AT&T expands IoT portfolio
- By Amanda Ziadeh
- Jan 19, 2016
AT&T recently rolled out a number of innovations for smart cities, including an Internet of Things smart city framework and a new set of IoT developer tools.
Working with a broad range of industry partners, AT&T is bringing its smart cities framework to Atlanta, Chicago and Dallas. While the company already supports connected utility meters, street lights and water system solutions, the new framework adds:
- Infrastructure services that allow cities to remotely monitor the conditions of the roads, bridges, buildings and parks so maintenance crews can easily detect areas in need of repairs or attention.
- Mobile applications, with real-time information about city services and traffic issues
- Transportation services including digital street signs for commuters about public transportation arrivals. The company also plans to build rentable electric bike stations across the city.
- Public safety solutions that address traffic patterns around stadiums, parks and busy intersections and that deploy gun fire detection technology to let law enforcement know where a shooting occurred.
AT&T’s Smart City Network Operation Center features a digital dashboard that will show how these assets are performing in near-real time, in addition to showing information on power outages, water leaks and traffic issues.
In order to help developers build IoT apps, AT&T announced commercial availability of AT&T Flow Designer cloud-based prototyping tools, to help developers in various fields easily create IoT applications.
The Flow Designer offers features like AT&T Flow Edge, which allows apps built in the designer to run both at the network edge and in the cloud, and AT&T M2X Context to allow users to set rules for what kinds of data should reach specific groups of users.
A&T is also working to connect its IoT data from its solutions to Salesforce’s Customer Success Platform to integrate technology services and make it easier for users to route service requests, cases and tickets through pre-built workflows.
Amanda Ziadeh is a former reporter/producer for GCN.