Thursday, July 22, 2010

AT&T Adds Nearly 900,000 Connected Devices in Q2

AT&T added about 900,000 connected devices to its network in Q2 2010, bring the total number of connected devices to nearly 6.7 million. This includes both emerging consumer devices and machine-to-machine devices.

AT&T has certified more than 850 specialty devices - such as eReaders, netbooks, digital photo frames, personal navigation devices, home security monitoring and smart grid devices - for use on its wireless network.

In addition, responding to the growing demand for emerging device solutions in the enterprise market, AT&T recently formed the Advanced Enterprise Mobility Solutions Group. Created in May 2010, this group delivers advanced mobile applications and solutions for both traditional and emerging devices to businesses, governments and organizations of all sizes.

In addition, AT&T has announced plans this year to support several new devices. Those new emerging device categories include:

Healthcare: AT&T will provide the nationwide network connection for Vitality GlowCaps, intelligent pill caps designed to help patients take medications regularly through a series of reminders, including light, sound, text message and phone call alerts if the cap is not opened as scheduled. The AT&T connected pill caps are expected in market in the coming months.

Tracking: AT&T is providing the wireless connection for a pallet tracking device managed by American Security Logistics. The connected responder is placed in a shipping pallet and can be tracked by GPS, which helps feed information to a service bureau across AT&T's nationwide network. The responder will eventually extend to other devices, including those used to track pets and Alzheimer's patients.

Tablets: OpenPeak, a leading provider of multimedia touch-screen devices and device management platforms, has selected AT&T as the wireless carrier for its upcoming OpenTablet multipurpose computing tablet. The tablet, expected in late 2010, will combine communications, entertainment and home management capabilities. The device will feature AT&T mobile broadband connectivity.