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Peachtree Corners Mayor Participates In Global Smart Technology Summit

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Mayor Mike Mason was a featured speaker at the Smart Cities Mayors Summit Tuesday that took place in Taiwan.

Peachtree Corners’ reputation as a ‘city of the future’ isn’t only known locally, technology experts around the world are aware of the cutting-edge innovation taking place here. Considering that fact, Peachtree Corners Mayor Mike Mason was invited as a virtual presenter during the Mayor’s Summit and Panel Discussion – part of the 2022 Smart City Summit and Expo being held in Taipei, Taiwan.

As mayor of one of the world’s premier smart cities, Mayor Mason was one of 21 city leaders invited to present at this year’s event.  In addition to the presenters, the subsequent panel discussion included leaders from approximately 30 countries around the world, according to a news release. 

Every year, the Smart City Mayors’ Summit gathers city mayors and high-profile municipal delegates from across the globe to share and exchange insights on the latest governmental strategies and trends in smart cities. The Summit is not just one of the biggest highlights in the Smart City Summit and Expo, but the world’s largest networking platform among smart city governments.  

This year, in accordance with the theme of SCSE: Digital Transformation Takes Smart Cities to New Heights, the topics for roundtable sessions were “How do cities respond to the ‘New Normal’ with digital transformation?” and “In face of the ‘New Norma’” in the pandemic era, what role do city governments play in driving the city’s digital transformation?” the news release added.

 The Smart City Mayor’s Summit provided a high-level dialogue platform for global mayors and city leaders to exchange innovative strategies and visions on future city deployments.

 Speakers at the Mayor’s Summit included mayors from:

  • Peachtree Corners
  • Taipei, Taiwan
  • Atlanta
  • Aix-en-Provence, France
  • Belgian Chamber Representatives, Belgium
  • Castries, Saint Lucia
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Dijon Metropole, France
  • Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Edmonton, Canada
  • Edo, Nigeria
  • Gdynia, Poland
  • Municipalidad de Asuncion, Paraguay
  • Newark, New Jersey
  • Palmerston North, New Zealand
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Sao Jose dos Campos, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • Selangor, Malaysia
  • Rzeszow – Poland
  • Vysocina Region, Czech Republic

Participants in the panel discussion included representatives from:

  • Abuju, Nigeria
  • Budapest, Hungary
  • City of Hamilton, Bermuda
  • City of Tshwane, South Africa
  • Cockburn, Turks and Caicos
  • Cranston, Rhode Island
  • Cuenca, Ecuador
  • Da Nang, Vietnam
  • Davao City, Philippines
  • Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • El Farafra Oasis, Egypt
  • Goyang City, South Korea
  • Grenoble-Alpes Metrople, France
  • Helsinki, Finland
  • Izmir, Turkey
  • Jacksonville, Florida
  • Kansas City, Kansas
  • Kolin, Czech Republic
  • Konya, Turkey
  • Krakow, Poland
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Kwinana, Australia
  • Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Lazio, Italy
  • Madrid, Spain
  • Miami-Dade County, Florida
  • Midvaal, South Africa
  • Nanes Metropole, France
  • Peterborough, England
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Royal Borough of Greenwich, England
  • Sabac, Serbia
  • Stockholm, Sweden
  • Szekszard, Hungary
  • Taoyuan, Taiwan
  • Wellington, New Zealand
  • Wroclaw, Poland

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Cradlepoint, Bosch and T-Mobile Collaborate to Deliver IoT Solutions

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Cradlepoint Technology

Advanced IoT Connectivity with 5G Wireless WAN Technology

Cradlepoint, the global leader in cloud-delivered LTE and 5G wireless network edge solutions, recently announced a collaboration with T-Mobile and the Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners to enable advanced IoT connectivity solutions, such as autonomous vehicles, robotics and AR/VR, using 5G Wireless WAN technology. The solution, developed by Bosch and Cradlepoint, leverages the high performance of T-Mobile’s industry leading 5G network — America’s largest, fastest and most reliable 5G network — with Cradlepoint’s purpose-built wideband adapters and routers to facilitate near real-time parking and safety monitoring at Peachtree Corners, Georgia, one of the nation’s first smart cities.

Companies and public sector entities are well positioned on the value of 5G cellular IoT connectivity, particularly when it comes to securing, managing and enhancing smart cities. Unlike traditional fiber connections that take months to deploy, cost thousands of dollars and have long-term commitment contracts, Cradlepoint’s 5G Wireless WAN solutions enable an entire ecosystem of IoT partners to immediately deploy solutions with the security and remote management capabilities needed to support IoT deployments at scale.

