As per recent reports, AT&T and the City of San José have reportedly decided to extend their ongoing partnership with a million dollar investment deal to help close the digital divide and leveraging smart city solutions to address some critical community issues.
AT&T Inc., a Dallas, Texas-based leading telecommunications company, is reportedly deploying smart cities solutions across 14 parks in San José, to improve the quality of lighting, along with expanding the city’s public safety capabilities and reducing the city’s energy consumption. These smart city solutions incorporate, 670 smart lighting controllers and 550 LEDs that will help improve lighting quality, reduce energy costs, and decrease environmental impacts; 100+ Wi-Fi extenders to provide public Wi-Fi connectivity; and 15 Digital Infrastructure nodes that will help improve public safety.
Additionally, AT&T has also announced its support to the San José community by donating $200,000 to help local community organizations tackle the digital divide. The move is aimed at seniors, youth, and underrepresented groups to benefit them from resources, which includes digital literacy training and access to devices.
“Our public-private partnership with AT&T offers another example of how San José is working collaboratively with companies to improve our community and solve problems with technology,” stated Sam Liccardo, Mayor of San José. “Together we’re working to close the digital divide, improve lighting and public safety in our parks, and minimize our environmental impact along the way.”
“By taking a programmatic approach to smart cities deployments, cities can truly optimize their investments in technology,” stated Michael Zeto, VP & GM, Smart Cities, AT&T. “Our smart lighting controllers will help San José reduce energy usage and improve efficiencies across the city – a win for the community and the environment.”