Avaya networking and communications to connect state of Virginia’s first Smart City

Selected as a foundation technology partner by 22 Capital Partners, Avaya to provide secure communication fabric for new platform, setting standard for future Smart Cities

Santa Clara, Calif.-- September 29, 2016 — The state of Virginia’s first Smart City is poised to set the standard for cities of the future, thanks to a new initiative driven by 22 Capital Partners in partnership with Avaya. 22 Capital Partners selected Avaya as a foundation technology partner to provide the framework for the next generation “Smart City In-a-Box” platform, which will first be rolled out in the Gramercy District in Ashburn, Va. By integrating Avaya's Software-Defined Network (SDN-Fx) with 22 Capital Partners’ Smart City Platform--known as 22CityLink--Avaya enables the delivery of a single, simplified and secured communication fabric to keep pace with the ever-increasing demand for mobile, social and cloud-based communications applications.

22 CityLink is a $500+ million, 16.8 acre, 2.5+ million square feet mixed-use development that will showcase world-class technologies and companies from around the world. The development will serve as a “living laboratory,” which will house 22 CityLink’s technology and solution partners. Within the Gramercy District, Avaya and 22 Capital Partners will design an Innovation Center to showcase solutions in smart workplace, smart healthcare, smart network operations, smart retail, cognitive computing, big data analytics with next generation automation capabilities and more. The intent of this “live-sandbox” environment is to take an integrated and realistic approach to develop an urban area that creates sustainable economic development while delivering differentiated experiences and a high quality of life.

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The goal of the 22 CityLink initiative is to provide the best personalized digital experience possible for every individual within the smart city by focusing on a holistic approach using turnkey virtual networks and applications offering lower cost solutions previously unavailable. A universal platform supporting access to any device and data in a secure environment is the key to the smart city of the future.


“The 22 CityLink platform is bringing together state-of-the-art technologies from around the world, and we are excited to be selected as a key part of the foundation of this innovative platform for the Smart Digital World. We are looking forward to designing a Center of Excellence to showcase Smart City solutions in a ‘living laboratory’ environment at Gramercy District.”

--Kevin J. Kennedy, President and CEO of Avaya

"Working together with 22 CityLink, we are actively developing an architecture that will take full advantage of Avaya’s suite of solutions. With Avaya’s Software-Defined Network (SDN-Fx) technology, Contact Center, Unified Communications, Customer Engagement and Breeze software solutions, our goal is to enable a higher level of engagement among all of the smart city inhabitants in an economically viable approach.”

--Jean Turgeon, Vice President and Chief Technologist Software-Defined Architecture for Avaya

“Avaya, with their industry leading and innovative approach, is bringing world-class solutions to the 22 CityLink Smart City platform providing the base foundation for our unified communications and data fabric. By integrating the Avaya SDN-Fx architecture and the Avaya Breeze platform into the 22 CityLink platform, we now have the ability to provide universal access, agility and security, which will help make the project a success.”

--Minh Le, Managing Partner of 22 Capital Partners

About 22 Capital Partners

22 Capital Partners is a venture builder company and global private equity firm investing in commercial real estate, technology, and clean and renewable energy. 22 Capital Partners is the lead investor and master developer of the Gramercy District, blending its focus in real estate and technology. Strategically located in Loudoun County, [Va., the Gramercy District is a fully entitled 2.5 million square-foot, $500+ million development located at the premier transit-oriented location. The Gramercy District property abuts the Dulles Greenway (Route 267) – the major highway connecting central Loudoun County, to Fairfax County, Arlington[, and[Washington, DC. The mixed-use development is located within close proximity to Washington Dulles International Airport and is at the future Silver [Line Ashburn Metro Station, opening in late 2019. This project is the first smart city in the region and one of the first in the country[.

About 22 CityLink

22 CityLink is creating a “Smart City In-a-Box” platform and is focused on building key partnerships in technology, academia, local, state, and federal government agencies to help develop new governance models and integrated technology real estate development approaches required for next generation urbanization projects. The 22 CityLink platform provides a sustainable approach to build smart cities based on sound economics.

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