The two companies will focus on intelligent lighting at the cornerstone of smart city projects in the U.S. and Mexico.
A new partnership between AT&T and GE Current will extend AT&T’s smart city framework with GE’s Predix IoT platform. The two companies are targeting smart city projects in the U.S. and Mexico, with an initial focus on outdoor LED lighting.
Smart LED streetlights will be used to create a digital infrastructure that will expand to include public safety, air quality monitoring, smart parking and traffic flow, the companies said.
“Intelligent lighting plays a huge role in a smart city,” said Chris Penrose, president, Internet of Things Solutions, AT&T. “Our collaboration with Current will enable us to use a city’s existing lighting infrastructure to more securely connect sensor-enabled networks. This will put them on the path to becoming a smarter, more sustainable city.”
AT&T was named the exclusive reseller of Current’s intelligent sensor nodes, and Current will use AT&T’s Smart Cities framework to provide end-to-end software and hardware to bring cities and the industrial IoT together.
Currently the two companies are working together with the City of San Diego to upgrade the city’s outdoor lighting to a smart lighting network. AT&T will provide connectivity and serve as a connectivity-as-a-service partner for the Predix platform. The upgrade is expected to save San Diego $2.4 million annually.