AT&T and IBM Team to Help Developers Build to the Internet of Things

AT&T and IBM are teaming up to combine their strengths in cognitive computing and global connectivity to create open standards-based tools on the IBM Cloud to enable developers to more quickly build and implement Internet of Things-based solutions.

The companies said they are employing open-source based tools, such as Node-Red, and open standards such as MQTT, all essential for creating IoT solutions. In addition, developers can now add IBM's Watson cognitive computing and AT&T's IoT Platforms such as Flow Designer and M2X, and access to its global network.

“This collaboration enables individual developers to tap the power of cognitive computing and combine it with massive amounts of data streaming from billions of connected devices, sensors and systems to create solutions that can help transform businesses and society alike,” said Harriet Green, general manager for IBM Watson IoT.

AT&T is also working with IBM on a starter kit to make it easier for developers to get going with IoT. Once completed, customers will be able to purchase the combined AT&T and IBM technologies in one toolkit for a complete set of IoT tools to start their IoT projects.

Developers can now use IBM's Watson IoT Platform and Bluemix services together with AT&T IoT Platforms to gain deeper 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.

Developers can tap into enhanced capabilities and create innovative IoT apps, such as an asset tracker app that could show the location of an asset. When coupled with weather data from The Weather Company, businesses could predict delays in the supply chain or reroute deliveries due to bad weather.

Developers now have the ability to deploy apps on the IBM Cloud, providing more visibility and understanding into the Internet “things” they connect. The new integration allows AT&T M2X, AT&T Flow Designer and AT&T Control Center to be used with the IBM Watson IoT Platform and Bluemix services available on IBM Cloud. In addition, developers will also have access to IBM Watson cognitive APIs, OpenWhisk “serverless” computing APIs, and other IBM Bluemix services.

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