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Build it and they will come. Build it faster than your competitors – and they will rush.

The machine-to-machine/connected devices (M2M/CD) AT&T Foundry is a place where we collaborate with customers and use technology to quickly solve some of the toughest business challenges. Since opening for business one year ago, the M2M/CD team at the AT&T Foundry in Plano, TX, has proved it can turn problems into solutions – and solutions into physical prototypes – faster than ever before. Whether helping to boost Wi-Fi coverage at one of the most sophisticated stadiums in the world, or bringing intelligence and connectivity to the humble trash bin, our experts are pushing the limits of innovation.

How quickly? Think days.

For example, in just a few days this summer, the M2M/CD team prototyped a unique Wi-Fi antenna enclosure for AT&T Stadium seats closest to the field.  The enclosures – 3D printed in part at the AT&T Foundry – will improve the wireless experience during stadium events. Our Wi-Fi experts are installing those systems now.  Soon, streaming or downloading video and sharing the fan experience from your mobile device will be better than ever.

Innovating quickly is standard procedure for AT&T Foundry Director Craig Lee and his team. M2M/CD engineers and software developers mocked up and built a “smart” recycle bin in just five days, going from an idea and a plain plastic bin to a fully connected, beeping, tamper-resistant prototype that sends data to the cloud. The bin can wirelessly alert a dispatcher when it’s full and, just as important, when it’s not, saving unnecessary trips.

Hardware and software innovation coupled with speed is what sets us apart. The sooner we can get new technology into our customers’ hands, the sooner they can provide those technologies to their customers.

Whatever the idea, we’ve got it covered. Whether it’s a state-of-the-art 3D printer that can print complex physical components, a circuit board printer, or a wireless signal tester, we can quickly turn just about any idea into a reality. No need to send blueprints off to third-party manufacturers – eliminating weeks or even months of wait time for a physical prototype. We have the skilled staff that knows how to turn those machines into engines of innovation.

That’s an advantage that changes the way we do business along with the research-and-development process. We have the power to revolutionize today’s connected world – and do it faster than anyone.

Igal Elbaz
Igal Elbaz Vice President - Ecosystem and Innovation, AT&T Services, Inc.