AT&T has decided to use IBM’s Bluemix and Watson platforms to release what’s been described by TechWeekEurope.co.uk as a “budget IoT kit for businesses”.
Bluemix is IBM’s suite of cloud resources which developers can use to build applications. It has resources ranging from natural language processing systems to data and analytics tools.
AT&T says its new $99 IoT Starter Kit is an “all-in-one” solution to help developers jump-start their projects. It includes such things as:
- an AT&T Global SIM that works in 200 countries and territories;
- an LTE modem;
- access to the AT&T Control Center;
- an expandable development board that works with a wide range of plug-in sensors;
- an API to monitor the network and data transfer;
- cloud storage, management and management across multiple groups; and
- a microcontroller carrier board with Arduino compatible expansion slot.
“Developers are the ones driving innovation in the IoT industry,” said Chris Penrose, senior vice president, AT&T IoT solutions. “Our new IoT Starter Kit creates a faster and easier way for them to create IoT solutions. We’re now offering a one-stop shop to help transform their ideas into impactful IoT services.”
As well as IBM, AT&T is working closely with Avnet and Cisco to produce the IoT Starter Kit. Developers will have access to AT&T Control Center, the IoT service platform from Cisco, to manage their connected devices.
AT&T says that by offering Control Center to all developers, the IoT Starter Kit helps accelerate entry and growth in the fast-growing IoT market across industries.