AT&T and Cisco collaborate on IoT device management

  • October 28, 2020
  • Steve Rogerson

AT&T and Cisco have extended their collaboration to manage IoT devices for enterprises. AT&T Control Center powered by Cisco gives businesses near real-time visibility of all the devices on their network and enhances their ability to gather and use device data to drive business outcomes.

AT&T and Cisco manage millions of connected devices spanning manufacturing, utilities, transportation, public sector, retail and healthcare industries as well as public safety on FirstNet, built with AT&T.

“We look forward to continuing our collaboration with Cisco with a new multi-year agreement,” said Robert Boyanovksy, vice president at AT&T Business. “Together we can help businesses deploy IoT devices and applications faster and more securely and get more value out of devices they use.”

For more than a decade, the companies have worked together to manage services for US enterprises and support through the AT&T Global SIM for international roaming that provides IoT connectivity in more than 200 countries and territories. 

Many organisations require highly remote secure access, automation and connected experiences. For example, connected car manufacturers must manage the connectivity and data consumption of millions of new cars as they travel from a factory floor on one continent to a consumer’s driveway on another. Manufacturers require camera-powered quality assurance on the assembly line that uses industrial switching and private networks. Utility companies ensure water supply safety and delivery using millions of connected smart meters and sensors.

Across this wide variety of use cases and business needs, the AT&T Control Center powered by Cisco helps companies manage connectivity demands.

AT&T and Cisco are working together to bring more services in low-power wide area networking (LPWAN) and 5G that address the growing needs of users. This includes making it easier for users to manage IoT connectivity through control centre features that help mitigate security risks, identify anomalies in data usage and optimise traffic classification reporting to enhance billing clarity.

“Through our work with AT&T, we are helping enterprise customers accelerate their digitisation initiatives and drive business outcomes with simplicity, scale and faster time to market,” said Dave Wilson, managing director for global IoT sales at Cisco.