LTE ready detectors will monitor pruning and cracks, sending automatically generated alerts as required. Technology should make our lives safer, our communications faster, our cities better places to reside in. Those are the perspectives of the world’s biggest telecommunications company AT&T, this week reinforced its smart cities vision with a distant LTE based monitoring system for both rails and roads. 

As part of its ongoing Smart Cities initiative, AT&T this week launched its digital infrastructure solution, which will attach LTE empowered detectors to monitor pruning and cracks, delivering alert triggers automatically when important events are detected. 

AT&T joined forces with Cisco, Deloitte, Ericsson, GE, IBM, Intel, and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. To supports its network systems, after starting its Smart Cities job in 2015. Since that time, the United States based conglomerate established spotlight cities in Chicago, Dallas and Atlanta, the Georgia Institute of Technology. Sand extraction endangered the stability of Hintze Ribeiro bridge in Portugal, leading to its total collapse in the year 2001 when the bus drove it through a storm. 

Vehicles plummeted to a fast flowing river and 59 individuals lost their life in a catastrophe. The concrete and steel construction was one hundred years of age and nothing has been done to prevent the disaster happening. 

Today’s bridges continue to be monitored for safeness using intermittent visual inspections by human experts. With the rampant urbanization characterizing the 20th and twenty first hundreds of years, nearly 50% of bridges in the united states are now more than 50 years of age. 

Hard-to access structures throw up difficulties for routine security checks, and an overload of data may all too frequently leave the governing bodies overwhelmed by unstructured information. Urban citizens are left waiting for the next Grenfell tower scenario. 

Security is a top concern of cities and citizens alike. This problem goes beyond the realm of crime and natural disasters. It also includes the security of our infrastructure, stated Mike Zeto, general manager of AT&T Smart Cities. 

We are pleased to test this solution, that will allow for smart infrastructure analysis and monitoring. Monitoring solutions like the ones out of AT&T should vastly improve security and planning within urban development of the future. Authorities and organizations will be capable to remotely monitor the physiological conditions of constructions, with computers alerting human controllers to anomalies presenting possible risk to life. 

In the long run, hundreds or even thousands or millions of lives may be spared out of construction collapse tragedies. Additionally, the need for fewer human inspections can lower operational costs. In Feb last year, the telecoms giant announced it’d use detectors made by GE offshoot Present to connect cities across the united states and Mexico. 

GE’s Predix powered IoT platform will use Light-emitting diode lights to monitor traffic flow, weather and air quality, as well as optimise parking and assist crime detection by documenting rifle shots. Intelligent lighting plays a big part in a smart town, stated Chris Penrose, President of Internet of Things Solutions, AT&T.


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