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Peachtree Corners partners with Expo to unveil smart city testbed

The Georgia city will officially open its 5G-enabled test track and living lab, designed to help better understand how new technologies work in a suburban setting.

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Visualisation of the Peachtree Corners test track. Photo: PRNewsfoto/Sprint
Visualisation of the Peachtree Corners test track. Photo: PRNewsfoto/Sprint

The Curiosity Lab in Peachtree Corners, Georgia, has entered a strategic partnership with Smart City Expo Atlanta (SCATL) and will officially open its 5G-enabled autonomous vehicle and smart city living laboratory on the first day of the conference later this year.

 

Curiosity Lab is a publicly funded, real-world living laboratory and testbed featuring a 1.5 mile autonomous vehicle test track. The lab is situated within a 500-acre commercial office park located in Peachtree Corners and aims to help developers better understand how their technologies will work in a suburban setting.

 

Active community

 

The lab aims to offer companies the opportunity to transition unique, innovative technologies from controlled environments into an active community.

 

Additional infrastructure includes a network operations centre, smart poles, DSRC units, dedicated fibre and a 25,000 square foot tech incubator.

 

“Start-ups and mature companies around the world are interested in using the Lab’s test track to better understand how their technology operates in a suburban community with people working and living around them,” said Brian Johnson, city manager for Peachtree Corners.

 

“Our partnership with Smart City Expo Atlanta offers companies the opportunity to demonstrate their technology first-hand and jumpstart the Expo. It will also provide citizens and conference attendees a glimpse of what the future test site will look like.”

 

Conference attendees are invited to view live demos the morning of 11 September 2019 and can expect to see drones, autonomous vehicles and other innovative technologies moving about.

“Start-ups and mature companies around the world are interested in using the Lab’s test track to better understand how their technology operates in a suburban community with people working and living around them”

“As the Southeast’s largest and most advanced technology hub, Atlanta is a natural location for the development of IoT, mobility, and smart city technology,” added Aarti Tandon, co-founder and CEO of Smart City Expo Atlanta.

 

“Our partnership with Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners is a transformative way to exhibit real-world IoT technology in action and will help conference attendees visualise the future of their communities. We are thrilled to be working together on this cutting-edge demonstration.”

 

SCATL is the only US edition of the Smart City Expo World Congress held annually in Barcelona. The conference will bring together more than 2,500 attendees, 200 speakers and 50 exhibitors at the Georgia World Congress Centre from 11-13 September 2019 to discuss the state of smart cities and the technological trends driving their success.

 

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