Denver could home to ‘one of the most futuristic smart city developments’


Electronics industry company Panasonic has moved its Enterprise Solutions Division headquarters to Peña Station and has recently begun installing LED streetlights in the city-to-be, which are 60-70% more energy efficient than standard streetlights.

Panasonic’s Internet of Things (IoT) lighting platform dims the lights when the street is empty or during a full moon. The company also plans to create an energy grid at Peña Station that uses solar power for the day and batteries at night.

Further to this, the electronics giant will begin to deploy environmental sensors that monitor air particles, cloud coverage, noise, temperature and humidity. In 2017, Panasonic will also deploy the first self-driving shuttle, which will provide access to Denver International Airport and travel at a top speed of 15mph.

US gov funding for smart cities

In October this year, the US government announced that it will be issuing $165 million for the development of smart city solutions which will form part of the White House’s Smart Cities Initiative.

According to a release, the total of $165 million includes $65 million in public funding and $100 million in matching funds which are geared toward advanced transportation technologies. The funding is aimed at easing traffic congestion and improve driver and pedestrian safety. [India adds energy efficiency to smart cities programme]

Pittsburgh for example will get $11 million through the initiative to install smart traffic lights, while Denver will receive $6 million to connect vehicles to mitigate traffic during rush hour. Furthermore, around $8 million is now available for local governments for building out mobility through car- and bike-sharing services and demand-based dynamic buses.

The release adds that the initiative should allow more cities in the US to adopt key IoT applications. The US Department of Transport is currently working with providers like Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs to implement programmes and the continuation of the White House’s Smart City Challenge.