AT&T’s Smart Cities Solution To Include Monitoring Of U.S. Infrastructure

Telecommunications giant AT&T has disclosed that it is currently undertaking tests of a new monitoring solution for structures aimed at improving the safety of infrastructure in the United States. This will include railways and roadways.

Currently infrastructure in the United States is ageing with close to half of all bridges in the currently more than half a century old. With organizations being reliant on visual inspections it is not easy to undertake regular assessments on the state of the railways and roadways especially since many are located in remote places.

While there are some remote monitoring alternatives these use older technologies that are inconvenient and bulky. To solve these shortcomings AT&T is aiming to deliver a solution known as Smart Cities Structure Monitoring which will be capable of monitoring environmental and structural factors remotely and almost in real time.

Smart Cities Structure Monitoring

Initially selected infrastructure will be equipped with the Smart Cities Structure Monitoring solution which comes with LTE-enabled sensors that measure things such as tilts and cracks. The sensors also have alert triggers as well as email alerts. Not only is the solution expected to enhance safety and planning but it is also expected to lower operational costs since there will be a reduced number of manual inspections required.

AT&T’s announcement of a new monitoring solution for structures comes in the wake of a planned deal between the telecommunications giant and Chinese smartphone maker Huawei to sell handsets through the carrier falling apart. According to sources the number two wireless carrier in the United States backed off from the deal due to security concerns.

Huawei Mate 10 Pro

Last year on December 20, a committee of the U.S. Congress sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission saying it had concerns over the plans by Huawei to sell consumer products via a major wireless carrier. Eighteen lawmakers signed the letter which was sent to the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai. In the letter the committee mentioned concerns it had with regards to Chinese espionage and the role of Huawei.

Consequently Huawei has indicated that Mate 10 Pro, its flagship smartphone, will still be available to consumers in the U.S. but only through open channels.

“This makes it very difficult for Huawei to get significant in the U.S. as the open channels account for only about 10-11 percent of the market,” Mo Jia an analyst at Canalys said in reference to the sales channels outside of wireless carriers as well vendors’ own stores.

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