NTT Group has created the first smart city proof of concept for Las Vegas, as part of the Las Vegas Digital Transformation initiative.

Created in conjunction with Dell Technologies, the NTT Group smart city solution is a secure, distributed platform that incorporates sensors throughout the city providing real-time data to localized micro data centers.

The network will incorporate ultra-HD cameras, along with next-generation sensors to gather data that could affect public safety, providing critical information to first responders including police and fire departments. Creating a network of video situational awareness and next-generation sensor data, the public safety network can be enhanced for better response times to various types of incidents throughout the city.

Data gathered by the sensors will be transmitted to localized, micro data centers placed throughout the city.  The wholesale data from the sensors will be subject to predictive and diagnostic analytics at the micro data center to determine which critical data is to be forwarded to the core data center. This will help to cut through the data ‘noise’, by forwarding only critical information to minimize the volume and time required to data transmission.

The smart city network is built on the company’s Cognitive Foundation architecture, and uses Dell’s hyper-converged infrastructure and VMWare NFV platform to host the predictive analytics applications within the system.

The initial concept will be rolled out in downtown Las Vegas, in the city’s Innovation District. Michael Lee Sherwood, Director of IT for Las Vegas, noted that the NTT/Dell initiative helps to further the city’s efforts to become a smart, connected community. “By leveraging innovative technologies,” he said, “the city will be able to enhance service delivery while helping to keep the public safe and connected.”

After a successful proof of concept in Las Vegas, NTT Group intends to introduce similar initiatives in other cities throughout the United States.

A recent report from Intel and Juniper noted that smart cities have the potential to ‘give back’ 15 working days per year to residents, through improved public safety, mobility, productivity, and preventative health care. The public safety index in the report is measured by crime levels, mortality, and law enforcement efforts to combat these challenges.