Aria’s Impressive Technological Innovations

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If you haven’t taken a close look at the Aria Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip, you might want to swing by and have a look if you are the type of person who enjoys witnessing a showcase for new and exciting technology. Aria is a marvel of ingenuity, and was described in Popular Mechanics as possibly “the most technologically advanced hotel ever built.”

Let’s take a closer look.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design

Aria is the largest hotel in the world to be awarded the LEED Gold certification. Put simply, LEED is a system of rating buildings for their “green” efficiency. So for example, things like power consumption and the use of ecologically friendly materials in construction.

Here is a small sample of some of the innovations put forth by the Aria Hotel and the CityCenter complex:

• Water conservation technology and programs that will save between 30% and 43% of water within the buildings and 60% in outdoor landscaping
• World’s first fleet of stretch limos powered by clean-burning compressed natural gas (CNG)
• Slot machine bases to serve as floor air-conditioning distribution units, cooling public spaces from the ground up in the occupied zones, rather than wasting energy by cooling the empty space below the ceiling
Smart Rooms
The 4004 rooms at Aria are capable of handling many different tasks automatically:
• Adjust curtains and play music when guests enter
• Turn off unused lights and electronics when a guest leaves
• Regulate the temperature when a guest enters or leaves a room
Guests actually have the option of saving their settings so that when they return, even if it is a year later, everything will be exactly as they left it.

In addition, technicians are working on a way to allow guests to control their room from afar, say through a phone app, such that guests could turn on their air conditioning before returning to their rooms so that when they do arrive, it’s already cold.

Heat Sensitive Wireless

Aria’s wireless system is formidable. Described as “heat sensitive,” the Wi-Fi network is able to read the density of activity on the network and boost Wi-Fi strength for parts of the grid that require more bandwidth. So if a huge fleet of busses filled with people desperate to check their email unloads at the front door, your phone’s internet is not going to struggle to keep up with the influx of new traffic.

The 3000-square-foot Data Center

Aria promotes choice – for both itself and the customer. Instead of having “static” machines that house one particular game, or even a collection of different games, Aria opts for variable “gambling stations” that are controlled from a 300-square-foot data center. Each station sports an HD screen, and what is on the screen depends entirely on what games happen to be popular. Anything can be put onto the screen. So if blackjack happens to be more popular that weekend, there will be more blackjack put onto these multi-purpose displays.

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