Denver's experimental smart city gets microgrid, Wi-Fi, autonomous shuttles

By District Energy posted 01-22-2018 00:00

  

Jason Shueh, State Scoop

Rendering of Peña Station Next (Panasonic)

Summary

An effort by Panasonic to build its own smart city just outside Denver is advancing rapidly with a recently completed microgrid, numerous Internet of Things projects, and an autonomous shuttle service scheduled for launch this spring. 

Since the company started building the site in early 2016, it has made sizable strides to develop the connectivity, electric utility and transit infrastructure, Panasonic executive Jarrett Wendt told PC Magazine earlier this month. The 382-acre site sits just outside of the Denver International Airport and is adding new emerging technologies all the time.

Wendt said that the smart city now being built, called Peña Station Next, received approval from public utility officials and installed the community's first microgrid, which is run partially on solar power, installed smart LED street lighting, added a parking management system, interactive kiosks and spread free community-wide Wi-Fi throughout. 

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