AT&T® and Cisco® Collaborate on Technology Solutions for Smart Cities

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AT&T® and Cisco® are now on a tie-up and are looking to integrate the networking giant’s Kinetic for Cities platform into select Smart Cities technology solutions of AT&T®. The Telco’s Smart Cities Operations Center provides close to real-time info on current activity in a city and collects data generated from several points and civic departments around a city into a customized and centralized dashboard.

“When a city’s data is harnessed, analyzed and acted upon—securely in near real-time—it opens up a world of opportunities,” said AT&T® Smart Cities General Manager Mike Zeto. “With our strategic alliance members, we’re delivering solutions that will give city leaders meaningful insights into the communities they serve. This can mean improved quality of life for citizens.” The addition of the cloud-based platform of Cisco® will boost AT&T® SCOC.

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“Cities today are looking to unlock the value of the data being generated by connected machines, things and spaces,” said Cisco’s Global President of Smart+Connected Communities, Anil Menon. “Cisco® Kinetic for Cities is purpose-built to harness the power of all that data to drive smart city initiatives forward. Together with AT&T® we want to help bridge the disparities between connected devices, people, and processes to simplify operations, enable new revenue sources, and allow leaders to be more responsive to citizen needs.”

According to AT&T® utilizing the Kinetic platform of Cisco® to extract, compute, and transfer Internet of Things data will bring more uses for data. As an example of utilizing IoT data, AT&T® points out connected parking meters as a means to help drivers find available parking space, help third-party parking application providers monetize the extracted data, and the city planners utilize the same to understand the traffic patterns through peak data usage times.

“One data point — parking meter availability — can be utilized by multiple parties to deliver many different services. The same possibilities apply to smart lighting, urban mobility, water metering, safety and security, and many other city services,” explained AT&T®. The fastest internet provider also announced that Portland City would be testing two AT&T® solutions, namely Smart Cities Structure Monitoring and Smart Cities Digital Infrastructure, in the days to come. “We’ll use AT&T® Digital Infrastructure with Current, powered by GE’s CityIQ, to transform some existing lighting infrastructure into a sensor-enabled data network. The sensors will help Portland address issues like traffic flow and parking,” officials added.

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