AT&T Leads Innovation Alliance Poised to Bring Smart City Innovations to Dallas Neighborhoods

Staying ahead of the game in an ever-changing technological landscape takes concerted effort and intentional collaboration. Dallas’ business community, though it is unique, is no different than any other in recognizing this need.

The method in which the business community is choosing to address this important need, however, is. The public-private partnership that is the Dallas Innovation Alliance (DIA) allows both sectors to work together on necessary projects in order to create and deploy smart city solutions, fueled by Internet of Things (IoT) innovations. The overall purpose of their work is to accelerate sustainable economic growth and improve the quality of life for those who live in Dallas.

Five key collaborators came together to helm this alliance. Foundational partner AT&T, lead partner Cisco, pivotal partner Current, (powered by GE) and partners AECOM IBM, a community impact partner, are all important in the mission’s direction and leadership.

A scalable, smaller smart cities model allows the DIA to envision Dallas as a tapestry of communities that can be developed according to regional strengths. Innovation, sustainability and collaboration for future generations are its driving forces. AT&T participates in DIA as part of a national effort to lay framework for smart cities to better serve their citizens.

A presence of heavy-hitting and cutting-edge technology companies makes Dallas a clear choice for this kind of initiative, according to Mike Zeto, general manager of Smart Cities at AT&T, “Dallas is a clear choice for our involvement.”

Public and nonprofit sector members of this innovation alliance include the City of Dallas, Dallas Regional Chamber, Downtown Dallas, Inc., Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), Dallas 2030 District, the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Real Estate Council, and the Texas Research Alliance.

Jennifer Sanders, Dallas Innovation Alliance executive director, has also noted, “The DIA is grateful to its collaborators for their support in Dallas and, more broadly, for their continued commitment to leaving a lasting impact on Dallas through innovative technology and civic engagement.”

Solutions the alliance is currently working on include enhancing transportation by efforts to alert commuters in near real-time when the next bus or train will arrive; improvements to public safety by more effectively managing traffic patterns; efficiency initiatives via smarter streetlights; and use of sensors to help monitor crowds and air quality, connectivity enhancements via small cell technology in interactive kiosks and the implementation of waste management solutions.

Kate Morgan