Frisco Station, a 242-acre, mixed-use development in Frisco, Texas, announced plans to deploy integrated connectivity from AT&T.
The future deployments will include “wireless stealth micro cells,” fiber-based internet service and Wi-Fi throughout all common areas, according to Frisco Station and AT&T.
Frisco Station said that the development will be one of the first connected communities in the nation built from the ground up with 5G Evolution wireless technology from AT&T.
“Frisco Station understands the future belongs to the individual,” said Ed Balcerzak, SVP of AT&T Connected Communities in a statement. “With this development, we’re working together to give you more of your thing and connect you to the people, information and entertainment you care about.”
“Stations are places where people go to make connections. That’s why the Frisco Station Partnership chose AT&T as its partner to implement a platform that can support a connected community at every stage,” said Mike Berry, president of Hillwood, Frisco Station’s master developer. “We believe we are creating a high-tech environment, unlike anywhere else in the country, that has the potential to change the way people think about what’s possible in their day-to-day interactions with people and information.”
AT&T highlighted that this investment in innovative technologies will allow Frisco Station to be ready for new innovations to be launched, like Uber Air’s first Skyport and the recently announced drive.ai autonomous vehicle pilot program.
In May, California-based self-driving car company Drive.ai launched a pilot program to bring an on-demand, self-driving car service to Frisco.
The company said that the pilot was expected to be launched in July this year in cooperation with the Frisco Transportation Management Association (TMA). Drive.ai said it will offer rides to over 10,000 people in self-driving vehicles within a geofenced area comprised of retail, entertainment, and office space. The initial pilot will run for six months, beginning with fixed pickup and drop-off locations around Hall Park and The Star, and with planned expansion into Frisco Station.
Once the program is live, riders will use the Drive.ai app to hail complimentary on-demand rides in self-driving cars that connect to popular destinations in Frisco.
“By proactively addressing current and future connectivity needs, Frisco Station will be prepared for greater reliance on smart devices and automated platforms for transportation, healthcare, entertainment and lifestyle advancements – connecting an anticipated 15,000-person daytime population, five million square feet of office and 2,400 urban living residents,” AT&T’s statement reads.
Located along Frisco’s North Platinum Corridor, Frisco Station includes office, residential and medical space, along with a retail and restaurant district.-RCR Wireless