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AT&T, Microsoft rapid IoT application development

William Payne
September 21, 2017
Telecoms company AT&T has launched software to support faster deployment of IoT asset monitoring and management. Named AT&T Asset Management -- Operations Center, it will run on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. It also uses several Microsoft enterprise components, such as Azure Cosmos DB and Microsoft Power BI.

AT&T Asset Management -- Operations Center enables a single IoT application, which supports multiple devices, communication protocols, networks and cloud environments.  It comes with a built-in dashboard that lets customers tailor data visualisation or use APIs to integrate it into existing enterprise systems. The solution supports a plug and play environment for configuring devices, sensors on device, grouping of assets by location and type, rules for alerts and reporting.

AT&T will initially work with Microsoft to bring Operations Center to market. The solution is built on AT&T's Flow IoT Platform Services as well as the Azure cloud platform. It will initially be deployed using AT&T Global SIM on LTE and LTE-M networks and, in the future, will be available through AT&T multi-network connectivity using other network modes like satellite and WiFi.

AT&T Control Center will be used for SIM management, provisioning and activation. It is designed to accelerate customers' time to market, to run operations more efficiently and to manage connected IoT device initiatives.

AT&T Asset Management -- Operations Center is intended as the first in a series of multi-cloud solutions built on AT&T's Flow IoT Platform to accelerate IoT application deployment.

“AT&T and Microsoft have a long-standing relationship, and we're pleased to once again team with them through the new AT&T Asset Management---Operations Center to deliver a flexible solution to help address our customers' current and future IoT needs,” said Chris Penrose, President, IoT Solutions, AT&T.