AT&T And IBM announced a new global alliance agreement, in oreder to develop new innovations for the Internet of Things. The two companies will combine their analytic platforms, cloud, and security technologies in order to gain more insights from machines in a variety of industries.
Thus, cities, utilities and other industries will benefit from interconnected and intelligent devices.
The alliance will focus on creating new solutions targeted for city governments and midsize utilities that intend to integrate and analyze vast quantities of data from assets such as mass transit vehicles, utility meters, and video cameras.
This way, cities will be able to evaluate patterns and trends to improve urban planning. Better allocation and distribution of resources will pe possible this way, based on information reported from incidents and service disruptions. Also, annalyzing of the movement of people will be possible, in order too improve traffice management, parking capacity,location and number of first unit responders. At the same time, city officials could become better prepared for reacting to potential bottlenecks and other issues in case of an emergency.
Another possibility will be the monitoring of social media updates from citizens reporting bad weather or major traffic so the city can take best course of action.
"The new collaboration with AT&T will offer insights from crowdsourcing, mobile applications, sensors and analytics on the cloud, enabling all organizations to better listen, respond and predict," said Rick Qualman, Vice President, Strategy & Business Development, Telecom Industry, IBM.