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Entries filed under 'Connected World'

    A Smarter City is the Smartest Gift to Give

    February 9, 2017 12:08 PM by Jori Mendel

    I was at a friend’s birthday party recently and noticed something interesting about the presents he received from guests. The standard bottle of wine or tickets to a ball game don’t cut it anymore. The trendy gifts these days are gadgets that incorporate “smart” technologies, connect to your home and try to make life easier. You can speak to a radio to tell it to change the station, remotely lock the doors or turn off lights in your home and even buy an interactive refrigerator with touchscreen and internet access!

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    Food Waste + Tech = Reducing Emissions + Renewable Energy

    January 4, 2017 5:30 PM by AT&T

    Forty percent of the food produced in the U.S. ends up in landfills.* We know it means wasted food, but it also leads to excessive production of methane gas – a major contributor to the shrinking ozone layer.

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    GlobeScan Dialogues: Recognizing Leaders

    November 30, 2016 5:00 PM by GlobeScan

    An Interview with John Schulz, Director of Sustainability Operations at AT&T

    John Schulz is Director of Sustainability Operations at AT&T. In this role, John works across the business, with customers and with credible third parties to identify how AT&T products and services can be important solutions for pressing environmental and social problems. John began his AT&T career in the Corporate Real Estate group and migrated into leadership roles with the Energy and Corporate Sustainability organizations. GlobeScan Director James Morris recently spoke with John about the key challenges we are currently facing in the world and the technology solutions that AT&T can bring to the table from a citizenship and sustainability perspective.

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    Cutting-Edge Technology Could Help Our Earth: My Time at CTIA Super Mobility 2016

    October 11, 2016 11:06 AM by Tim Fleming

    My descent into Las Vegas last month was an important reminder of the imminent – but not inevitable – water crisis facing the United States. 

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    Our Summer with an EDF Climate Corps Fellow

    September 28, 2016 10:30 AM by Jori Mendel

    How do you measure the environmental impact of a smart city? It’s a central question for municipalities across the country that are looking for ways to make cities more efficient and resilient while delivering better services to their citizens. It is not, however, a question with a lot of clear answers – which is why we were so excited to work with Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) Climate Corps Fellow and MBA candidate at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Chandana Vangapalli, to help quantify savings associated with AT&T Smart Cities initiatives this summer.

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    5G Cellular Evolution: Why it Will be a Foundation for Smart Cities

    September 6, 2016 12:14 PM by Glenn Laxdal

    The power of connectivity is transforming all industries and forward-thinking cities.

    This digital transformation is driving the next generation of wireless access—5G—targeting commercial availability around 2020. Just as 4G/LTE technology enabled the explosion of smartphones, mobile applications, and mobile commerce, the evolution to 5G will enable rapidly growing, diverse services for both human and machine communications.

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    Managing Our Energy in an iCONic Way

    August 4, 2016 9:30 AM by John Schinter

    As a company that promotes technology to overcome obstacles and create solutions, AT&T is always looking for ways to apply our capabilities in addressing challenges associated with environmental sustainability.

    That is reflected in our goal to enable carbon savings 10x the footprint of our own operations by 2025. It is also seen in our efforts to use Internet of Things (IoT) technology to enable greater water management and even help with the creation of more environmentally efficient Smart Cities

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    AT&T Takes on AoT

    July 14, 2016 9:33 AM by AT&T

    By now, you’ve heard of IoT. You’ve probably heard of IIoT. But have you heard of AoT?

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    A Virtual Tour of a Cleaner, Safer, Stronger City

    July 6, 2016 2:28 PM by Tim Fleming

    Recently I found myself riding in a virtual helicopter looking down on a city of the future. Flying through the skyscrapers, I enjoyed a 360 degree view of a beautiful Tron-like cityscape. After checking out a sensor report from smart light post, I hopped into a self-driving car and zipped back to cybersecurity headquarters. All the while, my corporeal self was actually sitting in the AT&T Smart Cities booth in Austin, TX at the Smart Cities Innovation Summit

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    The Smart City Solution

    June 23, 2016 6:58 PM by John Schulz

    Today, 80 percent of us live in cities, an explosive growth in urbanization that shows no sign of slowing down. But what are the consequences of this rapid change — for us and for our planet? As our populations condense around cities, we face tremendous challenges and exciting opportunities to make city life better and more sustainable. The key? Make our cities "smart."

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