IBM, AT&T Team on Internet of Things for Smarter Cities
IBM and AT&T have teamed on creating Internet of things apps that will fuel the next generation of Smarter Cities.IBM and AT&T have announced a new global alliance to develop solutions that help support the "Internet of things." The companies will combine their analytic platforms, cloud, and security technologies with privacy in mind to gain more insights on data collected from machines in a variety of industries. The new AT&T and IBM alliance will initially focus on creating new solutions targeted for city governments and midsize utilities, said Michael Curry, vice president of WebSphere product management at IBM. These organizations intend to integrate and analyze vast quantities of data from assets such as mass transit vehicles, utility meters, and video cameras. As a result, cities may be able to better evaluate patterns and trends to improve urban planning and utilities can better manage their equipment to reduce costs. "This collaboration of two world-class companies will help deliver a more connected planet," said Chris Hill, senior vice president of AT&T Advanced Solutions, in a statement. "We share a vision that the 'Internet of Things' will help companies in a variety of industries rely on their remote assets and connected devices to take their business to the next level."
AT&T brings its Machine-to-Machine (M2M) globally accessible network, devices, and Global Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) to help connect assets worldwide to a single global network. These technologies are managed through AT&T’s M2M platforms to securely collect, organize, store and send the data to applications. IBM brings the Intelligent Operations Center, Maximo Asset Management, its advanced analytics capabilities, and IBM MessageSight Message Queuing Telemetry Transport (MQTT) Appliance, which complements the IBM MobileFirst family of solutions. IBM MobileFirst provides the management, security and analytics capabilities needed for organizations to capitalize on the increasing role of mobile devices in the Internet of things. The two companies will work together to build solutions at the AT&T M2M Foundry in Plano, Texas and IBM Global Solution Centers around the world.