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Bill Gates invests in a “smart city”

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Bill Gates, Microsoft founder and co-chairman of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, speaks during a press conference in Doha on April 13, 2016
Microsoft mastermind Bill Gates is to receive $50 million from the Qatar Development Fund for his foundation. The money will go towards a $2.5-billion fund developed jointly by the Islamic Development Bank and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Belmont Partners, one of the investment companies controlled by Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, has just invested 80 million dollars (68.5 million Euros) in the construction of a “smart city” in the world. ‘Arizona.

Bill Gates’s ambition is to put technology at the service of the city
Eventually, on the ground of 10,100 hectares acquired by Belmont Partners, should be born a “smart city” named Belmont. According to the project, 1,500 hectares should be dedicated to office buildings and shops. 190 hectares will host schools and 200,000 hectares will be dedicated to housing. The project also provides for “a flexible infrastructure model”, but the firm does not detail how it will be for the moment.

“Belmont will create a forward-thinking community with, at its core, communications and infrastructure built with the latest technology. These will be based on high-speed digital networks, data centers, new manufacturing and distribution technologies, autonomous vehicles and autonomous logistics centers , “reads the announcement announcing the project.

A “smart city”: a project with a definite economic interest
Belmont will be a 45-minute drive from Phoenix, Arizona’s main city. For Bill Gates, this is ideal as Interstate-11 between Phoenix and Las Vegas, whose project has been stopped, will pass through Belmont.

If Bill Gates is interested in “smart cities”, it is not a coincidence. These are not only cities with reduced environmental footprint (optimized urban travel, preference for “soft” transport, continuous and automated data collection on the state of the city in all aspects (road traffic, presence of Finally, once the initial phase of implementation has been completed, the operation of a city based on these technologies will lead to significant savings and generate new levers. growth, and thus stimulate economic exchanges.

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