Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

AT&T sets up smart cities organisation

Steve Rogerson
September 15, 2015
US telecoms giant AT&T has formed a dedicated smart cities organisation to expand its position in this rapidly growing space.
“Similar to our connected car organisation, we've committed our resources and IoT expertise to create game-changing solutions for cities,” said Glenn Lurie, president and CEO of AT&T Mobility.
Using IoT technology, AT&T is already helping communities solve problems by connecting things such as utility meters, street lights and water systems. Smart city systems range from detecting speeding cars to conserving energy with motion sensor lights in parking garages, video monitoring and intelligent transportation.
Cities can save money, preserve natural resources, and build better relationships with their citizens. Two examples of these are smart lighting and smart water.
Maintenance crews can remotely manage a city's entire street lighting system. An app can show every faulty light in a city so that maintenance crews no longer waste time and fuel driving around town to find and replace broken bulbs. Cities can also help protect their water supply and prevent water waste. The technology uses sensors and acoustic technology to detect water pressure, temperature and leaks. Cities can use that data to make more informed decisions and extend the life of their water systems.
In addition to providing connectivity to industrial assets, AT&T is also providing cloud-based technology that provides real-time energy usage and management and allows a customer to prepay their electric bill.
"The surge of connected devices shows there are endless possibilities for building smart cities," said Lurie. "With more than 23 million connected devices globally, we're building IoT platforms that work together to help create a better, more sustainable world. We're working with leading ecosystem partners, existing smart city organisations (public and private) and research universities to create living labs in spotlight communities that demonstrate tangible benefits of connected cities.”
The AT&T foundry for IoT innovation centre in Plano, Texas, also helps foster collaboration to advance smart city technologies.
“By building on our long standing relationships with the municipalities, we will continue to play a leadership role in developing this important technology innovation that has far reaching socioeconomic impacts,” said Lurie.