A "world first" $1bn scientific ghost city will be built in New Mexico to test the latest next-generation technology.
Researchers will use the facility in Lea County, near Hobbs, to look at everything from intelligent traffic systems and next-generation wireless networks to automated washing machines and self-flushing toilets.
The town will be modelled on the real city of Rock Hill, South Carolina, complete with roads, houses and commercial buildings, old and new.
The Center for Innovation, Testing and Evaluation (CITE) will be the first of its kind, in scale and scope, fully integrated test, evaluation and certification facility dedicated to enabling and facilitating the commercialization of new and emerging technologies.
CITE will be modeled after a mid-sized modern American city, integrating real-world urban and suburban environments along with all the typical working infrastructure elements that make up today’s cities. This will provide customers the unique opportunity to test and evaluate technologies in conditions that most closely simulate real-world applications.
The hallmark of CITE is the City Lab, a full-scale, fully functional test city. City Lab will be a representative example of a modern day, mid-sized American city. It will occupy approximately 400 acres and include urban, suburban and rural zones as well as the corresponding infrastructure. City Lab will be pre-wired for data collection giving researchers the ability to simulate system-wide scenarios and then draw data from such activities.
One of the fastest growing segments in energy production is focused on
green technologies, but challenges still exist in the integration of
these technologies into existing out dated infrastructure. CITE will
provide unique opportunities to drill down into the cost of introducing
solar, wind, and Smart Grid technologies in a real world setting to help
determine the next steps to success.
Intelligent Transportation Systems
CITE will be home to a transportation highway/road network consisting of
both high-speed, urban canyon, suburban and rural roads permitting
testing and demonstration of new Intelligent Transportation System
technologies, which are advancing rapidly in Europe and Asia. CITE 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.
Homeland security is a key component of the plan for CITE, which will
include a secure testing area for first responder technology with the
benefit of proximity to the civil and commercial infrastructure.
Next Generation Wireless Infrastructure
A next-generation wireless infrastructure - terrestrial and satellite -
is planned to serve CITE, permitting the development, installation,
testing and commercialization of high speed broadband technologies
across all sectors of our economy, e.g. energy, transportation and
security, as well as extension of such services to underserved