Plans Released for Technology Testing City

September 26, 2011 By Aminda

Plans are underway to build what would be the world’s largest technology testing and evaluation center in the U.S. state of New Mexico. Pegasus Global Holdings has entered into a memo of understanding (MOU) with the state’s Department of Economic Development to build the Center for Innovation, Test and Evaluation. Development, construction, and operating costs will be funded by the private sector. The Center will create 350 new direct jobs and is expected to create more than 3,500 new indirect jobs through construction of the facility, supporting industry, and contractors.

The Center is designed to resemble a mid-sized American city with houses, roads, suburban neighborhoods and rural communities all being part of the project. The replica metropolis is to provide end-to-end testing, evaluation and demonstration of new intelligent and green technologies and innovations with the goal of determining the direct and indirect benefits and costs the innovations tested would have on our existing infrastructure.

Expected to cost nearly 200 million USD and cover 52 square kilometers, The Center will be focused on four research areas:

Green Energy. The real world setting will provide unique opportunities to drill down into the cost of introducing solar, wind, and Smart Grid technologies to help determine the next steps to success.

Transportation. The Center will provide a highway infrastructure that will allow clients to test and evaluate unmanned vehicle technologies, traffic management systems, and vehicle-based applications without endangering other drivers.

Wireless. The Center will include a secure testing area for first responder technology with the benefit of proximity to the civil and commercial infrastructure.

Homeland Security. A next-generation wireless infrastructure – terrestrial and satellite – will permit the development, installation, testing and commercialization of high speed broadband technologies across all sectors of the economy.

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