass 20 square miles of "open, unimproved land."

"We were drawn to New Mexico by [Gov. Susana Martinez] and her administration's encouragement of private-sector led, technology-based projects," Brumley added.

The unique project could ultimately employ more than 3,000 people and would cost $200 million to create.


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