Las Vegas: defining the smart city of the future
The world-famous City of Las Vegas is investing in infrastructure to become a fully-fledged smart city by 2025.
Wanting to provide its 650,000 citizens and more than 42mn annual visitors with a truly modern living experience, Las Vegas will be augmented with intelligent transportation systems and smart energy technologies.
Hoping to achieve seamless interactivity between all aspects of urban life, the city will integrate these disparate services via cloud-based data sharing, advanced data analytics software and real-time decision-making capabilities.
The ‘eyes and ears’ of this smart system will be thousands of IoT (internet of things) equipment deployed throughout the city. Las Vegas officials have named NTT and Dell Technologies are two special partners which will provide the edge-computing solutions necessary.
A strategy resting on six pillars
Far from being ‘innovation for innovation’s sake’, the city hopes to address some fundamental societal issues in its development:
Public safety: Increased connectivity and real-time response capabilities will mean faster action when addressing incidents.
Economic growth: With better technology evenly distributed throughout the area via private sector investment, Vegas’ businesses will be able to flourish and generate further job opportunities.
Mobility: Connected vehicle infrastructure will provide more accurate traffic data, which, in turn, will aid congestion.
Education: Collaboration between city authorities and universities will strengthen government-academic ties and allow both to develop.
Social: Smart cities are optimised to be as efficient as possible, meaning that there is less waste and less cost for everyday utilities. These savings can be passed down through society and help everyone reach a similar standard of living.
Healthcare: Improved technology also means that reaction-times can be hastened, diagnoses can be made quicker and anticipatory measures can be taken.
Defining the smart city of the future
“Las Vegas is an international stage for innovation and technology,” said Mayor Carolyn Goodman on Innovate Vegas website. “ It will also be a proving ground for collaborative efforts between the city and its new technology partners.
“Las Vegas continues to capture the world's imagination as the city where anything is possible. With world-class hotels, award-winning restaurants, luxurious spas, fantastic shopping, the finest golf courses and spectacular entertainment, Las Vegas remains one of the most electrifying destinations in the world.”
Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking
“We’ve been engaged with the APTIM team since early 2019 providing SiteSense, our mobile construction SaaS solution, for their maintenance and construction projects, allowing them to track materials and equipment, and manage inventory.
We have been working with the APTIM team to standardize material tracking processes and procedures, ultimately with the goal of reducing the amount of time spent looking for materials. Industry studies show that better management of materials can lead to a 16% increase in craft labour productivity.
Everyone knows construction is one of the oldest industries but it’s one of the least tech driven comparatively. About 95% of Engineering and Construction data captured goes unused, 13% of working hours are spent looking for data and around 30% of companies have applications that don’t integrate.
With APTIM, we’re looking at early risk detection, through predictive analysis and forecasting of material constraints, integrating with the ecosystem of software platforms and reporting on real-time data with a ‘field-first’ focus – through initiatives like the Digital Foreman. The APTIM team has seen great wins in the field, utilising bar-code technology, to check in thousands of material items quickly compared to manual methods.
There are three key areas when it comes to successful Materials Management in the software sector – culture, technology, and vendor engagement.
Given the state of world affairs, access to data needs to be off site via the cloud to support remote working conditions, providing a ‘single source of truth’ accessed by many parties; the tech sector is always growing, so companies need faster and more reliable access to this cloud data; digital supply chain initiatives engage vendors a lot earlier in the process to drive collaboration and to engage with their clients, which gives more assurance as there is more emphasis on automating data capture.
It’s been a challenging period with the pandemic, particularly for the supply chain. Look what happened in the Suez Canal – things can suddenly impact material costs and availability, and you really have to be more efficient to survive and succeed. Virtual system access can solve some issues and you need to look at data access in a wider net.
Solving problems comes down to better visibility, and proactively solving issues with vendors and enabling construction teams to execute their work. The biggest cause of delays is not being able to provide teams with what they need.
On average 2% of materials are lost or re-ordered, which only factors in the material cost, what is not captured is the duplicated effort of procurement, vendor and shipping costs, all of which have an environmental impact.
As things start to stabilise, APTIM continues to utilize SiteSense to boost efficiencies and solve productivity issues proactively. Integrating with 3D/4D modelling is just the precipice of what we can do. Access to data can help you firm up bids to win work, to make better cost estimates, and AI and ML are the next phase, providing an eco-system of tools.
A key focus for Intelliwave and APTIM is to increase the availability of data, whether it’s creating a data warehouse for visualisations or increasing integrations to provide additional value. We want to move to a more of an enterprise usage phase – up to now it’s been project based – so more people can access data in real time.