“Real-world deployments of IoT are challenging the status quo of existing solutions. Couple that with the trend of businesses leveraging 5G technology to transform, and you’ll see how this advanced connectivity is remodeling the enterprise,” said Todd Krautkremer, Chief Marketing Officer, Cradlepoint. “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,” said 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 near real-time IoT technology developed by Bosch in conjunction with T-Mobile’s Ultra Capacity 5G network and Cradlepoint 5G hardware to assist Peachtree Corners shoppers and visitors in finding 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, 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.”

In addition to improving the Peachtree Corners visitor experience, the technology also enables city planners to make real-time informed decisions on parking capacity, infrastructure planning, traffic management and security safeguards based on data around events happening throughout the city.

“Through our work with Cradlepoint, Bosch and T-Mobile, we are now able to better manage our public spaces. 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.” said Brandon Branham, CTO and Asst. City Manager, Peachtree Corners. “The analytics these devices provide help us to better communicate with our residents about parking and safety in our downtown area.”

To learn more about Cradlepoint’s work with T-Mobile, Bosch and the Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners, please visit: https://resources.cradlepoint.com/success-stories/smart-city-uses-5G-for-connected-intersections-and-innovative-parking.

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Peachtree Corners Hosts First EV Car Show

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Electrify PTC

Everyone is invited to celebrate National Drive Electric Week with Electrify PTC, the first-ever electrified car show, hosted by the City of Peachtree Corners in partnership with Siemens, Mercedes-Benz, Qwik Charge, Ford, Jim Ellis and more.

Electrify PTC will take place Saturday, Sept. 24, 8 a.m.- 11 a.m. at the Peachtree Corners Town Center in the CMX CineBistro parking lot.

Guests will experience electric mobility firsthand and learn about the city’s continued commitment to the sustainability of the #SiliconOrchard through innovative and smart technologies, such as Peachtree Corners having the largest charging hub in Metro Atlanta.

The parking lot will have many electrified vehicles on display and local vendors will offer prizes, eat great food and enjoy delicious drinks.

There is no cost to attend. 

Owners of electric vehicles who wish to display their vehicles at Electrify PTC need to register. Note that registration is limited, so sign up today to secure your spot.

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Peachtree Corners Partners with Israeli Startup to Advance Smart City Technology

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Peachtree Corners and Israeli Startup ACiiST

ACiiST will help the city with a connected infrastructure without tearing up roads or investing in miles of cables.

As one of the country’s first smart cities powered by real-world connected infrastructure, Peachtree Corners recently announced a partnership with Israeli startup ACiiST – Smart Networks, the manufacturer of SD-LAN network solutions optimized for connecting outdoor cameras and sensors through a robust networking system. This partnership provides Peachtree Corners with connected infrastructure network solutions via fiber that allow various mobility technologies on Peachtree Corners’ smart city streets to communicate with minimal digging, saving the city and residents time and money.

Peachtree Corners and Israeli Startup ACiiST

Installed in Technology Parkway earlier this year, ACiiST’s technology spans across a half-mile of Peachtree Corners’ “city street of the future,” allowing deployed technologies and smart infrastructure with cameras, wireless links and other communication equipment, to be streamed directly to the Curiosity Lab’s IoT Control Room, the first of its kind to be implemented in a city in the United States. Communication between the smart infrastructure and the IoT Control Room is possible via self-managed ACiiST Polarity units that create a low latency, high performance and fully manageable network.

“Working with ACiiST to demonstrate their technologies at Curiosity Lab is another great example of how international companies are showing great interest in the most unique real-world smart city ecosystem in the country,” said Brandon Branham, Peachtree Corners Assistant City Manager and CTO. “We are able to demonstrate to other cities across the country the unique network connectivity, redundancy and monitoring capabilities of ACiiST’s technology through this implementation on public infrastructure. This is a true testament of how the partnership between Israel and Curiosity Lab offers startups a one-of-a-kind experience to bring their products to the North American market.”

ACiiST’s network solutions allow Peachtree Corners to have a more secure smart city environment and make informed decisions based on data, such as traffic management. This solution also makes it easier for new edge devices such as cameras, radar sensors, digital signs, V2I access points and more, to be deployed and installed as smart infrastructure across the city street of the future, supporting the Curiosity Lab and Peachtree Corners’ position as one of the leading smart cities in the United States.

“It was clear from the very first time we met with the Peachtree Corners management team that we are talking with leaders who want to promote positive change — with smart roads and streets as a platform to better manage their public spaces. They are open-minded to the implementation of new technologies, and we are happy to have our network solutions in action at the most unique smart city environment in the USA,” said Sagi Gurfinkel, ACiiST Co-Founder and CEO. “The ACiiST network is already installed as the connectivity platform for multiple cities in Israel, Africa and the European Union, and we are excited to now add the United States to this list.”

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