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AT&T's energy director to pioneer new M2M services

Iain Morris
April 22, 2014
US telecoms giant has appointed John Schinter its new assistant vice president of energy and smart buildings – a role that will see him take responsibility for the deployment of M2M and big data services targeting those markets.

Schinter has worked as energy director for AT&T (Dallas, TX, USA) since 2009 and will continue to have responsibility for overseeing company-wide energy management efforts despite his change in job title.

In a blog post on its website, the operator said Schinter’s new focus would be to develop M2M services aimed at improving facility equipment operational performance and reliability.

“Big data and machine-to-machine technologies are strategic tools that can be used in real estate operations to optimise equipment reliability and further accelerate our progress in responsible energy management,” said Mark Schleyer, senior vice president of corporate real estate at AT&T.

“With John Schinter leading our Energy and Smart Building work, AT&T will be even better suited to optimize our equipment operations and improve energy efficiencies that can positively impact AT&T’s network reliability, the environment and our bottom line,” he added.

AT&T says that over the next five to six years, Schinter will focus on driving technology transformation, deploying centralized real-time data analysis to support the reduction of AT&T’s real-estate footpring and identify potential efficiencies, and expanding alternative finance structures.

He will also work on expanding alternative and renewable energy – including solar and fuel cell – technology.

The operator says that under Schinter’s leadership it has implemented more than 14,300 energy efficiency projects that led to annualized savings of more than $151 million between 2010 and 2012.

“Such successes have been part of a company-wide focus on energy conservation,” said the operator in a statement.
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