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AT&T partners with GE for Atlanta smart city projects

AT&T is exclusive reseller for GE Current intelligent sensor nodes in U.S. and Mexico

AT&T may be moving much of its workforce out of Atlanta, but the company clearly remains committed to the city. This week at Mobile World Congress Americas, AT&T said it will collaborate with GE Current and Georgia Power to build an IoT platform to support Atlanta’s smart city transformation.

Two hundred sensors are being added to previously installed GE LED streetlights encompassing Atlanta’s North Ave Corridor, Buckhead Loop, MLK and Northside Drive, Joseph E Lowery Boulevard and the Atlanta City Government area. The fixtures are also equipped with wireless controls that allow city managers to dim, brighten and check maintenance on the lights remotely.

AT&T said it will use Current’s CityIQ sensors to help Atlanta address issues like traffic flow, parking optimization, and gunshot detection.

The combination of reliable LED lighting and gunshot detection sensors has the potential to increase citizen safety. AT&T has installed similar infrastructure in parts of Dallas, and local law enforcement officials have seen a significant drop in crime rates.

“The city of tomorrow requires collaboration across every layer of the public and private sector,” said Christine Primmer, Georgia Power’s smart cities strategic manager. “By digitizing our lighting assets with cutting edge technology like CityIQ, Georgia Power is further evolving our commitment to provide safe, reliable and valuable services in Atlanta and across every community in Georgia.”

Earlier this year, AT&T said it had been named GE’s exclusive reseller in the U.S. and Mexico for the company’s intelligent sensor nodes. GE benefits from AT&T’s longstanding relationships with municipalities, many of which have been AT&T wireline customers for decades. AT&T also owns millions of utility poles across the country, which could someday support sensor nodes.

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