Building an Economic Development Tool for Smart Communities

The Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) and US Ignite are now in the software design phase of building a new economic development tool for smart communities. This is part of our joint Smart City Data Exchange initiative, and our aim is to provide communities with the ability to see development potential in their neighborhoods on a property-by-property basis for the purpose of…

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Wireless Emergency Alerts

The Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) system is a public safety system that efficiently delivers critical warnings and information to the public via their wireless devices. Operational since 2012, the WEA provides geographically targeted, text-like alerts utilizing the Cell Broadcast System, across three categories:  Alerts issued by the President; Alerts involving imminent threats to safety or life (fires, floods, hurricanes, etc.); as…

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5G is on the Horizon. What Will It Take to Accelerate the Development of the Network of Networks

With the first of the 5G networks beginning operations in 2019, business and consumer excitement for 5G is growing. While these initial deployments will be small in scale and relegated to urban areas, it is a critical first step toward 5G services becoming a global reality. At the core of the acceleration of 5G deployment is the development of standards…

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UAVs for Restoring Communications in Emergency Situations

If you have ever experienced a natural disaster (hurricane, tornado, earthquake, wildfire, etc.), you are well aware of the importance of communications during this time.  A functioning communication network is essential to coordinating emergency and recovery operations, rebuilding infrastructure as well as allowing the public to contact rescue services, family and friends. Following a disaster, disruption to the communications network…

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Context-Aware Identity Management: The Who, What, Where, When and How

In the age of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), users increasingly want the flexibility to access both their business-critical applications and personal applications anywhere, anytime and on multiple devices.  This increased mobility — combined with the fact that many applications are emerging that cross multiple industry sectors or domains — requires authentication and authorization processes beyond single sign-on capabilities.  Furthermore,…

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The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Telecom

Artificial Intelligence and machine learning have long been associated with science fiction movies, with no better example than 2001: A Space Odyssey and Hal the computer (“I’m sorry Dave, I am afraid I can’t do that”). But what exactly is Artificial Intelligence (AI)? In its simplest form it is the automation of tasks or functions which otherwise require human intelligence…

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Understanding the Value of Distributed Ledger/Blockchain Innovation in the ICT Industry

There is hardly a day when news related to cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin does not make headlines.  But beyond digital currencies, the applicability of distributed ledger and blockchain is finding its way into a number of different industries including telecommunications. Distributed ledger technology (DLT) is a shared database that is spread across several nodes or computing devices. Each node replicates…

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Subscriptionless Devices Offer Potential Revenue Opportunity for Network Operators

There is no ignoring the rapid proliferation of connected devices, particularly those associated with the Internet of Things (IoT).  The IoT is the inter-networking of objects, both physical and virtual, that collect and share data.  IoT objects can range from simple sensors that tell you when to water your plants to sophisticated devices enabling driverless cars. All of these devices…

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