UPDATE AT&T and the city of San José have signed a deal worth an estimated $1 million to extend WiFi coverage and build smart city infrastructure across 14 city parks, reported Enterprise IoT Insights. The objective of the deal is to close the digital divide, bring new efficiency gains to city operations, provide better lighting on streets and other public spaces, and improve public safety.
The telecommunications company plans to install smart infrastructure on the city’s street-lighting including 670 controllers, 550 LEDs, over 100 WiFi extenders for public internet access and 15 Small Cell nodes for new public city solutions.
“By taking a programmatic approach to smart cities deployments, cities can truly optimize their investments in technology. Our smart lighting controllers will help San José reduce energy usage and improve efficiencies across the city – a win for the community and the environment,” said Michael Zeto, vice president, and general manager of smart cities at AT&T.
AT&T is also contributing $200,000 to help local community organizations tackle the digital divide, giving seniors, youth, and under-represented groups access to devices and digital literacy training, reported Enterprise IoT Insights. Also, according to the carrier, they have invested $45.8 million in California from 2015 through 2017, via various ‘IoT-for-good’ giving programs statewide.
According to San José Mayor Sam Liccardo, ”Our public-private partnership with AT&T offers another example of how San José is working collaboratively with companies to improve our community and solve problems with technology.”
AT&T turned on 5G service in San José in April, making it one of nineteen cities with access to the next generation network in the U.S. Additionally, FirstNet services are already live in the city.
May 17, 2019