AT&T and GE have signed a global alliance agreement to allow GE machines to connect to the AT&T network and cloud, creating what the two companies described as the first highly-secure wireless communications system for GE’s “Industrial Internet.”
Morgan Mullooly, an analyst at Analysys Mason, called the announcement a hugely significant win for AT&T and added the research firm expects “tremendous number of M2M connections to be activated in the next two to three years as millions of industrial components roll off GE production lines fitted with embedded M2M modules and will be dispersed around the globe.”
The companies say they expect their machine-to-machine (M2M) communications system will allow customers to benefit from increased productivity. Workers using the system will be able to remotely track, monitor, record and operate GE machinery, anywhere in the world, they added in a release.
AT&T and GE plan to develop offerings that they say will “meld AT&T network technologies, single Global SIM (subscriber identity module), device expertise, security, and cloud access for industrial products like electric vehicle chargers, lighting and engines.”