Leading US operator AT&T has thrown its considerable weight behind a new trade organization set up to foster the growth of M2M technology.
The operator has been unveiled as the newest member of the International M2M Council (IMC), which was formed earlier this year by a group of high-profile companies involved in the M2M industry.
The IMC says one of its main goals is to prove the business case for M2M services, and it is currently working on a major initiative to develop a library of M2M case studies containing valuable insights about the return on investment and cost of deploying M2M technology, besides examples of best practice in this area.
The IMC expects AT&T (Dallas, TX, USA) to play a “significant role” in that initiative.
Like a number of other multinational operators, AT&T has been taking a keen interest in M2M and is now viewed as a global leader in the field.
In June, the operator announced that it was adding new “Foundry” locations – incubators where it supports new, cutting-edge businesses – and that M2M figured prominently in its plans for these facilities.
“We see the IMC as a natural extension of our Foundry initiative,” said Mobeen Kahn, executive director of Advanced Mobility Solutions for AT&T Business Solutions, who will serve on the IMC board. “The Foundries provide AT&T expertise to assist technology companies implementing connected living solutions, and the IMC will provide a range of content that they can reference.”
The involvement of AT&T should provide a significant boost to the IMC’s efforts to accelerate the rollout of M2M services across a range of industrial and consumer sectors by bringing together solution providers and users of M2M technology.
“We welcome AT&T as a major player in the M2M industry,” said IMC Chairman Jurgen Hase, vice president of Deutsche Telekom’s (Bonn, Germany) M2M Competence Center.
“AT&T will support us in bringing together M2M adopters from many different vertical markets into one collaborative environment.”
Other sustaining members of the IMC include Digi International (Minnetonka, MN, USA), Kore Telematics (Alpharetta, GA, USA), Oracle Corporation (Redwood City, CA, USA), Orbcomm (Rochelle Park, NJ, USA) and Telit Wireless Solutions (London, UK).