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Pics: AT&T's Foundry of Things

PLANO, Texas -- The AT&T Foundry is an entry point for AT&T's ambitious work on the Internet of Things (IoT).

The Plano facility has two floors of foundry activity. The upstairs is dedicated to working on proof-of-concept machine-to-machine and IoT devices for partners. Downstairs is a more generalist unit that is working on SDN, virtualization and other projects.

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T)'s IoT Foundry Director Craig Lee took us through the IoT area and showed off most the projects shown in the slideshow.

Click on the image below for the full deck:

AT&T's Ideas Room
AT&T calls this room the 'ideaition' room. It's filled with building blocks and Play-Doh. IoT Foundry Director Chris Lee says projects can start with a few blocks of Lego and a blob of blue clay representing the LED.
AT&T calls this room the "ideaition" room. It's filled with building blocks and Play-Doh. IoT Foundry Director Chris Lee says projects can start with a few blocks of Lego and a blob of blue clay representing the LED.

AT&T Foundry innovation coach Mike Albrecht, at the foundry downstairs, couldn't go into much detail on the software projects AT&T is working on at the foundry. He did say that many were sponsored by Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU). AlcaLu has a facility just down the street -- in Texan terms anyway -- in Plano too.

Albrecht's team is also working on the sensor shown in the slide show that detects if a minor or a pet is stuck in an over-heating car.

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

Mitch Wagner 1/26/2015 | 6:41:31 PM
Re: Smart bins? Kruz - Makes sense. If the bin is open and stays open it needs to be looked at.
Kruz 1/25/2015 | 3:05:48 PM
Re: Smart bins? @Mich: that or, the trash bin needs to be closed for a cleaner and bug free environment.
Kruz 1/25/2015 | 3:05:21 PM
Re: Picture: 10 @SachinEE: the concept is nice in picture 10 but should be more integrated as it seems pretty intrusive from the looks.
Susan Fourtané 1/25/2015 | 1:30:27 AM
Re: Picture: 10 SachinEE, Can a sensor ever replace common sense? -Susan
Mitch Wagner 1/20/2015 | 11:41:42 PM
Smart bins? Why does the trash bin let out an alert if it's opened? Is it based on the assumption that if it's open someone has put trash in that will need pickup?
SachinEE 1/17/2015 | 12:50:10 AM
Re: virtual pics? Maybe something to do with broader network bases? This is the R&D department, is it?
SachinEE 1/17/2015 | 12:48:45 AM
Picture: 10 That kind of a sensor probably is important for all those people who have pets and little kids. There have been many cases of pets suffocating inside a closed car under the hot sun. 
DanJones 1/16/2015 | 4:28:26 PM
Re: virtual pics? Nope, and they mostly couldn't give details on what they were working on, I asked!
sarahthomas1011 1/16/2015 | 1:16:03 PM
virtual pics? Don't imagine there was as much to see in the virtualization/SDN room...
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