AT&T is reportedly signed 136 Internet of Things contracts across a host of industries since January 2015, reports Environmental Leader. The contracts came from agriculture, automotive, aviation, energy, healthcare, transportation, security and supply chain segments.
According to the report, AT&T connected 945,000 new M2M devices to its network in the first quarter of 2015 – up 70% year-on-year, bringing the total number of IoT devices on its network to a whopping 22 million.
For the period, cars were the main driver for IoT on AT&T’s network, accounting for 684,000 (more than 2/3 of new connections).
Meanwhile, the report quoted AT&T in highlighting five key challenges to IoT adoption – customer experience, standards, security, battery life, and cost. In a nutshell, customers need a simple to use interface that is supported by industry standards across multiple device types, which are secure, has enough juice to support high bandwidth services, and doesn’t cost much to buy, implement, and use (as in bandwidth).