In 1516, Sir Thomas More introduced the world to the ideal society in his book Utopia. While Utopia might still be beyond our reach, smart cities, businesses and organizations are innovating, using technology to improve our lives and society. For example, the city of Las Vegas is using next-generation technology to become a smarter city with the goal of “building community to make a better life.” In this unique travel destination, which hosted a record-breaking 42 million visitors in 2016 and is home to over 630,000 residents, urban leaders are developing innovative solutions to enhance the city experience, build a more competitive and diversified economy and increase efficiencies within the city.
Today, Las Vegas is engaged in strategic efforts to diversify its tourism and service-based economy to attract manufacturing, technology and other industries. A key to this strategy is integrating new technologies into the city’s operations, economy and users’ experiences. To achieve its goals, Las Vegas embarked on an innovation journey to create a smarter and more efficient city that is a great place for people to live and visit, and for businesses to flourish.