Purdue Research Foundation joins AT&T’s Connected Climate Initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue Research Foundation announced Wednesday (Nov. 10) a collaboration with AT&T* to explore the potential of 5G technology to improve power management and reduce overall energy consumption in industrial manufacturing settings.

The collaboration is part of AT&T’s Connected Climate Initiative, which brings together leading technology companies, AT&T Business customers, universities and nonprofits with the goal of collectively reducing greenhouse gas emissions by a gigaton – approximately 15% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in 2019.

The collaboration developed out of conversations with AT&T after the company joined an industry-based technology leadership advisory board for the Discovery Park District at Purdue. The master-planned smart community adjacent to Purdue University’s campus leverages a unique neutral host platform to deliver leading-edge connectivity services to residence and tenants, and supports real-world, at-scale development for new technologies.

“Industry partners are critical to the success of the ‘lab to life’ innovation platform,” said Troy Hege, vice president, innovation and technology for PRF. “We know the most impactful opportunities often come at the intersection of research and communities, and private partners can be tremendously helpful for understanding the user experience and how technology can be used to solve challenges in local communities.”

AT&T is providing funding for the new research project. PRF is identifying an industrial manufacturing partner to explore how 5G wireless technology can be used to implement industry 4.0 applications and use cases that could enable more efficient and effective power management to reduce overall power consumption and associated emissions.

Additionally, PRF is partnering with the Indiana 5G Zone on the project.

“5G has the potential to transform the industrial manufacturing sector by connecting machinery and delivering near real-time performance information to help uncover hidden inefficiencies and drive down energy use and emissions,” said Sean Hendrix, managing director of the Indiana 5G Zone. “We’re looking forward to modeling a factory environment in our downtown Indianapolis lab and exploring the power of 5G and edge computing to make manufacturing more environmentally sustainable.”

“5G and eventually 6G are enabling more (higher-capacity) and faster (lower-latency) communications,” said David Broecker, chief innovation and collaboration officer for PRF. “As we move up the technology adoption curve, it will unlock applications and use cases that simply were not possible before. More and faster communications enable edge-based super computing and real-time analytics that in turn could enable much more efficient power use and managements and greener technologies.”

The research with the AT&T Connected Climate Initiative will provide opportunities for Purdue students and faculty to work with companies on real-world problems that extend beyond the classroom and the lab.

“At AT&T, we’ve committed to be carbon neutral across our own global operations by 2035, but we’re not stopping there,” said John Schulz, director of sustainability operations at AT&T. “Since 2015, we’ve been harnessing the power of our connectivity to help our business customers reduce emissions at scale. With the Connected Climate Initiative, we’re taking the next step on this journey. And working with Purdue Research Foundation will allow us to better understand how 5G can help manufacturing companies lower their environmental footprint.”

Visit AT&T’s website for more information about the Connected Climate Initiative and the company’s broadband-enabled climate solutions.

About Discovery Park District at Purdue

The Discovery Park District at Purdue is a 400-acre, $1 billion-plus, purpose-driven community on the western edge of Purdue’s West Lafayette, Indiana, campus that will include laboratories, advanced manufacturing facilities, offices, retail shops, restaurants, housing, green space, trails, and an airport with a 7,000-foot runway. The district, which is a designated opportunity zone, houses the Convergence Center for Innovation and Collaboration, a facility designed to serve as a “front door” to companies that seek to collaborate with Purdue. Companies interested in locating in the Discovery Park District at Purdue or Convergence Center should contact David Broecker, the foundation’s chief innovation and collaboration officer, at dabroecker@prf.org.

About AT&T

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a diversified, global leader in telecommunications, media and entertainment, and technology. AT&T Communications provides more than 100 million U.S. consumers with entertainment and communications experiences across mobile and broadband. Plus, it serves high-speed, highly secure connectivity and smart solutions to nearly 3 million business customers. WarnerMedia is a leading media and entertainment company that creates and distributes premium and popular content to global audiences through its consumer brands, including: HBO, HBO Max, Warner Bros., TNT, TBS, truTV, CNN, DC Entertainment, New Line, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and Turner Classic Movies. Xandr, now part of WarnerMedia, provides marketers with innovative and relevant advertising solutions for consumers around premium video content and digital advertising through its platform. AT&T Latin America provides pay-TV services across 10 countries and territories in Latin America and the Caribbean and wireless services to consumers and businesses in Mexico.

Media inquiries: Christy Denault, 317-417-6322, csdenault@springmillcommunications.com

Sources: Troy Hege, tdhege@prf.org

Sean Hendrix, sean@ninetwelve.us

David Broecker, dabroecker@prf.org