AT&T Mobility's Drive Studio in Atlanta is a showcase for connected car technologies. The Drive Studio features a working garage where the carrier and car manufacturers can try out new technologies and stay ahead of the curve.
ATLANTA--AT&T Mobility has bet big on moving into new areas like connected cars, smart homes and the Internet of Things, banking on them to drive revenue growth for years to come. However, the company is still working on how best to market this connected lifestyle to consumers.
Verizon Communications has hired Ohad Zeira, formerly the head of Belkin's WeMo home-automation product line, to oversee the company's smartphone and home-automation efforts, according to NextMarket Insights. Zeira will relocate from California to Verizon's headquarters in Basking Ridge, N.J.
BARCELONA, Spain--AT&T Mobility will conduct more trials of its Digital Life home automation and security platform with operators in Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia, according to a senior AT&T executive. AT&T has been conducting a limited trial of the service with Telefónica, which is has been licensing the technology in the UK for the past several months.
BARCELONA, Spain--When it comes to the connected home, the wireless industry is getting mired in discussions about standards and infrastructure instead of spending time making the concept easy for consumers to deploy and understand. That was the key message from panelists at the FierceWireless executive luncheon on the " Connected Home: A proving ground for the Internet of Things," held here at Mobile World Congress.
The IoT promise won't roll out uniformly across every country and every market segment. For example, the healthcare market remains hampered by strict privacy and medical regulations. Similarly, the industry and manufacturing segments--another key target among IoT companies--may not be able to quickly embrace Internet of Things services due to established, legacy systems with lifecycles that are measured in decades rather than years. So what area should curious executives focus on to learn about the latest advancements in the IoT space? My bet is the connected home.
At the recent Consumer Electronics Show, AT&T announced that it would open up its Digital Life home automation and security platform to third-party products. The company also launched its M2X Data Service platform for the Internet of Things as a commercial product, and the carrier unveiled a rollover data plan. At CES, FierceWireless Editor Phil Goldstein caught up with AT&T Mobility CMO David Christopher to talk about rising competition in the wireless market, opportunities in the connected car and home markets, and more. Here is an edited version of that conversation.
LAS VEGAS--AT&T Mobility is opening up its Digital Life home security and automation services to third-party products and its partnering with industry heavyweights, including Samsung Electronics and Qualcomm Life.
U.S. Cellular thinks its new OnLook home automation and security platform can effectively compete with AT&T Mobility's similar and more established Digital Life unit, according to a U.S. Cellular executive. However, the companies appear to have different ambitions in the market, with U.S. Cellular more focused on delivering a simple experience to its customers and getting a new revenue stream than on creating a platform for other carriers to use.
U.S. Cellular is jumping into the digital home automation and security market, presenting a challenge to AT&T Mobility, which has largely had the market to itself among wireless carriers via its Digital Life unit.