AT&T Partners for M2M

2/16/2011

AT&T is expanding its footprint in the M2M (machine-to-machine) world with a variety of new partnerships and services. At this week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the company announced these new relationships, and said the focus is to accelerate M2M adoption for customers.

AT&T announced partnerships with Axeda Corp., www.axeda.com; ILS Technology, www.ilstechnology.com; SensorLogic, www.sensorlogic.com; and Sierra Wireless, www.sierrawireless.com. These companies specialize in M2M technology and AT&T says they will offer options for development, enterprise integration, and management of M2M solutions.

Each company focuses on certain areas. Axeda offers a cloud-based M2M application platform for industries including industrial, medical, IT, banking, retail, and government. ILS Technology’s deviceWISE M2M Application Platform is designed for management of critical infrastructure in the building automation, data center, energy management, and industrial markets.


SensorLogic will provide a cloud-based service-delivery platform for tracking and monitoring fleets and mobile assets. Finally, Sierra Wireless offers its AirVantage Platform, a cloud-based service and development environment. Sierra also provides M2M wireless modules, but this announcement is specifically associated with the company’s AirVantage Platform.

Each of these companies is working with AT&T to combine its platform with AT&T network services. According to Eric Krauss, director of M2M Product Management for AT&T Business Solutions, “The idea behind the announcement was to continue to demonstrate to the market that we’re trying to deliver a more complete solution including application development and device management for M2M devices.”

Krauss goes on to say that many customers are “looking for an application development environment where they can develop a client-based application for whatever their end-point is, and (also) have access to cloud services to store that data.”

According to AT&T, 1,100 connected non-stocked devices are approved for use on its network, of which 450 are M2M devices. AT&T’s aim with its new partnerships is to make it easier and faster for these types of devices to connect using the AT&T network.

AT&T also announced plans to extend its M2M global roaming services for its AT&T Control Center. Coverage is expected to cover roaming in more than 200 countries by the second half of 2011.




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