AT&T has spent the past few years capitalizing on innovations that focus on the IoT or the Internet of Things. Now that it has succeeded, it prides itself of about 23 million various devices that are now connected to its network -- from toothbrush to wheelchairs and automobiles. Famous research firm Gartner believes that the number will blow up to 25 billion in year 2020.
On Wednesday, Sept. 9, AT&T and Permobil informed the public of a wirelessly connected wheelchair as another proof of the success. Thanks to the AT&T Foundry innovation centre as well as its designers and engineers. The wheelchair’s wireless location technology can monitor the location of the wheelchair. Its accelerometer can detect the position of the wheelchair, or when it has been turned on the side, according to AT&T executives.
Since January last year, AT&T has entered IoT agreements with over 136 corporations from various industries, including those in the aviation, healthcare, automotive, security, transportation, energy and supply chain logistics fields.
With evidences of the practical use of the IoT, both consumers and companies have started to embrace the 'interconnected world'. They are eager to find solutions that can help improve their lives as well as to aid their cities -- particularly working on its growth and development.
More so, connected cars and smartwatches are among the few products of IoT that have proven to be practical and reliable to people. Among the tools that are believed to have helped the cities in many ways are the streetlights, energy grids and irrigation pipes. Businesses from different industries are becoming more interested in industrial IoT technology. This advancement can help them cut costs, increase sales, save time, reduce the use of energy and increase visibility.
Connected living is now a reality due to AT&T’s research and innovation. Things that most people across the globe use everyday are now made smarter with the embedded wireless technology.