Progress Reported on D.C. Area Advanced 5G-powered Smart City


Mixed-use property developer JBG Smith, headquartered in Washington, D.C., has selected Plano, TX-based Fortress Solutions as a partner for end-to-end facilities management services for its fiber optics, edge data center, and 5G infrastructure. Located across from National Landing in the Washington D.C. metro, it is described as “the U.S.’ first 5G smart city at scale,” according to Smart Cities World.

Fortress Solutions will provide design and implementation services as well as operate and maintain the edge data center facilities for JBG Smith. The developer will deploy an advanced digital infrastructure that aims to deliver seamless connectivity and fuel innovation and new business models in Industry 4.0.

In doing so, Fortress along with JBG Smith, will be delivering colocation capabilities, ultra-low latency 5G communications, and dark fiber connections to support carrier networks, IoT devices, and next generation artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, and robotics applications.

According to JGB Smith, this network will enable a world-class digital infrastructure for JBG Smith’s corporate, residential, and retail tenants within National Landing.

Fortress will play a key role in supporting JBG Smith’s customers, including its partnership with AT&T to deploy and operate a ubiquitous outdoor 5G network in National Landing. JBG Smith delivered the first phase of the converged digital infrastructure platform last year, with 5G small cell infrastructure expected to be on air in the first half of 2023.

“This partnership with Fortress Solutions gives JBG Smith tremendous operational support to deliver on the power of converged digital infrastructure and seamless network operations in National Landing, providing leverage for entrepreneurs, universities, and global technology companies to deliver digital transformation across both their digital landscape and built environment,” said Adam Rashid, JBG Smith SVP, investments and lead of the digital infrastructure.

“We’re thrilled to be a major player in creating the first 5G smart city at scale with JBG Smith,” added Fortress Solutions CEO John Shelnutt. “Fortress is excited to bring our suite of managed services to implement and operate this state-of-the-art data center that’s enabling the convergence of 5G, cloud and IoT services bringing the emergence of smart cities to full production.”

National Landing is in Virginia just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., adjacent to Reagan National Airport and minutes from the Pentagon. National Landing is one of Virginia’s largest walkable downtown areas – blending city living and urban outdoors. National Landing comprises three neighborhoods including Crystal City, Pentagon City and Potomac Yard. National Landing is home to the Pentagon, Boeing’s global headquarters, Virginia Tech’s Innovation Campus, and Amazon’s second global headquarters. 

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