smart cities

US telecommunications company AT&T is broadening its global footprint with its smart cities framework with the addition of Southern Company and Hitachi to its alliance.Last month, the telecoms company launched its smart cities framework with new strategic alliances, spotlight cities, and integrated vertical solutions – with Southern Company and Hitachi as new additions.

AT&T has also highlighted Montgomery County, Maryland and Chapel Hill in North Carolina as two cities for smart city development. Deloitte has also been named as a project partner.

Isiah Leggett, county executive of Montgomery County, Maryland said: “As we plan for the future of transit in Montgomery County, we're actively working with partners to build a cutting-edge system that will serve our residents for decades.

"This collaboration with AT&T and Deloitte will provide the resources to explore futuristic possibilities which would have been difficult to accomplish alone and builds on our existing internet of things programs."

According to a company release, the Town of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, is entering into a new agreement with AT&T to be one of the 2016 Spotlight City Pilots. AT&T will work with the city on a mix of projects including retail, public transit and parking, college student activities, and entertainment venues.

The Town of Chapel Hill will make use of AT&T’s partner offerings such as smart lighting solutions, parking sensors, public venue options and transit.

Scott Clark, CIO of the Town of Chapel Hill commented: “The collaborative project will utilize the Internet of Things and advanced analytics to increase safety on several levels as well as enhance services provided to citizens.”

AT&T smart cities framework

Southern Company, an US electric utility provider is the first utility to join AT&T smart cities alliance.

[quote] Thomas A. Fanning, chairman, president and CEO of Southern Company said that the company’s collaboration with AT&T will bear “new technologies that will improve customers' quality of life and support thriving communities – all while using electricity more productively.”

As its newest commercial partner, Japanese multinational conglomerate, Hitachi will work with AT&T to help solve issues that affect quality of life in cities and at universities.

Joel Hurley, senior vice president, Energy Solutions, Hitachi Consulting said: "We are pleased to join AT&T and other industry leaders in the development and delivery of new solutions that help municipalities address energy and sustainability challenges.”

Mike Zeto, general manager and executive director, AT&T Smart Cities added: "More and more cities are realizing the impact IoT solutions can have on improving the lives of their citizens.

"Through our strategic alliances with companies like Southern Company and Hitachi, we're well positioned to help cities address problems, as well as create new opportunities, in their communities."