On Tuesday evening, Glenn Beck held a fascinating discussion with Bob Brumley, managing director of Pegasus Global Holdings, a private international technology development firm which is creating the largest testing and evaluation center in the world, right here in the U.S. -- and without government assistance.
The Blaze first posted about the project last month -- see that report here.
According to its website, The Center for Innovation, Testing and Evaluation (CITE) will be the first testing and evaluation facility of its kind dedicated to "enabling and facilitating the commercialization of new and emerging technologies." The site continues:
CITE will be modeled after a mid-sized modern American city, integrating real-world urban and suburban environments along with all the typical working infrastructure elements that make up today’s cities. This will provide customers the unique opportunity to test and evaluate technologies in conditions that most closely simulate real-world applications.
CITE will represent a 20th century American city with a population of approximately 35,000 people and be built on roughly 15 square miles. CITE’s test city will be unpopulated. This unique feature will allow for a true laboratory without the complication and safety issues associated with residents.
CITE will be a catalyst for the acceleration of research into applied, market-ready products by providing “end to end” testing and evaluation of emerging technologies and innovations from the world’s public laboratories, universities and the private sector.
According to the company, these innovations, if successfully manufactured, will provide a vital component to U.S. manufacturing viability and "superiority." It also promises to deliver jobs to a "highly experienced and well educated workforce" while at the same time "helping to change the environment for the better through commercialization of advanced innovations in energy, transportation, infrastructure, healthcare and the environment."
Just some of the planned areas CITE hopes to test and evaluate include are listed below:
- Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)
- Green Energy: Alternative Energy Power Generation (e.g. Geothermal, Solar)
- Smart Grid Technologies
- Resource Development (e.g. Desalinization)
As a privately-owned, privately-operated test and evaluation center, CITE also claims to be "open and accessible to a wide array of public and private customer segments – domestic and international."
"The structure and policies in place at CITE are specifically designed to remove legal, cultural and budgetary impediments as are currently prevalent in the process of moving beyond basic research and development activities."