Ericsson joins AT&T Smart Cities Alliance

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Ericsson announced it has joined AT&T Smart Cities Alliance, an industry collaboration from AT&T and a number of technology companies to build smart and sustainable cities using Internet of Things (IoT) innovations.

The alliance will deploy information and communications technology (ICT) to improve citizens’ lives where they work and play.

The alliance will support AT&T’s new smart cities framework, which is aimed at helping cities better serve their citizens.

The framework will be deployed in several U.S. cities with a focus on infrastructure, citizen engagement, transportation and public safety. The alliance members and local universities will work together to build smart city environments called “spotlight cities.”

Both companies also announced field trials for Connected Water solutions in Atlanta.

The trials will enable the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, an organization dedicated to protecting water in the Chattahoochee River Basin, to remotely monitor the quality of the city’s water, which is the source of drinking water for more than four million people.

Ericsson supports smart city initiatives by delivering intelligent infrastructure connectivity supporting latest technologies like 4G/LTE. The company mainly focuses on three areas: safety, transportation and utilities/energy, which make up 65 percent of its “smart” spend. The company has also invested in IoT research to develop sustainable solutions for the cities.

Rajani Baburajan

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