AT&T Expands IoT with 945k New Connections in Q1 2015
AT&T, Monday announced that it has struck IoT agreements with more than 136 companies across numerous industries, including agriculture, automotive, aviation, energy, healthcare, transportation, security and supply chain logistics. AT&T also notes that its network had nearly 22 million IoT connected devices worldwide as end of March, with more than 945,000 smart devices connected during the first quarter of this year alone, of which 684,000 were connected cars. The numbers are 70 percent more compared to the same quarter a year ago.
According to AT&T, businesses are increasingly turning to machine-to-machine (M2M) or industrial IoT technology for cutting costs, boosting revenue, saving time, reducing energy use and increasing visibility. The second largest mobile Operator in the US has a range of IoT/M2M solutions that cater for specific industries, including AT&T Cargo View with FlightSafe® for global assets monitoring; AT&T Smart Grid to use smart meters to help make energy grids more efficient and reliable and AT&T M2X which allows customers to connect their devices to AT&T’s cloud-based data storage service.