AT&T and IBM unveiled a new way for companies to unlock more value from their data in a simpler way, using AT&T’s IoT solutions and IBM Cloud. The new AT&T IoT analytics capability, a pilot collaboration between the two companies, aims to help AT&T’s enterprise customers transform their industrial IoT data into analytic insights so they can take immediate action to improve business operations.
The demand for near real-time operations data is fueling the IoT explosion among business customers. The key for business customers, however, is not just collecting the data from their connected assets, but extracting meaningful insights from it and then making near real-time decisions.
With this new service, AT&T and IBM plan to offer AT&T’s enterprise customers valuable insights from their industrial IoT data by tapping into:
- AT&T M2X, Flow Designer, Control Center and other IoT solutions that allow AT&T’s enterprise customers to effectively manage and monitor devices, as well as collect, manage and store data.
- IBM Watson IoT portfolio for connecting, building, launching and managing IoT apps and devices, including analytics capabilities such as predictive maintenance that provides insights to improve asset performance.
- IBM Watson Data Platform— the industry’s fastest data ingestion engine with cognitive powered decision making. The IBM Watson Data Platform uncovers critical business insights by providing a collaborative environment where valuable data from machines and devices can be combined with multiple sources of data, including a customer’s own sales and inventory data and publicly available information, such as weather and road conditions.
- IBM Machine Learning Service, as part of Watson Data Platform on IBM Cloud, enabling AT&T’s enterprise customers to employ machine learning from IBM Watson.
With this new service, companies can utilize their own generated IoT data to better predict maintenance and optimization for their machines. For example, an oil and gas company wants to detect anomalous events within its wells. By using AT&T’s IoT network and the IBM Watson Data Platform, AT&T’s IoT analytics solutions will ingest data from hundreds of wells, creating the models necessary with appropriate machine learning libraries and open-source technology to help predict potential failures or machine malfunctions. The company will be able to detect anomalies in less time and with more accuracy.
Today’s news continues to build on the strong collaboration between AT&T and IBM to deliver new IoT innovations to the market. The companies’ strategic alliance brings together leading wireless connectivity, advanced analytics and cognitive capabilities for AT&T’s enterprise customers to help improve their business processes.