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AT&T’s 5G network goes live in 12 cities — but you can’t use it yet

AT&T says its 5G network went live in parts of 12 cities this morning, making it the first wireless carrier to launch a mobile network based on the 5G standard. A small number of customers will be able to use the network starting on Friday when AT&T will begin distributing its first 5G device: a mobile hot spot that can connect to the network’s much faster airwaves. But it’ll be a slow launch; you won’t be able to go out to a store and buy AT&T’s 5G hot spot for several more months. For now, AT&T is reaching out to businesses in the area and inviting them to try out the new tech, seemingly as a way to ease in the network and make sure it’s working well before bringing more and more people on

The Wired Guide to 5G

The future depends on connectivity. From artificial intelligence and self-driving cars to telemedicine and mixed reality to as yet undreamt technologies, all the things we hope will make our lives easier, safer, and healthier will require high-speed, always-on internet connections. To keep up with the explosion of new connected gadgets and vehicles, not to mention the deluge of streaming video, the mobile industry is working on something called 5G—so named because it's the fifth generation of wireless networking technology. The promise is that 5G will bring speeds of around 10 gigabits per second to your phone. That's more than 600 times faster than the typical 4G speeds on today’s mobile ph

Maryland City Leaders Prepare for a Fight Over Small Cells

The annual Maryland Municipal League dinner in Frederick County is a time to claim titles. Mayor John Kinnaird contends Thurmont is the best municipality, and Mayor Michael O’Connor argues that the city of Frederick is the biggest, if the title of best is already taken. All the while, Mayor Winslow F. Burhans III asserts that New Market is the best per capita. Myersville Mayor Wayne Creadick put an end to the debate, declaring, “We’re all the best.” The title may be disputed, but the mayors and burgesses gathered together on Wednesday, because they know the unified voice of all the state municipalities gets laws passed in Annapolis. During the 2019 General Assembly session, the group will pu

All hail the AI overlord: Smart cities and the AI Internet of Things

The Smart Cities movement, which looks for ways to find data-driven technological solutions to everyday urban challenges, is increasingly turning to artificial intelligence to deliver "services" to its residents—everything from locating gunshots and finding tumors to dispatching work crews to pick up trash. New York is one of about 90 cities worldwide that uses a system called ShotSpotter, which uses a network of microphones to instantly recognize and locate gunshots. In Moscow, all chest X-rays taken in hospitals are run through an AI system to recognize and diagnose tumors. And Taiwan is building a system that will be able to predict air quality, allowing city managers to warn residents of

6 Challenges Smart Cities Face and How to Overcome Them

Many cities today have ambitions of becoming the smart cities of tomorrow. But to achieve this, they need to overcome the challenges associated with mapping out a complex strategy that involves public and private participants, direct and indirect stakeholders, integrators, network and managed service providers, product vendors and IT infrastructure providers. At the outset, smart cities must have the foundation of a fundamental, standards-based IT infrastructure that satisfies and supports a broad array of needs and can adjust to advances in technology, such as Internet of Things sensors, measurement and analytics tools and solutions powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning. S

Bills to ease upgrade to 5G wireless go to Michigan governor

Michigan lawmakers on Thursday finalized bills that would ease the wireless industry's shift to next-generation technology, approving statewide regulations for the installation of a dense network of "small cells" on telephone poles, traffic signals and other infrastructure. The legislation was sent to Republican Gov. Rick Snyder for his expected signature a day after it won bipartisan House approval on 74-35 and 77-32 votes. It is backed by carriers such as Verizon and AT&T but opposed by local governments as an infringement on their ability to recover costs for the use of public rights of way. Michigan would become the 21st state to enact laws that streamline regulations to facilitate the d

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