While there are certainly plenty of great things that machine to machine (M2M) can do for most businesses, keeping both sides of that particular equation managed can be a bit of a tall order. But thanks to a development from AT&T and Axeda (News - Alert), those separate machines and getting the most out of M2M just got easier and more visible.
A combination of AT&T's (News - Alert) M2M Application platform and Axeda's technology, the resulting innovation is a new kind of central reporting wireless console that's already being put to use in companies like SAIC (News - Alert).
Since SAIC ranks on the Fortune 500 list in scientific, engineering and technology applications, it's worth paying attention to what it's using to help keep better track of its M2M operations. It's already getting quite a bit of use out of the AT&T / Axeda system, using it to manage its device SIMs – both activating and deactivating as the needs arise – as well as allowing for the use of alarm systems on remotely-located assets, and application extension systems.
The new wireless console can be found on Axeda 6.5, along with the Axeda Machine Cloud system for those interested, and this new development serves to help secure AT&T's overall position as a major force in M2M.
Recent reports from Analysys (News - Alert) Mason indicate that AT&T is considered an "industry icon," currently holding the top score – it did tie with a second company, however – in three different subsectors of the M2M market: M2M R&D, M2M partnerships and M2M organizational structure.
The Analysys Mason report went on to describe AT&T's R&D focus as "superlative," citing excellence in "partnership strategy and internal organization."
There are more than enough accolades out there for AT&T's performance in terms of the M2M market.
Adding in Axeda's capabilities to an already lauded package is a recipe for further success – proof that AT&T doesn't just want to be an industry icon now; it wants to be an industry icon as long as it possibly can. That's going to require continuing refinement and development, and from the look of things, AT&T has the right idea.
Meanwhile, for those businesses interested in getting more into the M2M concept and taking advantage of all it has to offer – improvements in efficiency just the start of the list – going with AT&T for at least part of the needed slate of solutions looks like an idea well worth considering.
AT&T and Axeda's new wireless console may not be able to solve every problem a business might encounter, but it will certainly go a long way in providing desirable benefit.
Edited by Braden Becker