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.