Atlanta looks to attract IoT firms through new initiative
Metro Atlanta Chamber will work with Accenture and other partners to oversee and advise on strategy and direction for smart cities
Accenture, AT&T, General Electric and The Weather Company along with Atlanta Committee for Progress have jointly launched IoT.ATL, a new initiative to attract internet of things (IoT) companies and talent to metro Atlanta.
Under this initiative, the Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC) engaged Accenture to research the global market landscape and make recommendations for attracting, recruiting and retaining leading businesses and top talent in the field. Accenture will also continue to work with the chamber to oversee and advise on strategy and direction on two key areas such as intelligent transportation and smart cities.
“Metro Atlanta is on the cusp of becoming a global center for IoT innovation, one of the key industry sectors emerging as the next frontier for business. We’re committed to putting our resources towards driving growth in this critical sector,” said MAC president and CEO Hala Moddelmog.
The IoT.ATL executive committee, which will be chaired by AT&T Smart Cities General Manager Mike Zeto, also includes General Electric CIO Jim Fowler The Weather Company CEO Cameron Clayton, and Jim Bailey, senior managing director of Accenture Digital.
“Metro Atlanta is in a unique position to share the IoT innovation message globally, which is why the Metro Atlanta Chamber and senior leaders in the community decided to form IoT.ATL. Through its collaborative public and private sector ecosystem, Atlanta is beginning to drive its smart cities initiatives forward,” Zeto said.
The Atlanta metro region is home to Georgia Tech’s Center for the Development and Application of Internet of Things Technologies (CDAIT). Further, Georgia Tech and the City of Atlanta have launched a smart corridor pilot along North Avenue in downtown Atlanta activating more than 100 connected sensors at the street level to collect real-time data.