AT&T has announced the launch of a 5G Innovation Zone in partnership with Samsung, where it said it will trial and develop manufacturing-focused technology aimed at enabling smart factories.

The innovation centre will be located inside Samsung’s semiconductor fabrication facility in Austin, Texas, and will be hooked up with an AT&T 5G connection using Samsung 5G networking equipment.

AT&T and Samsung said they will use the innovation zone to trial the use of location services for improving safety; industrial Internet of Things (IoT) sensors for monitoring environmental and equipment conditions, including temperature, speed, and vibration; and improving plant security and detection response via 4K video.

“As we evolve into a smart factory, Samsung Austin Semiconductor is continuously focused on leveraging data and automation to increase system performance,” Samsung Austin Semiconductor president Dr Sang-Pil Sim.

“This collaboration with Samsung Electronics America and AT&T will help us test how a 5G network can improve mobility, performance and efficiencies within our plant.”

AT&T’s 5G rollout will see it bring 5G by the end of 2018 to Dallas, Atlanta, Waco, Charlotte, Raleigh, Oklahoma City, Houston, New Orleans, San Antonio, Jacksonville, and Louisville.

It is additionally planning to launch mobile 5G services in parts of Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Nashville, Orlando, San Diego, San Francisco, and San Jose in early 2019.