AT&T has collaborated with Blues Wireless to develop and bring to market the company’s Notecard product, which is designed to accelerate and optimize Internet of Things device and application deployment through secure cloud connectivity for global enterprise and government clients.
"Businesses increasingly recognize the potential for IoT technology to materially improve their operations, create entirely new revenue streams, reduce their environmental footprint and realize the efficiencies of scale,” said William Stovall, vice president of mobility, IoT and 5G for AT&T.
Notecard is a System-on-Module that enables developers to embed secure global connectivity in a broad range of commercial and industrial products designed for IoT use through AT&T’s LTE-M and NB-IoT low-power wide-area (LPWA) networks, AT&T said Wednesday.
Stovall continued, asserting that Notecard will serve as an “all-in-one solution” to help customers adopt IoT technologies and programs in the modernization and advancement of their businesses.
Global market intelligence firm, IDC, predicts that the total number of connected Internet of Things devices will reach nearly 40 billion worldwide by 2025, but enterprise-scale IoT development and adoption has been delayed largely by WiFi connectivity hurdles.
Blues Wireless’ Notecard product eliminates the operational constraints posed by WiFi-related challenges by instead utilizing cellular connectivity to manage devices, connectivity and data remotely, providing critical data insights for manufacturers to better understand how their devices perform and operate in the field.
Notecard is expected to improve battery life and coverage as well as lower costs in a range of IoT-enabled wearables, home appliances, commercial appliances and construction equipment across automotive, healthcare, industrial, supply chain and manufacturing industries.
Sandra Wendelken, senior research analyst of mobile services and software for IDC said, “Notecard, with embedded AT&T cellular connectivity, can help companies manage expenses by including data costs in up-front device pricing and simplifying the connection process."