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NTT Group and Dell launch smart cities initiative

A secure and distributed platform will create and deploy micro data centres in proximity to sensors around a city

If successful in Las Vegas the solution will be rolled out in other US cities
If successful in Las Vegas the solution will be rolled out in other US cities

The NTT Group has expanded its partnership with Dell Technologies to include smart city initiatives. The companies will be collaborating on the first smart city public safety proof-of-concept with the City of Las Vegas as part of the city’s digital transformation.


NTT Group, one of the biggest information and communication technology companies in the world that encompasses NTT Data, NTT Communications and Dimension Data, believes smart cities are the natural evolution in public safety that should make full use of next-generation sensors, ultra-high definition cameras and other forward-reaching technologies.


The new NTT Group solution is a secure, distributed platform that will create and deploy micro data centres in proximity to sensors around a city. These centres will use advanced analytics for delivering real-time data to the locations where the data can provide the most value.


Predictive and diagnostic analytics at the edge will only send data indicating an incident has occurred or needs investigation back to the core data centre, minimising data transport volume and time.


The smart city solution is built on NTT Group’s Cognitive Foundation architecture, which enables remote creation, management and operation of information and communications technology resources, from devices and networks to the cloud. It will also combine Dell EMC hyperconverged infrastructure and IoT gateways and VMware vCloud NFV platform hosting predictive analytics applications.


Once the proof-of-concept is complete, it will allow for proactive data analytics to improve safety. With a robust and scalable infrastructure supporting video situational awareness and sensor data, the city can take advantage of machine learning to improve response times for public safety incidents. After a successful proof-of-concept in the City of Las Vegas, NTT Group is planning to introduce additional similar initiatives in other US cities.


“Our collaborative approach is unique, and we are delighted to partner with the city of Las Vegas and Dell Technologies to help ensure citizens are safe and critical resources are deployed when needed,” said Jun Sawada, CFO, NTT and CEO, NTT Security. "We’ve brought together NTT Group’s Cognitive Foundation and Dell Technology’s powerful micro data centres to focus on public gathering areas and event venues. This powerful combination facilitates effective and efficient rapid response services,” Sawada said.


Michael Lee Sherwood, director of information technologies, City of Las Vegas said the Innovation District in downtown Las Vegas was designed to be a proving ground for new technologies, and this latest interest by NTT Group and Dell Technologies will continue its efforts to become a smart and connected community. “By leveraging innovative technologies the city will be able to enhance service delivery while helping to keep the public safe and connected,” he said.


NTT Group will introduce the advanced Smart City solution for the digital society era at Dell Technologies World 2018.


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