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JBG Smith will deploy an advanced digital infrastructure that aims to deliver seamless connectivity and fuel innovation and new business models in Industry 4.0.

Mixed-use property developer JBG Smith has selected Fortress Solutions as a partner for end-to-end facilities management services for its fibre optics, edge data centre, and 5G infrastructure across National Landing in Washington DC, described as “the US’ first 5G smart city at scale”.

Located just across the Potomac from Washington, DC, and minutes from the Pentagon, National Landing is one of Virginia’s largest walkable downtown areas – blending city living and urban outdoors.

Digital infrastructure

JBG will deploy an advanced digital infrastructure that aims to deliver seamless connectivity and fuel innovation and new business models in Industry 4.0.

National Landing comprises three neighbourhoods including Crystal City, Pentagon City and Potomac Yard. National Landing is home to the Pentagon, Boeing’s global headquarters, Virginia Tech’s Innovation Campus, and Amazon’s second global headquarters.

Fortress Solutions will provide design and implementation services as well as operate and maintain the edge data centre facilities for JBG Smith.

In doing so, Fortress with JBG Smith, will be delivering co-location capabilities, ultra-low latency 5G communications, and dark fibre connections in support of carrier networks, IoT devices, and next generation artificial intelligence (AI), augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR), and robotics applications.

According to JGB Smith, this network will enable a world-class digital infrastructure for JBG Smith’s corporate, residential, and retail tenants within National Landing.

Fortress will play a key role in supporting JBG Smith’s customers, including its partnership with AT&T to deploy and operate a ubiquitous outdoor 5G network in National Landing. JBG Smith delivered the first phase of the converged digital infrastructure platform last year, with 5G small cell infrastructure expected to be on air in the first half of 2023.

“This partnership with Fortress Solutions gives JBG Smith tremendous operational support to deliver on the power of converged digital infrastructure and seamless network operations in National Landing, providing leverage for entrepreneurs, universities, and global technology companies to deliver digital transformation across both their digital landscape and built environment,” said Adam Rashid, SVP, investments and lead of the digital infrastructure at JBG Smith.

“We’re thrilled to be a major player in creating the first 5G smart city at scale with JBG Smith,” added John Shelnutt, CEO at Fortress Solutions.

“Fortress is excited to bring our suite of managed services to implement and operate this state-of-the-art data centre that’s enabling the convergence of 5G, cloud and IoT services bringing the emergence of smart cities to full production.”

Fortress Solutions is a global provider of digital infrastructure deployment, logistical support, and monitoring and analysis. The company supports the telecommunications market, EV charging integration, drone fleet management, as well as other digital transformation efforts.

JBG SMITH owns, operates, invests in, and develops mixed-use properties in high growth and high barrier-to-entry submarkets in and around Washington DC.

Approximately two-thirds of its holdings are in the National Landing submarket in Northern Virginia, which is anchored by four key demand drivers: Amazon’s new headquarters, which is being developed by JBG Smith; Virginia Tech’s under-construction $1bn Innovation Campus; the submarket’s proximity to the Pentagon; and the company’s deployment of next-generation public and private 5G digital infrastructure.


Quelle/Source: Smart Cities World, 28.02.2023

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