Continuing to Connect and Innovate

It’s been a busy year. AT&T completed its acquisition of Time Warner Inc., combining global media and entertainment leaders HBO, Turner and Warner Bros. with AT&T’s leadership in technology and customer relationships across video, mobile and broadband. The merger will allow us to reinvent the way the media and entertainment industry works for consumers, content creators, distributors and advertisers.

Locally, we’re excited to highlight AT&T’s involvement with Smart City PDX, Portland’s effort to use data and technology to improve the lives of people in our city. AT&T is also thrilled to support the Technology Association of Oregon’s first “Hack for a Cause” event at Portland State University this fall. We can’t wait to see our vibrant tech community and passionate non-profit leaders come together to solve community challenges.

But that’s not all that we have accomplished. We’ve selected 8 new ed-tech companies to fund, mentor and provide entrepreneur resources to through our AT&T Aspire Accelerator program. We’re proud to have provided Aspire grants to three local companies — ChickTech, College Possible and the Oregon Association Chiefs of Police.

We’ve also launched groundbreaking FirstNet technology available to local first responders and announced AT&T has invested more than $250 million over the past 3 years to enhance local networks.

So far, 2018 has been an exciting year at AT&T. I cannot wait to see what we accomplish in the months to come.

Thanks for reading,

George Granger
President — AT&T Oregon

AT&T continues smart cities pilot with Traffic Safety Sensor Project in Portland

This summer AT&T joined Mayor Ted Wheeler, officials from the Portland Bureau of Transportation and representatives from Current by GE, Intel, and Portland General Electric to celebrate the Traffic Sensor Safety Project, the first major milestone for Smart City PDX, the City of Portland’s effort to use data and technology to improve people’s lives.

The City of Portland installed 200 sensors, on SE Division, 122nd and SE Hawthorne, three of Portland’s deadliest streets. The sensors will provide around-the-clock counts of vehicles and pedestrians as well as information about vehicle speeds. The data will be used to help city traffic engineers improve street safety design.

“Portland is leading the country in this important data effort,” said Mayor Ted Wheeler. “We are at the forefront of using advanced technology to make our cities safer for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers, helping people more easily get around, save time and reduce the possibility of crashes. This pilot is a significant step in acquiring and utilizing data to make critical decisions.”

The safety project is part of Smart City PDX, the City of Portland’s urban data and technology strategy. A finalist in the 2016 Smart City Challenge sponsored by the United States Department of Transportation, Portland has continued to expand its overall effort to use data and technology to increase safety, reduce inequities and improve the quality of life for Portlanders.

“As a leader in IoT and Smart Cities, we know the transformational benefit that technology can have on cities,” said Michael Zeto, VP of AT&T IoT and General Manager of Smart Cities. “Portland is at the forefront of unlocking these possibilities and we expect our AT&T Digital Infrastructure to have a strong impact on improving safety and efficiency in the community.”

The sensor project, which installed new mast arms and the sensors on street light poles on the three corridors, cost $1,012,000. It was funded with general transportation revenue, system development charges and contributions by the project’s private sector collaborators.

The data gathered from the sensors will be collected in the Portland Urban Data Lake (PUDL). The goal of PUDL is to provide a foundation for data-driven decision making, helping the City of Portland to harness the power of data to improve City services.

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George Granger, President of AT&T-Oregon, has focused his career on the wireless industry and a remarkable commitment to community service. He is excited to be part of the wonderful Oregon community. His work will be focused on community partnerships and working with elected officials throughout the state. Granger, whose wireless industry resume is broad, understands how government works better than most executives because he had hands-on experience in politics and working for public officials. For nearly 20 years from 1994 until he moved to Oregon in 2013, Granger was an elected member of the Castro Valley School Board, serving as president of the board three times. He was an activist president, leading three successful campaigns to pass school bonds that funded more than $100 million in facility improvements. He learned about public service at the beginning of his career, when he worked for two leading California public officials: Congressman Pete Stark and Bill Lockyer, who currently is California’s State Treasurer but previously was the state’s Attorney General and before that President of the California State Senate. Granger’s wireless career started at Cingular Wireless, where he became the company’s Director of External Affairs. In that role, he directed legislative and regulatory activities in eight states in the West Region, including California, Washington, Nevada, Hawaii, New Mexico, Arizona, Oregon, and Utah. After Cingular merged with AT&T Wireless, Granger was charged with managing AT&T’s relationship in an important region of California that included Silicon Valley, then was named Executive Director of External Affairs for AT&T’s Bay Area Team, which covered Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, Sonoma, and Solano Counties. In addition to his work for AT&T and the School Board Granger found time to broaden his public service through a host of boards. He served on the boards of the San Jose Chamber of Commerce, the Oakland Chamber of Commerce, the East Bay Economic Development Alliance, the East Bay Cancer Support Group, the East Bay Regional Park District Foundation, the Chabot Space and Science Center, and ECHO Housing. He also served in the roles of Chairman of the United Way Giving Campaign in Alameda County and President of the Alameda County School Board Association. Granger most recently was AT&T’s representative to help build  the “Remember Them” project. “Remember Them” is a 52-foot-long and 25-foot-high bronze sculpture in Oakland, CA that depicts 25 civil rights activists, including Rosa Parks, Cesar Chavez, Mahatma Gandi, Oskar Schindler, Harvey Milk and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. among others. “Remember Them” is the largest bronze monument west of the Mississippi and the only one dedicated to civil rights.

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