CITE Center for Innovation Testing and Evaluation

Smart City built from scratch in the desert of New Mexico


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About the project Edit

A ghost town called the Center for Innovation Testing and Evaluation (CITE) that is being constructed just to test new sustainable infrastructure technologies in New Mexico.

The facility will be located just outside of Hobbs, N.M. Researchers will be able to test the latest innovations in the fields of green energy, intelligent transportation systems, homeland security and next-generation wireless technology within the ghost city’s infrastructure.

Pegasus Global Holdings, an international technology development firm, will construct the uninhabited city. The development will eventually span approximately 20 square miles and incorporate urban, suburban and rural environments. The city will feature all the structures and amenities found in a medium-sized American municipality, except the people.

In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

The test city will include all the features of a modern, mid-size American city — including roads, houses and schools — except the residents.

This will allow researchers to test the latest innovations in energy, transportation systems and resource development without jeopardizing the safety of real people.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

The center will allow private companies, not-for-profits, educational institutions and government agencies to test in a unique facility with real-world infrastructure, allowing them to better understand the cost and potential limitations of new technologies, prior to introduction,” he added.

The estimated $1 billion project will break ground on June 30, 2012. The land CITE will be built on is being purchased by Pegasus from a cattle rancher, but other portions of the site are controlled both by Hobbs and Lea County.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

Economic growth in the area as CITE is developed will be driven primarily by the creation of 3,500 indirect or temporary jobs, mostly in the construction sector. The project should result in a total of 350 permanent positions.

What was the triggering factor of this project? Edit

“The idea for the center was born out of our own company’s challenges in trying to test new and emerging technologies beyond the confines of a sterile environment,” said Robert H. Brumley, Pegasus Global’s CEO, in a statement.

What is the business model of this project? Edit

The city won’t be involved in the actual research and development occurring at CITE, but instead will help facilitate some of the land transfers, and ultimately will gain some revenue when CITE hooks up to existing water and sewer infrastructure Hobbs controls near the construction site.

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