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SlideshowAT&T: A Day at the Foundry
Dan Jones
8/28/2013
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ATLANTA -- AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) launched its fourth foundry here in Atlanta on Tuesday afternoon.

The foundries are intended as a collaborative space where startups, inventors and entrepreneurs can work with Ma Bell. John Donovan, SVP of AT&T technology and network operations, said at the launch that the operator has so far spent around $100 million on developing the foundry concept.

Click on the image below to check out some of what went down at the Atlanta launch.

 

What Lies Ahead
AT&T promises innovation round the corner with its latest foundry-cum-ideas incubator.
AT&T promises innovation round the corner with its latest foundry-cum-ideas incubator.

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

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MordyK
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MordyK,
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9/2/2013 | 6:20:27 PM
Re: Digital Life progress report
That would be a good bet. The reason I pick on their security emphasis is that they dont really bring anything unique to the table in this case and that condition has historically opened the market to more nimble players that eat away at those bundling capabilities.
Sarah Thomas
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9/2/2013 | 6:11:21 PM
Re: Digital Life progress report
Yeah, I'm not sure how AT&T differentiates its security services outside of the value of having it bundled in with other services. But I do think it leads with that, and the carrier said in March that's what most people buy first. Maybe getting a foot in the door that way can help expedite the market for new services like automation?
MordyK
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MordyK,
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9/2/2013 | 6:03:55 PM
Re: Digital Life progress report
True but where's the novelty in that? It might be an improved solution but those that worrried about security have had a list of existing vendors.

Dont forget we all survived without mobile phones - never mind smartphones - for quite some time :)

It's these greenfield areas that have the largest potential upside although they are harder to pull off.
Sarah Thomas
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9/2/2013 | 5:51:39 PM
Re: Digital Life progress report
I think both are certainly interesting, but security is the one thing most people will pay for, regardless of where they live. Home automation is nice, but that seems to be more of an add-on feature to me. You survived just fine with a non-automated home, but safety is always a concern.
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pzernik,
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8/30/2013 | 8:40:37 AM
Re: Digital Life progress report
The cheapest option is to just print that ADT sign and stick it in the window.  Seems to work for me!  (maybe I shouldn't have blogged that huh?)
MordyK
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MordyK,
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8/29/2013 | 1:25:40 AM
Re: Digital Life progress report
The mix and match capability enabled by an open API means that anybody can develop programs across verticals, which as you say makes the home and the car connected along with anything else one might fancy. In this ever more connected world nobody can go it alone.
DanJones
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8/29/2013 | 12:46:42 AM
Re: Digital Life progress report
Yeah, don't forget that they get to layer in home automation capabilities into the Connected Car approach too,
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8/28/2013 | 8:12:38 PM
Re: Foundry's / carrier developer innovation labs
Its my impression that they have talked to Notre Dame.
MordyK
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8/28/2013 | 7:40:58 PM
Re: Foundry's / carrier developer innovation labs
Perhaps that means a future Foundry for wireless+medical will be in NY in partnership with NYU Poly's NYU Wireless and a hospital/medical group.
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8/28/2013 | 6:57:20 PM
Re: Foundry's / carrier developer innovation labs
Donovan said they had been trying to tie up with other universities too. Each one appears to be about a $25M initial investment from AT&T so they like to get some bang for the buck.
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