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LA bids to become America's smartest city

Mayor Eric Garcetti said the two sides are discussing how to empower Angelenos with new tools to make lives easier and communities stronger

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The city of Los Angeles wants to create a technology-first environment
The city of Los Angeles wants to create a technology-first environment

The city of Los Angeles is looking to team up with AT&T to help realise the ambition of making LA one of the “smartest” cities in America through traffic, public safety and disaster preparedness improvements.

 

To foster the creation of a smart city, LA and AT&T are holding talks regarding a public-private partnership. With Internet of Things (IoT) technology and support for the deployment of small cell technology, the carrier said it will work with the city on ways to address the problems that matter most to the people that live, work, and visit there.

 

Digital kiosks to digital infrastructure

 

To achieve this, the city is exploring the deployment of a variety of smart cities solutions ranging from digital kiosks to structural monitoring to digital infrastructure. According to AT&T the deployment of these technologies will benefit all neighbourhoods helping to provide better connectivity to the ones that have been traditionally left behind in the digital divide.

 

“Access to information is the foundation of equality, opportunity, and prosperity,” said Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti. “We are establishing unique partnerships as we deploy new networks and technologies across LA and we’re excited to be discussing with AT&T how to empower Angelenos with new tools that could make their lives easier and our communities stronger.”

 

To enhance existing voice and data capacity in LA, AT&T expects to deploy a greater number of small cells more rapidly to expand our existing network and begin deployment of a 5G network. With more than 222 petabytes of data running over the AT&T global network on a given day, small cells will proactively help meet the demands of customers in LA and around the world.

"We are establishing unique partnerships as we deploy new networks and technologies across LA"

Small cell technology also helps bring increased capacity to first responders. This is in addition to the increased coverage and capacity that FirstNet – the nationwide public safety communications platform dedicated to America’s first responders – is providing to the LA public safety community through the network’s Band 14 spectrum build and integration of assets from the Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System.

 

"We’re about to witness an evolution in public safety communications and first responders’ access to data. This is thanks to the advancements of the FirstNet network platform and the technologies that are being built upon it," said Maggie Goodrich, AT&T-FirstNet consultant and former CIO for the Los Angeles Police Department.

 

“The possibilities enabled by FirstNet can change the game for first responders in LA and across the country.”

 

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