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T-Mobile, Cradlepoint, Bosch target advanced IoT connectivity for smart cities

Peachtree Corners, one of the first U.S. smart cities, will see its visitor experience improve as the collaboration will deliver advanced IoT connectivity.

Cradlepoint, which provides cloud-delivered LTE and 5G wireless network edge solutions worldwide, recently announced its collaboration with T-Mobile and the Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners, Georgia, to enable advanced Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity solutions, such as self-driving vehicles, robotics, and augmented reality and virtual reality, using 5G Wireless WAN technology. Bosch and Cradlepoint developed the solution, which will leverage T-Mobile’s 5G network along with Cradlepoint’s purpose-built wideband adapters and routers, to facilitate near real-time parking and safety monitoring at Peachtree Corners, one of the nation’s first smart cities.

Companies and public sector entities are well-positioned on 5G cellular IoT connectivity’s value, particularly when it comes to securing, managing and enhancing smart cities. Cradlepoint’s 5G Wireless WAN solutions allow for an entire ecosystem of IoT partners to deploy solutions right away with the security and remote management capabilities needed to support IoT deployments at scale. It’s a dramatic shift from traditional fiber connections that can take months to deploy, cost thousands of dollars and often come with long-term contracts.

“Real-world deployments of IoT are challenging the status quo of existing solutions,” said Cradlepoint Chief Marketing Officer Todd Krautkremer. “Couple that with the trend of businesses leveraging 5G technology to transform, and you’ll see how this advanced connectivity is remodeling the enterprise. Cradlepoint, T-Mobile and Bosch are at the forefront of this evolution, furthering IoT and 5G deployments for projects of all sizes.”

“Improving safety, efficiencies and anticipating the needs of customers is what best-in-class smart cities can accomplish when powered by 5G and with innovators like Cradlepoint,” added Chris Melus, Vice President of Product Management with T-Mobile for Business. “It’s rewarding to see concepts from the Curiosity Lab, leveraging our 5G Advanced Network Solutions suite prove true value in the real world.”

The solution uses almost real-time IoT technology that Bosch developed along with T-Mobile’s Ultra Capacity 5G network and Cradlepoint 5G hardware. Together, this technology will help Peachtree Corners shoppers and visitors find open parking as well as available charging stations for electric vehicles.

“In collaboration with T-Mobile and Cradlepoint, and our continued joint effort with the Curiosity Lab in the City of Peachtree Corners, we are demonstrating a scalable, affordable, adroit AIoT solution to serve the community,” said Lewis Stallworth, business development manager at Bosch Security Systems LLC.  “The flexibility of this solution was only possible with this technology-forward collaboration and is changing the conversation of what is possible when there is a need for parking management, retail management, community safety and true community operational analytics.”

The technology also will help city planners make informed, real-time decision on parking capacity, infrastructure planning, traffic management and security safeguards based on data around events happening throughout the city, as well as improve the Peachtree Corners visitor experience.

“Through our work with Cradlepoint, Bosch and T-Mobile, we are now able to better manage our public spaces,” said Peachtree Corners CTO and Assistant City Manager Brandon Branham. “Cradlepoint devices having high-speed connectivity through T-Mobile’s 5G is key – these devices now allow us to use smart parking applications through the Bosch cameras in our Town Center, while also providing a safety and security layer for our police department. The analytics these devices provide help us to better communicate with our residents about parking and safety in our downtown area.”

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