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In a separate announcement, it also plans to be the first US carrier to light up 5G at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington
The city of Las Vegas is to pilot a smart lighting solution in its densely populated innovation district. Working with AT&T and Ubicquia, the city will use existing streetlight infrastructure to help improve public safety conditions for businesses, residents and visitors. It will also help reduce energy usage and improve operational efficiencies for the community.
As part of the six-month pilot, AT&T will replace existing photocells with Ubicquia’s Ubicell streetlight routers. This will create a smart lighting network in selected locations on Main Street, Las Vegas Boulevard, near the University Medical Centre and in residential areas.
AT&T will integrate its secure wireless LTE and LTE-M networks with Ubicquia’s smart lighting platform to improve lighting conditions based on schedules and traffic.
In near real-time, the platform can monitor energy usage and outages to improve streetlight maintenance. This will help reduce public safety concerns with prolonged or unreported light outages in areas of the community frequented by citizens and tourists.
“Safety and sustainability are priorities for the city of Las Vegas, and technology is playing a key role in creating safer and increasingly efficient communities,” said Michael Lee Sherwood, city of Las Vegas director of innovation and technology. “The city of Las Vegas is dedicated to improving the quality of life for residents and visitors, and we will continue to be on the cutting edge of new technologies that can help to accomplish that goal.”
“The City of Las Vegas pilot is a great example of how cities can utilise their existing streetlight infrastructure to improve safety and connectivity with their community, and easily deploy smart city technology that solves real problems”
The Ubicell will also connect to air quality sensors in selected areas to help provide near real-time information on changes in temperature, ozone and particulate levels based on time of day, traffic and construction. IoT technology will measure and monitor air quality in the downtown area, while also reducing energy used during the daytime hours.
Ubicquia is a member of AT&T’s Smart Cities Alliance programme which brings together technology leaders and industry organisations to better serve customers with end-to-end solutions.
“The City of Las Vegas pilot is a great example of how cities can utilise their existing streetlight infrastructure to improve safety and connectivity with their community, and easily deploy smart city technology that solves real problems,” said Ian Aaron, chief executive officer, Ubicquia.
AT&T also aims to be the first US carrier to light up 5G at one of the iconic AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. AT&T customers used more than 155 TB of mobile data – the equivalent of sending about 400 million selfies – last year alone at AT&T Stadium.
“Some hear 5G and just think it means faster connection speeds. However, it goes beyond that,” said Igal Elbaz, SVP Wireless Technology. “5G is expected to alter the in-stadium experience in dramatic, exciting ways by blurring the physical and digital experience in ways that are simply not possible on today’s networks.”
AT&T is the first US carrier to introduce a standards-based, mobile 5G network and device and plans for nationwide mobile 5G coverage by early 2020.
AT&T was recently criticised in press reports for making some Android mobile phones appear to use 5G services when they aren’t widely available. BBC.co.uk reported that a software update means icons used to display a connection’s status will, "in some situations", suggest a handset is on a 5G network. The report added: "Instead of being true 5G, the phones are using add-ons to existing 4G technology that seek to boost speeds.”
In a blog post in December, Kevin Petersen, senior vice president of device and network experiences, AT&T Mobility and Entertainment, explained that AT&T is currently offering 17 different devices capable of accessing 5G Evolution. These are identified by a “5G E” indicator pop-up on the screen. He wrote that initially this will roll out on “a handful” of devices, with more devices showing the indicator in spring 2019. He added that 5G Evolution is “an important set of technologies” that AT&T is rolling out while at the same time introducing standards-based mobile 5G. It plans to have nationwide 5G Evolution coverage by Spring 2019.
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