AT&T and GE have signed a global alliance agreement to allow GE machines to connect to the AT&T network and cloud, creating the first highly secure wireless communications system for GE’s “Industrial Internet.”
GE will use AT&T's global network, mobility assets and machine-to-machine (M2M) communications expertise to allow wireless connectivity for "Industrial Internet" solutions.
The companies expect their M2M system will allow customers to benefit from increased productivity. Workers using the system will be able to remotely track, monitor, record and operate GE machinery, virtually anywhere in the world.
AT&T and GE plan to develop offerings that meld AT&T network technologies, single Global SIM (Subscriber Identity Module), device expertise, security, and cloud access for industrial products like electric vehicle chargers, lighting and engines. The companies also plan to collaborate in the AT&T Foundry® Innovation Center to build M2M solutions for GE’s software platform Predix™ that can proactively maintain and remotely control industrial machines.
Towards the Industrial Internet
“Imagine a world where an airline, for example, can remotely monitor, diagnose and resolve issues with its fleet engines virtually anywhere in the world,” said Andy Geisse, chief executive officer, AT&T Business Solutions. “GE’s vision of the Industrial Internet combined with our global network and leadership in M2M solutions are a powerful combination to help businesses realize the benefits of connected machines.”
"GE's collaboration with AT&T validates our shared and common vision for the Industrial Internet," said Bill Ruh, vice president and corporate officer, GE Software. "Together, we see a future where the intersection of people, data and brilliant machines will have an enormous impact on the productivity and efficiency of industries around the world. By connecting machines to the network and the cloud, we are taking an important step to enable workers all around the world to track, monitor, and operate our machinery wirelessly and remotely through highly secure and M2M communications.”
AT&T - a global leader in M2M communications
AT&T is a global leader in developing and deploying M2M communications and has a proven M2M success record, with millions of emerging devices connected to its network. The company has been recognized by industry analysts for its solutions deployment experience and capability. AT&T experienced a 38% increase in number of M2M customers over the last year.
In the 2012 M2M Scorecard for Communications Service Providers, analyst firm Analysys Mason named AT&T an Industry icon. The report noted “AT&T received top scores in M2M partnerships, M2M R&D and M2M organizational structure. AT&T has excelled in crafting its partnership strategy and internal organization. Its R&D focus – both in core research and solution development – is superlative.”
AT&T's outstanding network
AT&T has the fastest and now most reliable 4G LTE network in the U.S., as supported by independent third-party data.** The great performance of AT&T’s 4G LTE network continues to be validated by independent third-party testing:
• AT&T’s 4G LTE service was recognized as having faster average download and upload speeds than any of its competitors in PCWorld/TechHive’s May 2013 20-market speed tests – the second consecutive year that AT&T has ranked 1st overall. PCWorld/TechHive also ranked AT&T’s as the fastest combination of 3G and 4G services in the 20 cities it tested.
• AT&T was named America’s fastest 4G LTE network in PC Magazine’s 2013 Fastest Mobile Networks 30-market study – and also swept the top rankings in all six U.S. regions from coast to coast: Northeast, Southeast, North-Central, South-Central, Northwest and Southwest.
What the analysts say
Current Analysis reviewed the implications of the AT&T and GE alliance highlighted in early October 2013. Current Analysis is positive on the announcement and believes that is a great opportunity to further educate and advocate for the benefits and adoption of M2M solutions. In addition, Current Analysis sees great potential in the pairing of two M2M leaders, AT&T and GE, in enabling the capabilities to remotely track, monitor, record and operate GE machinery, virtually anywhere in the world.
**Source: Current Analysis, “AT&T and GE Ally for the ‘Industrial Internet’ of Things,” October 2013
Click here to read more of the Current Analysis report and other analysts’ views on AT&T’s M2M strategy.
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