Tuesday, January 5, 2016

AT&T Makes a Push for Open Software, Big Data, Connected Health

AT&T aims to have 50% of the software running its systems based on open source code - up from 5% today, said John Donovan, Senior Executive Vice President—AT&T Technology and Operations, speaking at the annual AT&T Developer Summit ahead of CES in Las Vegas. AT&T is working with OpenDaylight, OPNFV, ON.Lab, the Linux Foundation, OpenStack and other industry groups to
further these ambitions.

Donovan said the AT&T Integrated Cloud (AIC) project, which is based on OpenStack, is ahead of schedule. The plan was to deploy 69 AIC nodes in 2015 for running virtual network functions. In fact, the company deployed 74 AIC nodes in 2015.

Some other projects that AT&T is working on:

Nanocubes: a Big Data visualization tool develop by the AT&T Labs team. A Nanocube provides a real-time map of millions or even billions of data points from across the network.

M2X Data Service: a cloud-based data storage service for enterprise IoT developers that was launched last year. This year, AT&T is launching Flow Designer, a cloud-based tool developed at the AT&T Foundry that lets IoT developers quickly build new applications.

OpenDaylight's Internet of Things Data Management project: addressing interoperability across devices and networks.

AT&T Foundry for Connected Health: a new facility located at the Texas Medical Center Innovation Institute in Houston, Texas. The new AT&T Foundry will focus on digital health innovations that benefit those in and out of the clinical care environment.

SmartCities Framework: AT&T has formed alliances with Cisco, Deloitte, Ericsson, GE, IBM, Intel, and Qualcomm Technologies to create impactful solutions for cities. Areas of focus include Infrastructure monitoring (the conditions of roads, bridges, buildings, parks and other venues); Citizen Engagement; Digital Signage for smarter public transportation; and Public Safety (including gun fire detection technology). AT&T is also developing a new digital dashboard that gives cities a high-level look at their communities’ conditions.

A list of the Top 20 Innovative apps presented at the 2016 AT&T Developer Summit Hackathon is here: