IBM and AT&T partner up to tackle the Internet of Things

IBM and AT&T are teaming up in order to offer services to help large organisations – initially city governments and utility firms – to better crunch data and improve their systems as we move into the era of the Internet of Things.

As you’re probably aware, the Internet of Things simply refers to the proliferation of Internet connected devices – everything from home appliances such as fridges, through cars to industrial machinery.

As we discussed recently, the Internet of Things represents the bright future of the tech economy, and various research groups have estimated that there’ll be some 200 billion connected devices come 2020.

So it’s no surprise that the big players are all involved. In this latest move, IBM and AT&T are allying to help city councils implement systems that can collect and effectively analyse data from the sprawling web of connections that comprises the Internet of Things

There’s a huge amount of data to be crunched within cities, from public transit systems through gas and electricity meters, all of which can be used to improve vital areas such as urban planning, traffic management, and the cost-effective operation of utility services. Real-time monitoring would also be utilised – such as keeping an eye on social media updates indicating, for example, bad weather hitting the city, allowing for local authorities to take swifter appropriate action.

Rick Qualman, VP of Strategy & Business Development, Telecom Industry, at IBM commented: “Smarter cities, cars, homes, machines and consumer devices will drive the growth of the Internet of Things along with the infrastructure that goes with them, unleashing a wave of new possibilities for data gathering, predictive analytics, and automation.”

“The new collaboration with AT&T will offer insights from crowdsourcing, mobile applications, sensors and analytics on the cloud, enabling all organisations to better listen, respond and predict.”