AT&T and IBM collaborate to provide developers with IoT tools on IBM Cloud

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The VisionMobile 2016 Internet of Things Megatrends report reveals that the number of active developers in the IoT will double from an estimated 5 million at present to close to 10 million by 2020. As businesses work towards the efficient development of IoT solutions, they must maintain competitiveness by investing in developers. Against this backdrop, AT&T and IBM are combining their abilities in cognitive computing and global connectivity to formulate open standards-based tools on the IBM Cloud to allow developers to rapidly build and deploy a wide range of IoT solutions.

Developers are able to enhance their skills using open standards-based tools and avoid the difficultly of learning new tools, which in turn secures the investments made by businesses in IoT solution development. The demand for skilled IoT developers is set to rise as demand for IoT solutions grows. IBM and AT&T are going all out in support of open-source based tools, such as Node-Red, and open standards like MQTT. Additionally, developers can rely on IBM's Watson cognitive computing and AT&T's IoT Platforms like Flow Designer and M2X along with access to a global network.

Both companies are also developing a new starter kit to make it convenient for developers to get started. On completion, customers will be able to buy the integrated AT&T and IBM technologies in one toolkit in order to initiate their IoT projects immediately.

Developers can now use IBM's open and secure Watson Internet of Things (IoT) Platform and Bluemix services together with AT&T IoT Platforms to benefit from in-depth insights from data collected from connected devices. Multiple Watson APIs and other IBM services, including visual recognition, personality insights, tradeoff analytics and speech/translation, are available.

Chris Penrose, senior vice president, AT&T IoT Solutions, said, “From farming to fleets, there are many companies that would benefit from real, actionable IoT data. Combining technologies with IBM can advance the developer experience –so they can build comprehensive IoT solutions for businesses. Developers can quickly turn their innovative ideas into cutting-edge solutions.”

AT&T has been particularly busy in the IoT space of late; earlier this month the telco announced a deal with Squadle, a company which provides wireless technology for the restaurant industry, to simplify restaurant management using Internet of Things capabilities. in hearing industry leaders discuss subjects like this and sharing their IoT use-cases? Attend the IoT Tech Expo World Series events with upcoming shows in Silicon Valley, London and Amsterdam to learn more.

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