AT&T Diving into IoT Space, Reveals $99 Starter Kit
- AT&T offering $99 IoT developer solution, stuffed with hardware and software goodies
- Takes trouble of buying individual pieces, subscribing to individual services
- Available now, shipping August 15
AT&T has decided to occupy a different portion of the IoT market space, offering a sub-$100 IoT starter kit that will let developers take advantage of 4G LTE connectivity and hardware, professional-grade application tools and 'out-of-box' integration with leading cloud platforms.
The kit comes as a full-bodied solution to developers who want a "plug-and-play" experience that is easily accessible.
Introduced in the package is a combination of hardware and software that Chris Penrose, AT&T's senior vice president for IoT Solutions, thinks is "well above the price."
Specific details include a Cat-1 LTE modem, an AT&T global SIM, all necessary APIs for startup connectivity and testing, onboard cloud storage (that play well with Microsoft's Azure cloud and IBMs bluemix), ex and integration of Flow Designer tools.
“Developers are the ones driving innovation in the IoT industry,” Penrose said during at the Cisco Live Las Vegas Conference. “Our new IoT Starter Kit creates a faster and easier way for them to create IoT solutions. We’re now offering a one-stop shop to help transform their ideas into impactful IoT services.”
AT&T has noted that they are working with Cisco and Avnet to develop the kit, adding aspects such as Ciscos service platform integration into the final product.
This will also let AT&T's IBM Watson and Microsoft Azure variations blend a bit more seamlessly.
The end goal is very clear as AT&T begins standing out in the IoT space. Many companies – like Comcast, Google, and a swarm of crowdfunded manufacturers – have been utilizing and branding themselves as IoT adopters, AT&T is hoping to take a new route.
AT&T's IoT kit is available now on their website, but shipping won't start until August 15.