Marble Arch Partners, LLC, a
private international technology development firm, is creating CITE to
be the largest scale testing and evaluation center in the world.
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
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.
These innovations, if brought forward to the point of manufacturing, are
essential for the United States to regain manufacturing superiority and
to train and put a highly experienced and well educated workforce back
to work — 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.
The planned initial core user application areas envisioned to be tested
and evaluated within CITE include, but are not limited to:
- 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 is 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.
At its core, CITE is about the establishment of developmental
partnerships, bringing researchers from federal, university, commercial,
international and other sources together to collaborate, forge
relationships, and channel funded research and development into
new products and partnerships.