Bill Gates firm puts $80 million behind 'smart city' in Arizona

Gates sees the city, tentatively named "Belmont", as a chance to build information networking into the bedrock of any future development there. Belmont is planned to span 25,000 acres with space for 80,000 residential units.

The new city will be called Belmont, and sit across 39 square miles on a plot of land located 45 minutes west of downtown Phoenix, in an area called West Valley.

The proposed community, made up of close to 25,000 acres of land, is called Belmont. A place where residents can use their phones to reserve and get directions to a parking space.

Belmont Partners, one of the Microsoft founder's investment firms, has spent $80m (£61.1m) on buying and developing the new community near Tonopah, west of Phoenix.

Belmont, Arizona, which will house around 160,000 people in 80,000 homes, will embrace "cutting-edge technology" throughout the city, which is to be built on a desert area now occupied by just a few dozen people. But it's hardly the first-India, with its quickly growing population and rapid adoption of new technologies like artificial intelligence, has already been working to build "smart cities" with similar aims. And the infrastructure in Belmont will be built from the ground up to accommodate them.

"Belmont will create a forward-thinking community with a communication and infrastructure spine that embraces cutting-edge technology", firm representatives said in a news release, which will include "autonomous logistic hubs" and "new manufacturing technologies".

Ronald Schott, the executive emeritus at the Arizona Technology Council, not only hailed Gates' initiative but also noted that he picked the right spot for the community as the proposed Interstate 11 freeway running from Mexico to Reno, Nevada will run through the futuristic city.

The cofounder of the Microsoft Corporation plans to name the master-planned city Belmont, and "will transform a raw, blank slate into a purpose-built edge city built around a flexible infrastructure model", say Belmont Partners in their announcement.

Well, it's still not sure when the constructions of Bill Gates' high-tech smart city would commence. He's coming to Arizona, ' he told KPNX.

Vanessa Coleman

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