As well as smart city applications, the hub will provide shared wireless infrastructure for a multimedia digital city experience
American Tower has entered into a global alliance with Citybeacon to co-develop a multifunction smart hub that incorporates wireless infrastructure for multiple mobile network operators. The announcement was made at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.
The companies are developing a connected smart hub that enables smart city applications and provides shared wireless infrastructure for a complete, multimedia digital city experience.
According to the alliance, the product addresses two critical needs in urban markets: mobile network densification through small cell technology; and access to numerous new digital amenities and services for cities and their citizens.
“The goal at Citybeacon is to bridge the gap between the digital and physical world. The alliance with American Tower will provide a complete digital city solution that will include the ability to provide wireless broadband, the backbone of connected technology and a key requirement for any smart city,” said Arthur Van De Poll, CEO of Citybeacon.
“Citybeacon has gained great traction with cities in Europe and Asia, including our support at the upcoming Asian Games in the City of Palembang, Indonesia. We are excited to work with American Tower to accelerate the digital transformation of cities in the US and worldwide.”
The smart hub is designed for cities to communicate with citizens more effectively, ensure the safety and security of public spaces, use data to enable smarter decision-making and provide reliable and robust connectivity.
The open platform enables a variety of city and commercial applications, such as Internet of Things (IoT) sensors for environmental monitoring, information station for visitors, local or state-wide announcements, targeted digital advertisements, emergency services and, now with the alliance, wireless infrastructure for multiple mobile network operators.
“This alliance with Citybeacon supports our urban strategy to provide more prime, street-level site locations for mobile network operators, as they densify their networks and transition to 5G and beyond,” added Steven Marshall, president, US Tower, a division of American Tower Corporation.
“Network densification in cities is, and will continue to be, a focus for our customers. This innovative solution provides wireless real estate, hiding in the form of a streamlined multifunction smart hub, to be deployed quickly and efficiently.”
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