The Plano-based AT&T® Foundry is all set to welcome new faces to the company’s innovation laboratory. The Dallas-based telecommunications company has launched a devoted space where businesses in vertical sectors can corroborate on network-based solutions, just as they leverage innovative technologies such as AI, 5G, software-defined networking, and IoT.
AT&T’s new innovation lab boasts of all aspects of a vertical industry environment, covering manufacturing and distribution to retail. It will let companies in vertical industries such as retail, manufacturing, healthcare, finance, and the public sector bring fresh technologies quickly to market and streamline their network operations, said the Telco giant.
The fastest internet provider says that its Foundry space comes after AT&T Business® aligned its marketing and sales efforts to those vertical industries. It also offers a look at how the carrier’s cyber security and digital capabilities can tackle real-world issues.
The company has announced that it will launch 5G mobile in a dozen cities by 2018, and hinted it will bring in 5G capabilities to its foundry in the near future.
The carrier outlined prospective industry-focused use cases comprising network slicing inside a shop floor for the efficiency of operational equipment, IoT-based connectivity to improve the healthcare sector, IoT-based smart shelving for the retail segment, drone to retool insurance companies’ damage assessment, and machine learning or AI to aid first responders in situational awareness.
“The AT&T® Foundry’s approach to innovating transformative, valuable technology solutions is very intentional and specific to each of our customers,” said Vishy Gopalakrishnan, the Vice President of Ecosystem and Innovation at AT&T®. “We’re uniquely situated to demonstrate AT&T’s extensive suite of network and security capabilities and to harness our deep technical expertise to create integrated solutions using existing and future technologies. Through the launch of this vertical-focused space, we can more quickly and effectively work in-step with our customers to address their industry-related challenges.”
Last year, Verizon® rolled out its 5G incubator at the NYC co-working space named Alley, where universities and startups have the chance to leverage the 5G connectivity in order to trial new solutions as well as use cases. Recently, the wireless provider announced that they are expanding the program, with 5G laboratories opening across the nation. Its 5G labs are reportedly opening in Paolo Alto, California, Washington DC, Waltham, Massachusetts, and Los Angeles.