On February 26, we announced our win with CarForce and previewed the Internet of Things (IoT) solution the connected car company is building with us.
Now, we’d like to introduce people to the underlying platforms we’ve deployed to work with CarForce and others. Additionally, it’s important to talk about the role these platforms play in the broader ecosystem.
The platform is the glue that pulls together information from sensors, devices, networks, and software that work together to unlock valuable, actionable data.
An IoT platform is an end-to-end software framework. It's the glue that pulls together information from sensors, devices, networks, and software that work together to unlock valuable, actionable data.
A platform should have the ability to:
It can be challenging for an enterprise to determine what makes a good IoT platform and which platform can help solve its business problems. There are a multitude of choices in the market, which makes it even more confusing for customers to make the right choice.
To help you in your search, here are some key factors to consider:
Another critical factor to consider is ease of use.
Businesses want a rapid pace when going from proof-of-concept (POC) to deployment and scalability. They also want to quickly conduct small prototypes and prove the value from IoT before they really consider deploying across their business.
Rather than running the business based on siloed information generated from these assets, organizations should consider integrating the various operations under a single end-to-end IoT-driven approach.
Today's enterprises are a complex web of diverse global assets.
Rather than running the business based on siloed information generated from these assets, organizations should consider integrating the various operations under a single end-to-end IoT-driven approach. To help achieve this and bring your company to new heights, we employ the following:
Here are some key characteristics of our platform:
DataFlow is a key component of the AT&T IoT Platform.
AT&T DataFlow will combine the AT&T M2X and AT&T Flow Designer platforms, making it easier for enterprise developers and system integrators to build and launch IoT solutions. As business demands evolve, organizations can use this service to easily orchestrate the distribution of sensor data between IoT devices, existing business infrastructure, and a host of integrated cloud services to scale IoT solutions.
DataFlow, a cloud-based AT&T managed solution development platform, will allow for remote connections and management of all objects and devices. The GUI-based development environment facilitates the data collection, management, and integration with IT and business operations to help generate value for enterprise customers.
Let’s look inside the DataFlow platform and observe the key features it provides for solution developers:
DataFlow helps businesses maximize their IoT investments by connecting, collecting, transforming, and orchestrating their data.
Solution developers are looking for microservices-based platform services to build and deploy solutions without needing to write long and complex code.
The DataFlow solution development life cycle will provide enhanced project templates, device templates, and a client libraries-based approach to take you from design to deployment. It will also integrate with IT and OT systems. Additional key features include:
AT&T DataFlow is available now for preview by interested customers and is expected to be commercially available in the second quarter of 2018. To learn more, please visit our DataFlow page.
In January, IDC published the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide IoT Platforms (Device and Network Connectivity Providers) 2018 Vendor Assessment.
In the assessment, AT&T was positioned as a “Leader.”
“AT&T was rated as the most likely communications services provider (CSP) to gain prominence in the Internet of Things market, demonstrating that the company has garnered strong mindshare in the space, especially within its home market of the United States,” IDC said in the assessment.
The IDC MarketScape vendor analysis model is designed to provide an overview of the competitive fitness of information and communications technology (ICT) suppliers in a given market. The research methodology utilizes a rigorous scoring methodology based on both qualitative and quantitative criteria that results in a single graphical illustration of each vendor’s position within a given market.
Visit the AT&T IoT solutions page for reports, videos, and other resources to help you learn more about the emerging technology that's helping businesses transform.
Learn how to choose the right platform for your business in this free report from AT&T.
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