Panasonic and Denver team to build “Peña Station NEXT” and DIA “Aerotropolis”

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Co. revealed details of Peña Station NEXT, a “smart city” development to be located near DIA. They announced the plans on Tuesday at the CES show in Las Vegas, the annual consumer electronics convention, which this year featured “smart city” technology. Peña Station NEXT will be the new headquarters of U.S. sales and engineering for Panasonic Enterprise Solutions. An analysis by the City of Denver predicts that the development will create between 300 and 400 jobs and yield $82 million in annual economic impact. Denver hopes that the project will jump start the regional “aerotropolis” concept for developing land around DIA, which voters approved in this November’s election. Peña Station NEXT will include a solar energy collection and battery storage carport system, a network of programmable LED street lights and on-street cameras, and video analytics technology for parking, traffic and security management. Residents also will be able to have real-time interaction with their doctors through in-home bio-metric reading and tele-medicine services.