AT&T to unveil M2M developer kit

US telecoms giant AT&T has launched a new cloud-based M2M service aimed at fuelling the development of new applications and boosting take-up of its managed services.

Branded the AT&T (Dallas, TX, USA) M2X Developer Kit, the service includes a cloud-based data storage service that will allow customers to manage the data collected from connected devices.

The other component is a Control Center powered by M2M platforms provider Jasper Wireless (Mountain View, CA, USA), enabling M2M developers to transmit and collect data from SIMs on any connected machine.

US telecoms giant AT&T has launched a new cloud-based M2M service aimed at fuelling the development of new applications and boosting take-up of its managed services.

Branded the AT&T (Dallas, TX, USA) M2X Developer Kit, the service includes a cloud-based data storage service that will allow customers to manage the data collected from connected devices.

The other component is a Control Center powered by M2M platforms provider Jasper Wireless (Mountain View, CA, USA), enabling M2M developers to transmit and collect data from SIMs on any connected machine.

AT&T claims to have already signed up its first customer in the shape of Birdi, which has developed a device that monitors air quality and pollution and is able to notify customers via an app, text message or phone call.

“Birdi is a data-driven company that connects to people on their landline and cell phones,” said Mark Belinsky, the chief executive of Birdi. “We’re excited to work with AT&T to utilize data and connectivity to keep homes healthier and safer than they’ve ever been.”

The M2X Developer Kit appears to be the product of AT&T’s ongoing investment in ‘Foundry’ facilities where research into new technologies can be carried out.

In June, the operator announced plans to open new ‘Foundry’ facilities in Atlanta and the Dallas-Forth Worth area to speed up the development of new technologies and applications.

“AT&T M2X is the direct result of AT&T Foundry innovation and agile execution,” said Mike Troiano, the vice president of advanced mobility solutions for AT&T Business Solutions. “In a very short period of time, we’ve integrated various AT&T assets and created a sandbox that gives developers the tools they need to build M2M applications never seen before.”

“The possibilities are endless for new M2M applications and services to emerge,” he added.

AT&T says the M2X will be demonstrated to developers at its Developer Summit Hackathon in January.

At the end of September, AT&T claimed to have 15.9 million connected devices on its network and to have certified 1,800 different types of connected devices.