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AT&T and JBG Smith envision the site as a canvas for smart city innovation in industry clusters such as defence, cybersecurity, cloud/edge computing, IoT and AI.
National Landing, home to Amazon’s forthcoming second headquarters and Virginia Tech’s Innovation Campus, is set to become “the first 5G smart city at scale” in the US.
Having entered into a letter of intent, the first network infrastructure deployments are planned for the first half of 2022 and will expand with development of the community.
US wireless carrier AT&T and JBG Smith, owner and developer of high-quality, mixed-use properties in the Washington DC market, plan to work together to deliver one of the “most robust network infrastructure deployments in any urban environment”.
The companies claim 5G, with local area compute edges, could make National Landing a prototype for smart cities of the future and create a unified consumer experience across asset types. The area could also enhance offerings in mobility and self-driving vehicles, immersive retail and entertainment, and building automation and environmental sustainability, they report.
AT&T and JBG Smith envision National Landing as a canvas for smart city innovation in industry clusters such as defence, cybersecurity, cloud/edge computing, internet of things (IoT), and artificial intelligence (AI).
The robust technology infrastructure that is expected could give businesses, residents, and visitors the opportunity to connect everything and everyone in near real-time. These improvements could help transform engagement and experiences in National Landing for business and residents.
A combination of mmWave and sub6 5G spectrum will be enabled by an interconnected series of building side-mounts, street furniture, and underground network infrastructure. It will blanket this submarket spanning across Arlington and Alexandria, Virginia.
“We intend to build a true smart city from the ground up that will allow future innovators to use AT&T’s network to unlock new capabilities through city-wide edge solutions”
AT&T and JBG Smith anticipate the collaboration will further enhance the environment for innovators that are drawn to the neighbourhood’s walkable proximity to Amazon, Virginia Tech, the Pentagon, Boeing’s East Coast headquarters, and Reagan National Airport.
Proximity to Capitol Hill, the White House, and regulators also may give companies an opportunity to showcase how a 5G network and an open, interoperable technology ecosystem can unlock innovation for industry and government alike.
“The development of 5G, AI, cloud and edge technologies is helping usher in the next level of how technology can improve lives,” said Mo Katibeh, who leads AT&T’s Network Infrastructure and Build.
“This collaboration can be a blueprint for how digital infrastructure is deployed, and I am heartened by the prospects of the innovation this may unlock”
“Together with JBG Smith, we intend to build a true smart city from the ground up that will allow future innovators to use AT&T’s network to unlock new capabilities through city-wide edge solutions that can serve specific business locations and everyday users at home or on the go.”
He continued: “This includes enabling immersive virtual and augmented reality, and the massive IoT connections that will become a hallmark of National Landing as the most connected city in the country.”