Mobeen Khan, AVP, IoT Strategy & Product Management“Today, enterprises are leveraging IoT solutions for increasing the efficiency of a process or making things smarter with actionable data,” says Mobeen Khan, AVP IoT Strategy and Product Management, AT&T [NYSE:T]. To reap the benefits of IoT technology to the fullest, enterprises are looking for a comprehensive solution that meets the requirements for interconnecting the various ‘things.’ “One platform to manage all their services and view the dashboards in a single screen, in addition to offering end-to-end security in the connectivity layer,” points out Khan. Acknowledging the diverse needs of organizations, AT&T IoT portfolio offers solutions encompassing asset management, vehicle tracking, industrial operations monitoring, and smart cities management—enabling clients to design, deploy, and control the complete IoT solution with ease.
To cater to the market with better developer tools, AT&T IoT Platforms Flow and M2X allow enterprises to manage devices, collect time-series, make decisions on that data using intuitive interface to design, build, and host IoT applications. AT&T’s M2X also provides highly secure and reliable data storage for connected devices. “We hide the low level complexity from users and enable them to focus on the data at hand,” adds Khan. This enables executives to make quick decisions, design automated systems, and conduct strategic analysis.
AT&T’s complete technology stack for IoT incorporates three layers: Connectivity, Platform, and Solutions. “In the connectivity layer, we lead with our Global SIM along with Long Term Evolution (LTE) cellular network and our engagement with the IoT device ecosystem—working with partners to build economical and robust devices and device platforms,” states Khan. Connectivity is managed through AT&T control center that ease the management and billing of SIMs and connectivity services for its customers through an online portal or APIs. “From a developer’s or solution integrator’s perspective what is needed is the ability to connect IoT devices with backend applications in a seamless way,” says Khan.
We hide the low level complexity from developers and SIs and enable them to focus on the data at hand
Paying heed to these requirements, AT&T has developed tools and platforms that help developers build and seamlessly integrate different devices of the solution. In addition, the IoT Platform comprising Flow and M2X, allows applications to run in various cloud platforms like Microsoft Azure, IBM Bluemix, and others. “The hassle-free integration allows developers to easily connect to backend applications running in different environments. If your backend application lies in Salesforce, then you can use Heroku environment and integrate M2X into your applications running in SFDC,” elucidates Khan.
AT&T IoT Platform has delivered connected environments to numerous global clients and helped them generate higher ROI. In one instance, a large beverage company was in need of a solution to keep tabs on the temperature of beverages and monitor inventory in vending machines. AT&T’s IoT Platform helped the client stay updated with the live data feed of temperature and the number of beverages in the vending machines. In case the machines malfunctioned, the client was immediately notified about the incident.
Moving ahead, AT&T is expanding its IoT solutions by providing multi-network connectivity across the globe and will be focusing on delivering superior connectivity between devices for better control of ‘things.’ “We will continue to work with ecosystem and platform partners, and add new features to our end-to-end solutions targeting vehicle asset management and smart city landscape,” concludes Khan.