18th January 2016

CES 2016: AT&T’s Ralph de la Vega on Smart Cities

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CES 2016 – the biggest consumer tech show in the world had Over 6,000 members of the media and 170,000 people that covered over 2 million square feet of exhibition space. Companies like Samsung, Sony, LG and hundreds more showing off the next generation of must-have tech. This year companies all over CES are talking about smart cities, from AT&T and Panasonic to BMW and the US Department of Transportation. Jordan Golson from The Verge interviewed Ralph de la Vega, CEO of mobile and business solutions for AT&T, an American multinational telecommunications corporation about it’s new smart cities initiative to see what he had to say. 

One of the things Jordan said to Vega was “One of the unfortunate things about cities that might cause some trouble for you, is the lack of funding. Even for essential infrastructure improvements, they just don’t have the money to do it. How are you going to overcome that?” in which he replied “You see, the beauty of what we’re showing the city is the same thing that we’re doing for enterprises. And enterprises make their investments because they feel like they can get a return on that investment, so I think what we’re showing the cities, and this is a key aspect of everything we do is, if they invest in the certain technology, we can show them how they can get a return on investment to improve their operations long term, and that’s the same aspect of what we use for businesses today.”

Watch the full interview and find out more about CES 2016 below.

 

CES 2016 is the year of the high-tech auto show

For a while now cars have been a part of CES. But generally speaking, they’ve been pushed to the back of the room by the emerging waves of technology innovation that the other companies bring. But, this year the show finally become an auto show as the manifesto of the future of transportation has became very clear recently. Unlike the traditional shows in Detroit that unveil the latest Toyota’s, this year at CES a brand new car company, Faraday Future revealed a first look at it’s amazing concept car. The company talked about its Variable Platform Architecture. It’s a way of building multiple car variations upon a single frame thanks to a modular battery and interchangeable motor configuration.

Faraday Future's concept car, CES 2016

Car company Faraday Future’s concept car, CES 2016