With 2015 well underway, AT&T has continued to make significant efforts towards increasing its position within the M2M/IoT market. Most recently, AT&T has launched its M2X Data Service—a cloud-based fully managed time-series data storage service for IoT developers. Through M2X, AT&T’s primary objective is to allow customers to collect, store, share, analyze, and leverage data seamlessly from their connected devices.
In addition, AT&T unveiled a beta version of its AT&T Flow Designer, a cloud-based visual development tool that can greatly reduce the development time for new IoT applications. By providing the design tools developers need to innovate, AT&T is playing a pivotal role in facilitating the growth of the space.
AT&T has also announced commercial support for WebRTC (Web Real-Time Communications), a standard that permits voice and video calling between browsers without the need to install software or plugins. Using AT&T’s Enhanced WebRTC API (application program interface), which is now available as part of an open beta program, companies benefit from features such as the ability to enable caller ID for WebRTC communications. The enhanced interface also opens up new options for businesses and end users, such as the capacity to extend WebRTC to landlines and mobile numbers. It also allows users the ability to start a call on a computer or tablet and then move the call to a smartphone.
According to Ralph de la Vega, President and CEO of AT&T’s Mobile & Business Solutions, mobile connectivity is increasing at a rapid pace. The company’s AT&T NetBond ecosystem is also growing as new businesses such as Sungard Availability Services, and Blue Jeans Network have signed on to leverage AT&T’s Mobile Cloud. As more companies begin leveraging the cloud—communications partners will be focusing on growing these important capabilities.