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Posted by George Granger on October 16, 2018.

It’s been a busy year. AT&T completed its acquisition of Time Warner Inc., combining global media and entertainment leaders HBO, Turner and Warner Bros. with AT&T’s leadership in technology and customer relationships across video, mobile and broadband. The merger will allow us to reinvent the way the media and entertainment industry works for consumers, content creators, distributors and advertisers.

Locally, we’re excited to highlight AT&T’s involvement with Smart City PDX, Portland’s effort to use data and technology to improve the lives of people in our city. AT&T is also thrilled to support the Technology Association of Oregon’s first “Hack for a Cause” event at Portland State University this fall. We can’t wait to see our vibrant tech community and passionate non-profit leaders come together to solve community challenges.

But that’s not all that we have accomplished. We’ve selected 8 new ed-tech companies to fund, mentor and provide entrepreneur resources to through our AT&T Aspire Accelerator program. We’re proud to have provided Aspire grants to three local companies — ChickTech, College Possible and the Oregon Association Chiefs of Police.

We’ve also launched groundbreaking FirstNet technology available to local first responders and announced AT&T has invested more than $250 million over the past 3 years to enhance local networks.

So far, 2018 has been an exciting year at AT&T. I cannot wait to see what we accomplish in the months to come.

Thanks for reading,

George Granger
President — AT&T Oregon

AT&T continues smart cities pilot with Traffic Safety Sensor Project in Portland

Portland

This summer AT&T joined Mayor Ted Wheeler, officials from the Portland Bureau of Transportation and representatives from Current by GE, Intel, and Portland General Electric to celebrate the Traffic Sensor Safety Project, the first major milestone for Smart City PDX, the City of Portland’s effort to use data and technology to improve people’s lives.

The City of Portland installed 200 sensors, on SE Division, 122nd and SE Hawthorne, three of Portland’s deadliest streets. The sensors will provide around-the-clock counts of vehicles and pedestrians as well as information about vehicle speeds. The data will be used to help city traffic engineers improve street safety design.

“Portland is leading the country in this important data effort,” said Mayor Ted Wheeler. “We are at the forefront of using advanced technology to make our cities safer for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers, helping people more easily get around, save time and reduce the possibility of crashes. This pilot is a significant step in acquiring and utilizing data to make critical decisions.”

The safety project is part of Smart City PDX, the City of Portland’s urban data and technology strategy. A finalist in the 2016 Smart City Challenge sponsored by the United States Department of Transportation, Portland has continued to expand its overall effort to use data and technology to increase safety, reduce inequities and improve the quality of life for Portlanders.

“As a leader in IoT and Smart Cities, we know the transformational benefit that technology can have on cities,” said Michael Zeto, VP of AT&T IoT and General Manager of Smart Cities. “Portland is at the forefront of unlocking these possibilities and we expect our AT&T Digital Infrastructure to have a strong impact on improving safety and efficiency in the community.”

The sensor project, which installed new mast arms and the sensors on street light poles on the three corridors, cost $1,012,000. It was funded with general transportation revenue, system development charges and contributions by the project’s private sector collaborators.

The data gathered from the sensors will be collected in the Portland Urban Data Lake (PUDL). The goal of PUDL is to provide a foundation for data-driven decision making, helping the City of Portland to harness the power of data to improve City services.

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