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AT&T launches structural monitoring system

AT&T is launching a structural monitoring system for US railways and roads.

AT&T said that it is currently testing the new system, which comes in addition to its existing ‘smart cities’ work with several US cities.

The company pointed out that almost half of US bridges are more than 50 years old and that organizations normally rely on visual inspections but that many structures are in remote locations, making regular assessment difficult.

Many of the remote monitoring alternatives use older technology solutions that are bulky and not suited for the long-term, said AT&T. It said that it is set to deliver a solution that will enable teams to monitor structural and environmental factors remotely in near real time.

"Safety is a top concern of citizens and cities alike. This concern extends beyond the realm of crime and natural disasters. It also includes the safety of our infrastructure," said Mike Zeto, general manager, AT&T Smart Cities.  "We're pleased to test this solution, which will allow for smart infrastructure analysis and monitoring.

With AT&T Smart Cities Structure Monitoring, selected infrastructure will receive AT&T LTE-enabled sensors for remote monitoring of structural factors. 

AT&T launched its Smart Cities organization in the fall of 2015. Since then, it has worked closely with cities to understand key challenges and help them create solutions. It has formed strategic alliances with technology companies, the developer community and other organizations. An example of the collaboration is its spotlight city program, which tests the framework in select cities and municipalities across the country. 

Atlanta was one of the first cities to join the spotlight city program. AT&T is working with the local utility to transform the city's existing lighting infrastructure into a sensor-enabled data network.  To date, two hundred sensors have been added to previously installed LED streetlights encompassing key areas in the city. The sensors are intended help Atlanta address issues such as traffic flow, parking optimization and gunshot detection. 

 

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This article was published on 10 Jan 2018 (last updated on 10 Jan 2018).

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