AT&T Smart Cities has launched the DIA Smart Cities Living Lab powered by AT&T (Living Lab) in the City of Dallas. The Living Lab is a multi-phased smart cities project. The Dallas Innovation Alliance (DIA) is spearheading the project in collaboration with AT&T and other technology partners in the public and private sector.
For the past year, AT&T has collaborated with the DIA and the City of Dallas to unite some of the largest and most innovative IoT solution providers for the Living Lab project. AT&T points out that Dallas is now one of the first U.S. cities to feature an active living laboratory for showcasing smart cities technology.
“We applaud the Dallas Innovation Alliance for their commitment to advance transformative change in Dallas through the use of smart cities technology,” said Mike Zeto, general manager, AT&T Smart Cities. “Smart cities solutions have the potential to address many problems in a city, including infrastructure, safety and environmental. Having a holistic strategy is key. You must also assemble the right technology solutions and solution providers to address the current and future needs of the city. We’re lending our time, resources and support to help Dallas and the DIA bring their smart cities vision to life.”
Dallas is the fourth most populous metropolitan area in the U.S. and the fourth-largest employment center in the nation. However, this huge population and employment base make it difficult for the city to maintain the lifestyle and continue to offer the opportunities that originally drew residents to settle there.
The City of Dallas and the DIA intend to use the Living Lab pilot project to evaluate and measure the social and environmental impact of smart cities solutions. After months of planning, the first phase of the Living Lab project is now officially underway. According to AT&T, the project will help make the city more connected and sustainable.
“We could not be more thrilled to launch the first phase of the DIA Smart Cities Living Lab in Dallas’ historic West End,” commented Jennifer Sanders, executive director, Dallas Innovation Alliance. “This effort is the culmination of the hard work and dedication of our partners across the City of Dallas, civic, academic, corporate partners and the community. We are particularly grateful for the support and leadership of AT&T in making this vision a reality for Dallas. This is just the beginning, we look forward to deploying additional solutions in the DIA Smart Cities Living Lab this year, and rapidly expanding to other parts of the city.”
AT&T says it is offering secure, reliable connectivity for all the solutions featured in the Living Lab. The solutions include Intelligent LED Lighting, an Interactive Digital Waypoint, an Environmental Sensing Solution.
Intelligent LED Lighting
As part of a separate collaboration with Current powered by GE, the city will get brighter LED-based energy efficient street lights with intelligent controls, remote monitoring, and adjustment, as well as outage tracking.
Interactive Digital WayPoint
CIVIQ Smartscapes provided a WayPoint kiosk for the Living Lab to foster citizen engagement and access to city services. The CIVIQ hardware features a beautiful, interactive public WayPoint with integrated software and a highly secured virtual private network. CIVIQ designed the kiosk to help visitors and residents find their way around the city for particular points of interest, events, and shopping.
The kiosk also allows the public to access up-to-date information on public transit options, schedules, and routes, enabling more efficient city exploration. The WayPoint kiosk also provides free USB charging ports and offers access to City of Dallas non-emergency services.
Environmental Sensing Solution
Ericsson has installed an environmental sensor solution within the Living Lab framework. The Ericsson environmental sensing solution measures four different types of pollutants as well as temperature, humidity, atmospheric pressure and particulates (allergen levels). Additionally, Ericsson will give the DIA the ability to monitor environmental data via a web application using the Ericsson AppIoT Platform.
The environmental monitoring system analyzes high volumes of time-coded data from numerous sources.
The data collection and analysis must be a highly secure platform to ingest the data, apply common logic, and then make the data available to the city, the developer community, and all local stakeholders.
The DIA and AT&T plan to launch Phase 2 of the Living Lab later in the year. During the second phase, the DIA and AT&T intend to assess additional deployments of other smart cities solutions, and make enhancements to current services.
“Today, technology impacts every aspect of our lives. Being a smart city is not just about offering the latest products. It is about solving peoples’ problems through innovation and strategic planning,” said Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings. “The Dallas Innovation Alliance has provided a great platform to bring together entities across the city, partner with citizens and drive efforts to create a smart city environment for the benefit of Dallasites.”