Well, in an interesting development, AT&T and Vodafone Business have come together and announced that they will work together in collaboration to develop Internet of Things (IoT) applications in various industry verticals like automotive space which includes safety, security, and entertainment. The news was made public by both the companies at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona on Monday.
As per a report by ZDNet, the two companies said that they will work towards developing connected car solutions using (IoT) for customers in North America, Europe, and Africa.
Speaking about the collaboration, Vodafone Business IoT director Stefano Gastaut said that its work with AT&T will assist car manufacturers by simplifying the process and providing “a consistent experience to accelerate IoT adoption” in the space.
The companies will focus on IoT and their work will basically revolve around 5G and autonomous technology solutions, the vehicle to everything capabilities, and the intersection of connected cars and smart cities.
It is also worthwhile to note here that both the companies together have nearly 50 automated brands across the globe and nearly 43 million cars and trucks are already connected by them.
The report also mentions that AT&T has been working on the American Center of Mobility near Detroit.
“We’ve built out what we call the American Center for Mobility, which is up in Ypsilanti in Michigan, it’s meant to be one of the top autonomous proofing grounds in the United States, and we are the exclusive network provider for all networks there, up to and including 5G,” IoT head at AT&T, Chris Penrose told ZDNet.
AT&T is also working on a module called the System-on-Module (SoM) called the Notecard which would embed communications for IoT devices using cellular connectivity instead of WiFi. The company is also working on a 5G innovation project along with Samsung, Cisco, Ericsson, Nokia, Microsoft, Warner Media, and Infosys among others.