DALLAS IS GETTING SMARTER EVERY DAY AS SMART CITIES INITIATIVE ANNOUNCES KEY SUPPORT FROM AT&T AND LEAD PARTNERS
The Dallas Innovation Alliance collaborates with technology leaders in the public and private sectors
DALLAS, TX, April 13, 2016 — When it comes to smart and digital cities, the Dallas business community is working hard to stay ahead of the game. Through organizations such as the Dallas Innovation Alliance (DIA), public and private sectors are teaming to create and deploy smart cities solutions, fueled by Internet of Things (IoT) innovations, in an effort to accelerate sustainable economic growth and improve quality of life.
These solutions include enhancing transportation by alerting commuters in near real-time when the next bus or train will arrive; improving public safety by more effectively managing traffic patterns; increasing efficiency via smart streetlights and use of sensors to help monitor crowds and air quality; and enhancing connectivity via small cell technology in interactive kiosks and waste management solutions.
Through the support and collaboration of its members, the DIA is committed to advancing transformative change in the city of Dallas. Some of DIA’s public and nonprofit sector members include the City of Dallas, Dallas Regional Chamber, Downtown Dallas Inc., Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), Dallas 2030 District, the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Real Estate Council, and the Texas Research Alliance.
Today, the Dallas Innovation Alliance would like to recognize its key collaborators who have shown forward-thinking leadership and dedication to the mission of the DIA, and the Dallas community:
· Foundational Partner: AT&T
· Lead Partner: Cisco
· Pivotal Partner: Current, powered by GE
· Partner: AECOM
· Community Impact Partner: IBM
The DIA has a mission to develop a scalable smart cities model for the City of Dallas that utilizes the region’s distinctive strengths and leaves a legacy of innovation, sustainability and collaboration for future generations. AT&T’s support of the DIA is part of their national effort in building a smart cities framework to help cities better serve their citizens.
“Dallas is a clear choice for our involvement,” said Mike Zeto, general manager, Smart Cities, AT&T. “The region shows promise across the board, with a heavy presence of cutting-edge technology companies, forward-thinking leadership at the city and county level, and a driven entrepreneurial community. The Dallas Innovation Alliance brings these key stakeholders together to achieve collective impact, and we are thrilled to strengthen and support the alliance in the city that we call home.”
“AT&T has shown remarkable leadership in its support of smart cities and the Dallas Innovation Alliance; it is only through the commitment of our community collaborators that true transformation can occur that helps to set the future course for our city,” commented Jennifer Sanders, who joined the Dallas Innovation Alliance as executive director last month. “The DIA is grateful to its collaborators for their support in Dallas and, more broadly, for their continued commitment to leaving a lasting impact on Dallas through innovative technology and civic engagement.”
In the coming months, the DIA will finalize its strategic priorities and begin implementation of initial projects in the West End Historic District in Dallas’ central business district, focused on smart infrastructure, smart mobility and connected living. In December, Dallas was selected as one of 10 cities in the inaugural Envision America program, which was announced at the White House in September 2015.
About the Dallas Innovation Alliance
The Dallas Innovation Alliance (DIA) is a public-private partnership dedicated to the design and execution of a smart cities plan for the City of Dallas, leveraging social and technological infrastructures to accelerate sustainable economic growth, resource efficiency, and importantly, improve the quality of life for its citizens. DIA’s overarching goal is to elevate Dallas as a city that is not only prepared for, but a driving force in shaping, the future of cities, and providing opportunities for prosperity for its citizens. Its mission is to develop a scalable smart cities model for the City of Dallas that leverages the region’s distinctive strengths and leaves a legacy of innovation, sustainability and collaboration for future generations. For more information, please visit www.DallasInnovationAlliance.com.