Chamber task force to pitch Atlanta area as hub of Internet of Things


The Metro Atlanta Chamber and some of its biggest corporate names plan to announce a task force Thursday to sell the region as a tech capital for the Internet of Things.

IoT.ATL, or Internet of Things Atlanta, is a task force corporate executives whose mission will be to recruit startups and established companies in the field to invest in Atlanta, grow talent here and raise the region’s profile as hub for IoT and “smart cities” programs.

In addition to creating jobs and recruiting venture capital, the aim is also to eventually influence policy to make the region more attractive to IoT companies.

What is IoT? It’s when complex machines and devices you use every day are all connected to the Internet and talk to each other, share data and even analyze it. A Fitbit, intelligent thermostats and smartphones might be the way most people have been introduced to IoT.

Simply put, IoT has the potential to revolutionize the way people live and work the same way computers have.

Chamber President and CEO Hala Moddelmog called IoT innovation “one of the key industry sectors emerging as the next frontier for business.”

The chamber, she said, is committed to growing what she called a critical sector of the regional economy.

The metro area is becoming a hub of IoT, and the chamber and state Department of Economic Development wants the world to know about it. IoT.ATL will aid that marketing message.

The launch of IoT.ATL comes as a chamber delegation and dozens of Atlanta area tech companies are in San Francisco for the influential GSMA Mobile World Congress Americas convention.

Metro Atlanta is home to GE Digital, the digital hub of the industrial giant, and other IoT-related tech centers from such corporate giants as AT&T and Honeywell.

It’s in smart city technology and intelligent transportation and logistics that the chamber and consulting partner Accenture say the Atlanta area has an advantage in recruiting IoT talent and investment.

AT&T Smart Cities General Manager Mike Zeto will be the chairman of the group, and co-chairs include GE CIO Jim Fowler, Weather Company CEO Cameron Clayton and Jim Bailey, senior managing director of Accenture Digital.

“It’s a multi-trillion-dollar opportunity in the United States,” Bailey said. “Many cities are looking at how they can best capitalize on that opportunity.”

Related coverage

Honeywell hiring up for Midtown Atlanta hub

GE Digital finds its home in Buckhead

MYAJC.COM: REAL JOURNALISM. REAL LOCAL IMPACT.

AJC Business reporter J. Scott Trubey keeps you updated on the latest news about economic development and commercial real estate in metro Atlanta and beyond. You'll find more on myAJC.com, including these stories:

Never miss a minute of what's happening in local business news. Subscribe to myAJC.com.

In other Technology news:



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Business

Home sales sag, but prices up 9.9 percent from last year
Home sales sag, but prices up 9.9 percent from last year

Metro Atlanta home prices are up 9.9 percent from a year ago, even as the number of sales has slipped. The strong rise in prices is a sign of the continued imbalance in housing, with demand continuing to out-pace supply. The median price of a home sold in May was $248,445, compared to $226,000 during the same month a year ago, according to a report...
Tapped-out demand for beer partly blamed for layoffs
Tapped-out demand for beer partly blamed for layoffs

A global manufacturer of glass has confirmed plans to close its Atlanta facility next month, laying off about 270 people, most of them hourly workers. Owens-Illinois, Inc., which is based in Ohio, will shutter the Sylvan Road facility around July 18, according to a spokeswoman at the $6.9 billion-a-year company. The decision to close the Atlanta plant...
Talk rising of possible recession, trade key danger for Atlanta
Talk rising of possible recession, trade key danger for Atlanta

Tom Smith watches each Sunday morning for signs of recession at Panera Bread. It’s telling: The size of the crowd, the attitude of the families – are they enjoying the chance to relax and spend a little money on themselves, the way people do when they have a few dollars extra, or are they anxious about keeping their jobs and paying their...
Kempner: Disappearing public companies? Federal regulator concerned
Kempner: Disappearing public companies? Federal regulator concerned

Where did half our nation’s public companies go? If you’ve got a hankering to invest your life savings, it might look as if you have plenty of options, some good and some unnerving. There are stocks, bonds, real estate, gold, and even some cryptocurrency markets that concern regulators. But the number of publicly traded companies has dropped...
Nine months after breach, Equifax names IBM-er new tech chief
Nine months after breach, Equifax names IBM-er new tech chief

Equifax on Thursday named an IBM executive as chief technology officer. Bryson Koehler, previously top technology executive at IBM Watson and Cloud Platform, will be responsible “for leading Equifax's global information technology strategy and development,” the company said in a statement.  Bryson replaces Mark Rohrwasser, interim...
More Stories