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Las Vegas tests private network for smart city apps

Las Vegas will be partnering with Cox Communications to use a citizens' broadband radio service (CBRS) private network to test smart-city applications in a local park.

The 12-month pilot providing LTE wireless connectivity in Baker Park will help the partners evaluate smart city and internet-of-things solutions and deliver insights into visitor attendance, parking lot use, public safety and after-hours activities.

Initially, existing light poles in the park will be equipped with video cameras and sensors, which will connect to CBRS-enabled wireless bridges that are fed from a central three-sector radio site, Cox officials said.

Through Cox’s Smart Communities platform, the city will have access to all the pilot’s data, including historical data on parking lot usage, occupancy and turnover, as well as real-time event notifications from safety cameras. The data transmission and all confidential, personal and sensitive data will be encrypted to protect the privacy of park visitors, the company.

With this data, the city can enhance public safety and improve operations, such as sending patrols to the park only when needed.

The combination of Cox’s existing fiber network with Las Vegas’ existing infrastructure will accelerate deployment of smart city solutions and will provide an ideal path to a long-term, sustainable solution should the pilot prove successful, officials said.

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