AT&T starts innovation center in Israel


AT&T opened its latest AT&T Foundry innovation
center in Israel, together with Amdocs. The facility is a collaborative environment
where AT&T and technology providers work with start-ups and developers to
get the latest innovations and services into the hands of AT&T customers
more quickly.



The Israel center is the second permanent AT&T Foundry facility to open worldwide. It replaces a temporary facility where dozens of
collaborative projects have been underway since AT&T and Amdocs announced
plans to collaborate last July.



A permanent center hosted by Alcatel-Lucent opened in
Plano, Texas, in February. Work is ongoing in temporary facilities in Silicon
Valley and San Francisco, with a permanent center hosted by Ericsson planned to
open later this year in Palo Alto, Calif.



AT&T Foundry development tracks include
mHealth, HTML5, new ways to deliver rich media, advanced check-in and
location-based applications, and APIs – application programming interfaces that
make network services easily available to developers. Projects at the Ra’anana
center are enabling integrated mobile and wired broadband capabilities crossing
multiple screens, including smartphones, PCs, televisions and emerging devices.



The AT&T Foundry network is a collaborative
environment where AT&T researchers, key industry technology providers and
developers from all over the world innovate in new ways,” said John Donovan,
CTO of AT&T.



Project managers drive project development in 30- and
90-day sprints that allow us to cut the time required to evolve great ideas
into products and services by two thirds,” Donovan added.



Fostering innovation and bringing new ideas to our
customers is a key part of our strategic approach to deliver more business
value,” said Eli Gelman, president and chief executive officer of Amdocs
Management Ltd.



The team in Israel has deep ties with the startup
community and specializes in identifying unique technologies that can benefit
AT&T and their customers. It offers startups and developers the environment
to initiate and advance projects by providing technological expertise to make
their idea happen,” Gelman added.



As a startup company, having access to the right tools
and resources provided by the AT&T Foundry can make all the difference,”
said Efrat Barit, co-founder and CEO of Ringbow, the developer of the first
peripheral device for touch screens. AT&T and Amdocs understand the need
for speed in development, and they’re bringing the right people and technology
together to get things done quickly.”



The AT&T Foundry is a core component of AT&T’s
strategy to drive innovation, building on the resources of AT&T Labs and
AT&T’s crowd-sourcing platform, The Innovation Pipeline.



The company holds “speed dating” or “fast
pitch” proposal reviews to evaluate projects for inclusion in the program,
and anticipates more than 400 sessions to be held in locations across the globe
this year alone. Earlier this week, more than a dozen fast pitch meetings were
held at AT&T Foundry in Ra’anana in addition to a developer session calling
for device applications for AT&T’s U-verse® service.



By Team