How Is Peachtree Corners Harnessing the Potentials Of 5G Electrification

How Is Peachtree Corners Harnessing the Potentials Of 5G Electrification

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By Hernaldo Turrillo
  • Leveraging T-Mobile’s 5G with American-made materials, the global leader in charging solutions, Seimens, brings the latest in EV infrastructure to the Curiosity Labs ecosystem at the city of Peachtree Corners.
  • Curiosity Lab is a 5G-enabled intelligent mobility and smart city living laboratory located in the southeastern United States near Atlanta, Georgia. Designed as a proving ground for IoT, mobility and smart city emerging technologies, the centerpiece of the lab is a three-mile public autonomous vehicle roadway leveraging cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) technologies.
  • Owned and operated by the City of Peachtree Corners, Curiosity Lab is one of North America’s only real-world testing environments and is available for use free of charge.

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Amidst the ceaseless flux of change, Peachtree Corners shines as a beacon of innovation, sustainability, and progress. Being at the forefront of bringing innovation, Peachtree Corners is one of the United States’ first 5G smart cities powered by real-world connected infrastructure. With some of the ground-breaking partnerships and collaborations, it is one of the nation’s first smart cities powered by real-world connected infrastructure and 5G.

For instance, Peachtree Corners collaborated with the National Technological Innovation Authority in Israel to enable selected Israeli companies to showcase city safety and IoT-enabled operations to the heart of “Silicon Orchard".

Recently, Peachtree Corners announced that the global leader in EV charging solutions, Siemens, has joined the Curiosity Lab smart city ecosystem to support bringing 5G electrification to America. Siemens's American-built charging stations and infrastructure will be installed at Curiosity Lab leveraging T-Mobile’s 5G network as the company continues to evolve its EV charging infrastructure solutions.

With both Siemens eMobility R&D hub and the North American Headquarters for Siemens Electrical Products located in Peachtree Corners, Siemens is the city’s largest employer and is actively supporting the community with six EV chargers already deployed. These chargers contribute to Peachtree Corners having the largest EV charging hub outside of Metro Atlanta.

Curiosity Lab: A living laboratory for the future

Curiosity Lab serves as the real-world proving ground for this ambitious vision. Equipped with a three-mile autonomous vehicle roadway bolstered by T-Mobile's 5G network, Curiosity Lab provides the ideal testing environment for refining the concept of 5G electrification. The infusion of Siemens' charging infrastructure into this living laboratory not only demonstrates the viability of such an ecosystem but also heralds the widespread adoption of this paradigm shift across the nation. Brian Johnson, City Manager of Peachtree Corners, said:

As one of the leading smart cities in the United States, we are always looking towards the future. The electrification of America is well on its way, and here in Peachtree Corners we are proud to be embracing this technology further with Siemens joining our Curiosity Lab ecosystem. 

As a global leader in this space, we are honored to have had Siemens’ continuous support for our city’s adoption of this technology. Expanding their charging infrastructure at Curiosity Lab only strengthens that ongoing support. Together with Siemens, T-Mobile’s 5G and our real-world environment, we will be able to continue to improve EV infrastructure for a positive impact towards the future of the electrification of America.”

5G Electrification: A nexus of innovation and sustainability

In an era where technology and sustainability converge, the partnership between Siemens and Curiosity Lab in Peachtree Corners, Georgia, is paving the way for a future characterised by 5G electrification in the United States. This visionary collaboration is not only transforming how we think about transportation but also redefining the potential of connectivity and sustainability on a national scale. John DeBoer, head of Siemens eMobility North America, said:

With our eMobility R&D headquarters just across the street, we’re thrilled to be supporting Peachtree Corners and joining the Curiosity Lab ecosystem alongside so many great partners whose goals are to bring EV infrastructure to the forefront of cities across the country.

With our community charging their vehicles each day right where we live and work, this will be a great way to continuously evaluate our charging infrastructure as we collectively seek an electrified future.”

Beyond impact: Envisioning a transformed landscape

The ripple effects of 5G electrification extend far beyond the boundaries of Peachtree Corners. As this partnership gains momentum and evolves, it possesses the potential to reshape urban environments across America. Picture a landscape where electric vehicles communicate seamlessly with one another and with traffic systems, optimizing traffic flow and reducing congestion. Envision a reality where charging stations, powered by renewable energy sources, become as ubiquitous as traditional gas stations, facilitating effortless cross-country EV journeys. These aspirations, fueled by the innovative collaboration between Siemens, Curiosity Lab, and T-Mobile, are not merely futuristic dreams but plausible realities on the horizon.

Siemens shares our vision of leveraging the benefits of 5G for the betterment of our communities,” said Dave Bezzant, Vice President, T-Mobile for Government. “We are thrilled to have Siemens joining the Curiosity Lab ecosystem, and we are looking forward to working with their team to provide 5G wireless connectivity for this project.

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