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.
In an SEC filing AT&T said it expects total AT&T Next adoption rates to be around 50 percent in the third quarter and to have more than 400,000 postpaid smartphone gross additions from customers who brought their own phones.
LAS VEGAS--The fastest growing segments of the Internet of Things market include home automation, the connected car market and mobile healthcare and health monitoring, according to a panel of leading IoT executives. However, a lack of standards--or rather, a proliferation of them--is holding back adoption and creating headaches for the industry.
LAS VEGAS-- AT&T Mobility is partnering with Telefónica for a limited trial of AT&T's Digital Life home security and automation service in Europe. The trial represents the first time AT&T has expanded Digital Life outside of the U.S., where it is currently available in more than 80 markets.
AT&T Mobility has started testing third-party products that integrate with its Digital Life home security and automation services, but the carrier said it is soon to say when the third-party integration will be commercialized.
BARCELONA, Spain--AT&T Mobility plans to expand its Digital Life home automation service into two new markets: business and healthcare. The action represents the carrier's efforts to expand the platform beyond its current market of individual home security and automation.