AT&T in Talks with Los Angeles on Smart City, Public-Safety Initiatives
Thursday, September 13, 2018 | Comments

AT&T and the city of Los Angeles are in talks regarding a smart city public-private partnership using internet of things (IoT) technology and deployment of small cell technology, with public safety as a main driver.

To enhance existing voice and data capacity in Los Angeles, AT&T is considering quickly deploying more small cells to expand its existing network and beginning deployment of a 5G network. Small cell technology helps bring increased capacity to first responders.

A statement said the small cells would be in addition to the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and the network’s band 14 spectrum build and integration of assets from the Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System (LA-RICS).

Public-safety agencies in the area are subscribing to FirstNet and AT&T will explore opportunities to deliver FirstNet services to the Los Angeles Fire Department and Los Angeles Police Department to improve their day-to-day communications, the carrier said in a statement.

"We’re about to witness an evolution in public-safety communications and first responders' access to data," said Maggie Goodrich, AT&T-FirstNet consultant and former chief information officer (CIO) for the Los Angeles Police Department. “This is thanks to the advancements of the FirstNet network platform and the technologies that are being built upon it. The possibilities enabled by FirstNet can change the game for first responders in L.A. and across the country.”

Traffic, natural disaster preparedness and public safety will be top of mind in the initiative. Officials are considering solutions ranging from digital kiosks to structural monitoring to digital infrastructure.

“Access to information is the foundation of equality, opportunity and prosperity,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “We are establishing unique partnerships as we deploy new networks and technologies across L.A. — and we're excited to be discussing with AT&T how to empower Angelenos with new tools that could make their lives easier and our communities stronger.”

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