AT&T Launches Foundry Center For Digital Life Services
AT&T is forging ahead to become the go to connectivity provider for the new generation of smart solutions. The company today opened another AT&T Foundry innovation center, this time in Atlanta. According to AT&T this one is a launching pad for innovations in their Digital Life services, connected car and home entertainment platforms.
The AT&T Foundry in Atlanta will focus on Digital Life, AT&T's recently-launched home security and automation service, as well as Mobility services, the "connected car", emerging devices and AT&T U-verse.
Collaborative partners in the project include Cisco and Georgia Tech University. Cisco is the host sponsor and will play a major role in providing technology and scouting out third-party developers, investors, start-ups, and entrepreneurs. Other partners include Alcatel-Lucent, Amdocs, Ericsson, Intel and Microsoft. AT&T also has collaborative partnership with car manufacturers GM and BMW as part of their connected car platform.
AT&T anticipates taping into the research expertise and entrepreneurial creativity at the university. In addition, local students will be invited to AT&T hackathons, workshops and other events that will help the students hone their technical and business skills.
The AT&T Foundry program has been in existence since 2010, so far over $100 million has been invested. There are currently five AT&T Foundry locations; Palo Alto, Calif., Plano, Texas, and Ra'anana, Israel with Atlanta being the most recent. A second AT&T Foundry location in Plano will open later this year to focused on Machine-to-Machine technology.