Company to build new town just for tests

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A technology firm is planning to build a town or small city in New Mexico just for tests. According an AP article via the Roanoke Times (click here to read it), the town will have a capacity to hold 35,000 residents and will be complete with a highway system, various buildings and an electrical grid. The cost of the project is about $200 million, but this is not all just R&D costs. The company will actually run this project as a revenue generator because they will allow firms and institutions to run tests on it. Technologies such as alternative energy, smart grid ideas and advanced Wi-Fi networks will all be able to be tested in this test town.

This is a great idea. It is very innovative and can lead to some really great technologies that could benefit the entire world. I find the price to build this town fairly cheap, too. It will obviously create jobs, not only in construction, but maintenance and technical jobs to run the tests as well. Companies and universities will be able to pay Pegasus Global Holdings (the company in charge of the project) a fee in order to perform their tests. It solves a particular need that these firms and schools have, which is that they are able to do tests on small scale, but on a large scale it is sometimes very difficult to conduct such tests while being able to fully track and control the environment and results.

I see a lot of potential for this project. The U.S. military and other industries like the mining industry are likely to want to use this town for tests as well. If it goes well I would not be surprised to see more of these towns pop up in other places in the U.S. This seems like a win-win-win idea.