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Smart cities living lab launched in Dallas

Historic Dallas West End now has intelligent LED lighting, environmental sensors and interactive digital kiosk

Dallas is one of the first US cities to have a living lab to showcase smart city tech
Dallas is one of the first US cities to have a living lab to showcase smart city tech

The Living Lab pilot will evaluate the social and environmental impact of smart city solutions

Dallas is among the eight cities participating in AT&T's Smart Cities spotlight cities initiative

AT&T’s smart cities momentum continues with the launch of the DIA Smart Cities Living Lab.


The Living Lab is a multi-phased smart cities project in Dallas, spearheaded by the Dallas Innovation Alliance (DIA) in collaboration with AT&T and other technology leaders in the public and private sector.


AT&T, a foundational partner for the DIA, used its smart cities framework to help the City of Dallas develop and apply a holistic strategy to address some of its most significant challenges. Dallas is among the eight cities participating in the AT&T Smart Cities spotlight cities initiative.


For the past year, AT&T has worked with the DIA and the City of Dallas to bring together some of the largest and most innovative IoT solution providers in the world. Dallas is now one of the first US cities to have an active living laboratory to showcase smart cities technology.


AT&T is providing secure, reliable connectivity for all the solutions featured in the Living Lab, which include interactive digital waypoints technology provided by CIVIQ Smartscapes, environmental sensors, deployed by Ericsson and intelligent LED lighting. Through a separate collaboration with Current powered by GE, the Living Lab footprint is brighter and more energy-efficient with many of its street lights converted to LED and featuring built in intelligent controls.


"We applaud the Dallas Innovation Alliance for their commitment to advance transformative change in Dallas through the use of smart cities technology," said Mike Zeto, general manager, AT&T Smart Cities.


He added: "Smart cities solutions have the potential to address many problems in a city, including infrastructure, safety and environmental. Having a holistic strategy is key. You must also assemble the right technology solutions and solution providers to address the current and future needs of the city. We’re lending our time, resources and support to help Dallas and the DIA bring their smart cities vision to life."


Dallas is the fourth most populous metropolitan area in the US. It is also the fourth largest employment centre in the nation. These factors helped create an environment challenged to maintain the lifestyle and opportunities that originally drew residents to the city.


The City of Dallas and the DIA share a strategic vision to use the Living Lab pilot as a way to measure and evaluate the social and environmental impact of smart cities solutions. After months of planning, the first phase of the Living Lab project is now officially underway, setting Dallas on the path of becoming a more connected, sustainable city.


"Today, technology impacts every aspect of our lives. Being a smart city is not just about offering the latest products. It is about solving peoples’ problems through innovation and strategic planning," said Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings. "The Dallas Innovation Alliance has provided a great platform to bring together entities across the city, partner with citizens and drive efforts to create a smart city environment for the benefit of Dallasites."


Phase 2 of the Living Lab is expected to launch later this year. During the second phase, the DIA and AT&T expect to evaluate additional deployments of other smart cities solutions, as well as make enhancements to current services.


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