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AT&T M2M News

Learn about AT&T as a leader in machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, read recent M2M announcements, and view related media.

M2M Information

  • Overview

    As a leader in machine-to machine (M2M) communications, AT&T is helping to lead the emergence of the real-time, adaptive enterprise. Our goal is to help drive wireless capabilities into a wide variety of devices beyond traditional handsets, allowing our business customers to reduce operational costs and enable new revenue opportunities.

    AT&T defines M2M communications as a set of networking and IT technologies, which connects the physical systems of the world such as power meters, trucks, containers, cars, pipelines, wind farm turbines, vending machines and any electronic device which would benefit from 2-way communications.

    AT&T has a proven M2M success record, with millions of emerging devices in active service and industry analyst recognition for solution deployment experience and capability.

    • Recently, AT&T has seen increasing demand for M2M solutions. Connected device opportunities with business customers have tripled in the past year.
    • As of Q1 2014, AT&T has 17 million connected devices on our network.
    • AT&T has certified 1,800 connected devices and that number is growing.

    M2M solutions have the potential to extend the reach of your business, allowing you to capture information and control resources almost anywhere, to change processes within your organization and to develop enhanced customer services. There has never been a better time to explore the possibilities of M2M and its potential for providing a competitive advantage in your industry.

    Visit AT&T M2M Solutions for more information on our M2M services.

  • Use Cases

    With mobile communications now an integral part of the modern enterprise, executives are increasingly willing to explore M2M solutions as ways to gain a competitive advantage:

    • Shippers track containers, trucks, and high-value or temperature-sensitive cargo.
    • Car and equipment rental companies locate, monitor and remotely lock or unlock vehicles.
    • Utilities use smart meters to monitor the electricity grid and isolate problems.
    • Retailers can track and restock inventory.
    • Service providers can plan routing of client site calls.

    M2M devices are being integrated into digital billboards, allowing changes based on time of day or day of week and enabling global updates to be performed from a central location. They are also being embedded into traditional and electric vehicles to enable the owner to monitor and control vehicle charge settings, plan journeys, locate charging stations and pre-heat or cool the car. Automakers and other manufacturers are also making extensive use of M2M to monitor, control and connect complex systems that link individual machine components on the plant floor with advanced control systems and, ultimately, manufacturing or enterprise resource planning software.

    Healthcare is another area of great potential, with M2M platforms being developed to support chronic disease management, general wellness and fitness, and help the elderly who choose to remain living in their own homes. In addition, the pharmaceutical supply chain continues to evolve and will require greater M2M visibility of product being distributed around the world.

    Companies around the world are turning to technology not only to transform the way they do business, but also to stand out as a leader in their respective industries.

  • In The News

    May 7, 2014
    Perspectives: Partnering to succeed in the Internet of Things

    May 7, 2014
    Dataquest: M2M is the next revolution in terms of gaining productivity

    May 5, 2014
    InformationWeek: Internet Of Things: What's Holding Us Back

    February, 19, 2014
    E-Commerce Times: IBM, AT&T Hook Up on Internet of Things 

    February, 24, 2014
    Light Reading:  AT&T Gauging Potential Customers For Its M2M Offerings

    Jan 17, 2014
    Microwaves & RF: M2M Developer Kit Aims to Spur Marketplace Innovation

    Oct 9, 2013
    All Things D: Rise of the Machines

    Aug 22, 2013
    Inbound Logistics: Get Airborne with Asset Tracking

    Aug 6, 2013
    Forbes: Machine To Machine Connections - The Internet Of Things - And Energy

    Jul 14, 2013
    Hindu Times: The Right Time to Explore M2M Solutions

    May 17, 2013
    Machine to Machine Evolution: Your Machines Are Talking, Are You Listening?

    May 15, 2013
    Channel Partners Online: Rise of the Machines: Making Money in M2M

    May 8, 2013
    Connected World: M2M and the Era of the App

    May 7, 2013
    Machine to Machine Solutions: AT&T and Wipro Offer M2M Development Services across Multiple Industries

    April 24, 2013
    FierceWireless: M2M customers may feel the pain of AT&T's 2G shutdown

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