AT&T signs over 300 IoT deals in 2015
This year, AT&T signed over 300 deals to connect devices across the automotive, shipping, industrial, health care, home security and smart cities sectors. AT&T now has an estimated 25 million connected devices on its network and has had a year-over-year increase of over 25% when compared to the third quarter of 2014. In this year’s third quarter, AT&T added over 1.6 million connected devices, 1 million of which were connected cars.
"This year was pivotal for IoT. We saw, and are continuing to see, tremendous global interest and adoption from virtually every industry," Ralph de la Vega, CEO, AT&T Mobile and Business Solutions, said in a statement. "Our IoT solutions help you monitor cargo, homes, vehicles and containers around the globe. You can connect light posts and water systems, wheelchairs, trashcans and soil. Connectivity is changing how companies operate and how people interact. Just wait until next year. We think 2016 will be the year when IoT becomes an indispensable part of our daily lives as consumers, governments and businesses fully embrace all it has to offer."
"We continue to set ourselves apart from other carriers in the IoT space. We invested early and continue to invest in IoT platforms - pushing innovation through industry collaborations and development of new uses cases for IoT that solve real problems," Glenn Lurie, president and CEO, AT&T Mobility added.
Key strides for AT&T in the connected devices sector include:
- Increasing the number of connected cars on the road . AT&T had 5.8 million connected cars on the road as of the third quarter.
- Connecting factory equipment, global shipping containers, farm gear, industrial ovens, fleets or remote workers with businesses. IoT helps reduce operational costs, automates processes and saves time.
- Helping cities tap into the power of IoT by working in the community by doing things like connecting utility grids, smart meters, water management systems, lighting and city infrastructure to increase efficiency and decrease waste of resources.
- Using connected devices to create health improvements. AT&T launched 14 wearable devices this year, many aimed at tracking everyday activities, allowing users to monitor their current levels of fitness.
- Creating tools, such as the AT&T Control Center, a platform that enables device certification, activation and ordering, as well setting up solutions and underlaying connectivity, to make IoT implementation easier.