Get Street Smart: A Practical Look at Smart City Deployments


Thank you for watching our recent webcast: Get Street Smart: A Practical Look at Smart City Deployments which took place on July 27th. The on-demand video of the panel is now available on TIA's BrightTalk Channel.


Cities around the world are transforming their increasingly congested landscapes into safer, smarter, and more sustainable environments that better serve their residents and visitors alike. These “smart cities”, are enabling a continuous exchange of information between devices, infrastructure, networks and people, creating immense possibilities for the broader Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem and the communications industry. Communications companies and newer players such as Google Fiber and Facebook are leaning in to the opportunity.

In the enthusiasm, the IoT and smart cities sector of companies need to make sure that both local governments and citizens understand why smart city initiatives are strategically important and the return on investment (ROI) that they both can realize as a result of improved services and streamlined operations.

Here in the U.S., recent partnerships between the Federal government and private industry are helping to advance smart city solutions and deployments including the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge and the recently announced White House Advanced Wireless Research Initiative. We’re just scratching the surface of the innovations to come.

But what truly makes a city smart? What applications and solutions are currently being deployed and what more will be developed? What types of critical network infrastructure needs to exist in order to enable a more connected society? What role will fiber, LPWANs, densified small cells and DAS, massive MIMO, and other solutions play as these networks deploy? How can we protect the data being transmitted around the city? What lessons have been learned thus far and are there business opportunities and models to support the growth of what promises to be an exciting area of communications development?

Speakers from AT&T and SAP delved into these questions and more during the live webcast.

Panelists are:
Josh Waddell, Global Vice President, IoT Business, SAP
Michael Zeto, General Manager and Executive Director, Smart Cities, AT&T
Steve Brumer (moderator), Partner, 151 Advisors

Josh Waddell,
Global Vice President, IoT Business,

Josh Waddell is Global Vice President for SAP’s Internet of Things Business Innovation team. In this role, he works with SAP customers, partners, and prospects to test and prove out new IoT applications in the market, and then implement these in standard SAP IoT offerings. Josh and his team work across SAP’s worldwide technology and solution portfolio, helping SAP customers and partners to become better-run mobile enterprises.
Michael Zeto,
General Manager and Executive Director,
Smart Cities, AT&T

Michael Zeto is General Manager and Executive Director of Smart Cities, a business unit inside of AT&T Business Solutions. Michael is responsible for the teams that drive the product development, business development and go-to-market strategy for AT&T’s Smart Cities initiatives.
Steve Brumer (moderator),
151 Advisors

Steve Brumer is a Partner with 151 Advisors, a global execution-focused strategy and consulting firm that is working with the executive leadership team at wireless and technology companies from early to growth stage with talent, expertise and relationship connections. The strategic initiatives that 151 focuses on are around growth, expansion and increasing shareholder value by creating executable plans that drive revenue growth in existing or new markets organically or through acquisition.