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Hillwood establishes AllianceTexas Mobility Innovation Zone

Posted Aug. 1, 2019

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AllianceTexas is home to an intermodal rail facility and other transportation assets.

Hillwood is leveraging its AllianceTexas multimodal development to create a cutting-edge center of innovation that will be a global catalyst for the future of mobility.

AllianceTexas is the company’s 26,000-acre master-planned development and inland port in Fort Worth, which is home to Fort Worth Alliance Airport, BNSF Railway’s Alliance Intermodal Facility, FedEx Southwest Regional Sort Hub, Amazon Air’s newest regional air hub, and more than 500 global and regional brands.

The company plans to collaborate with its anchor corporations, future customers, policy makers, regulators, entrepreneurs, and academic institutions to develop a first-of-its-kind mobility innovation “do-tank” for partners to develop, test, scale and commercialize advanced mobility technology and business models.

“Dallas-Fort Worth is regarded as one of the world’s premier transportation hubs, and for the last 30 years AllianceTexas has played a significant role in the region’s growth and success,” said Ross Perot Jr., chairman of Hillwood, developer of AllianceTexas. “With more than 500 corporations in residence at AllianceTexas, including many of the world’s leading transportation and logistics companies, the development continues to be an epicenter of growth and ingenuity that will provide top innovators with everything they need to succeed, from transportation infrastructure to world-class amenities, and access to a highly skilled workforce.”

Hillwood has engaged Deloitte’s Future of Mobility Global Practice team to develop the strategic direction, business model and operating platform for the AllianceTexas Mobility Innovation Zone. Through this collaboration, AllianceTexas will lead the nation in smart infrastructure and serve as a convening place for stakeholders throughout the innovation lifecycle.

Home to the Federal Aviation Administration’s Southwest Regional Headquarters, AllianceTexas offers a fully integrated testbed unlike anything else in the country with direct access to inland port anchors as well as a FedEx Ground Sort Hub, two UPS Sort Hubs, major corporate anchors including Fidelity Investments and Charles Schwab, and more than 162 miles of major arterial, state and federal highway systems.

By providing the infrastructure for multi-modal transportation, AllianceTexas is positioned to support the testing of innovative aerial and surface technologies to move both freight and people within a self-contained environment.

“Creating the Mobility Innovation Zone is the next step in the natural evolution of AllianceTexas,” said Mike Berry, president of Hillwood. “With a solid transportation foundation already in place and our knowledge of new technologies being developed for the future of mobility, AllianceTexas is the perfect location for the first fully-integrated mobility testbed. Our team is proactively working with customers and regulatory agencies to form strategic coalitions to lead the nation in smart infrastructure deployment.”

Among its 500-plus corporate residents, AllianceTexas has attracted some of the world’s most globally-recognized transportation and logistics brands, all of whom are exploring new technologies for freight mobility. Initially, AllianceTexas will foster innovation across the supply chain from the intermodal hub to distribution centers and finally end-users, ultimately driving the automation process. Using the existing infrastructure at AllianceTexas, each of these movements can be tested and eventually integrated using autonomous vehicles and technologies.

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