AT&T and GE enter into global alliance agreement for M2M solutions
Oct 10, 2013 (M2 EQUITYBITES via COMTEX) --
US communications holding company AT&T (NYSE:T) and GE (NYSE:GE) announced on Wednesday the signing of a global alliance agreement to allow GE machines to connect to the AT&T network and cloud, creating the first highly-secure wireless communications system for GE's 'Industrial Internet'.
Under this alliance, financial details of which were not available, GE will use AT&T's global network, mobility assets and M2M expertise to allow wireless connectivity for its 'Industrial Internet' solutions
It is expected by the companies that their machine-to-machine (M2M) communications system will allow customers to benefit from increased productivity. Workers using the system will be able to remotely track, monitor, record and operate GE machinery, virtually anywhere in the world.
Reportedly, the companies plan to develop offerings that meld AT&T network technologies, single Global SIM (subscriber identity module), device expertise, security and cloud access for industrial products like electric vehicle chargers, lighting and engines. The companies also plan to collaborate in the AT&T Foundry innovation centre to build M2M solutions for GE's software platform Predix that can proactively maintain and remotely control industrial machines.
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