AT&T moves ahead in IoT biz by adding 5.8 million connected cars

AT&T data plans
AT&T today said it has signed more than 300 Internet of Things (IoT) deals this year, across the U.S. and abroad.

The main focus areas of AT&T’s IoT business was to connect devices across the automotive, shipping, industrial, health care, home security and smart cities sectors.

Verizon Wireless is the main competitor of AT&T in the IoT business.

In October, Verizon said its revenue from the IoT totaled approximately $175 million in Q3 2015 and about $495 million in the first nine months of 2015. In August, Verizon launched hum tm, a telematics service that creates a smart, connected driving experience with an addressable market of 150 million vehicles in the U.S.

AT&T IoT network connects about 25 million devices, an increase of more than 25 percent compared to Q3 2014.  In Q3 2015 alone, AT&T added a record of more than 1.6 million connected devices. Of that number, 1 million were connected cars.

“We think 2016 will be the year when IoT becomes an indispensable part of our daily lives as consumers, governments and businesses fully embrace all it has to offer,” said Ralph de la Vega, CEO, AT&T Mobile and Business Solutions

AT&T is working with 9 top automakers. AT&T has 5.8 million connected cars on the AT&T network as of the third quarter, and expects to connect more than 50 percent of all new connected U.S. passenger vehicles by year-end.

In 2015, AT&T announced connected car deals with Subaru, Jaguar Land Rover and Audi of America.

Maersk is using AT&T IoT technology to track shipping containers and keep perishable contents at the desired temperature.

AT&T is working with Rockwell Automation to deliver a solution that lets Rockwell Automation’s customers collect, manage and act on data, such as maintenance or malfunction alerts from global industrial equipment.

Roof Monitor is using AT&T IoT technology to offer Roof Sensor, which monitors live loads of water and snow on the roofs of low-sloped buildings and informs businesses of potential risk.

AT&T launched more than 14 new wearable devices this year — help in tracking everyday activities and take control of health and wellness.

AT&T is working with Dr. Lynda Chin of the Institute for Health Transformation at the University of Texas System to develop technology that provides personalized diabetes care outside the doctor’s office.

AT&T is yet to share its revenue from IoT business.

Baburajan K
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