AT&T: BYOD to Hospitals, What’s Next?
It’s not far into 2014, but already, some companies are making it clear they will not relent when it comes to pushing the M2M space forward. From enhancing BYOD (bring-your-own-device) and hospital solutions, to supporting the IoT (Internet of Things) ecosystem in general, 2014 is clearly not a year to take lying down.
AT&T, www.att.com, for instance, made several announcements at the end of February that could make an impact in multiple vertical markets. It announced new features for its BYOD service, AT&T Toggle, and released the service to international customers. AT&T Toggle can help achieve the delicate balance between end-user privacy and organizational control of enterprise data and applications on employee-owned devices such as smartphones and tablets.
New features and enhancements include Toggle Voice, which gives employees access to a separate phone number to make and receive business calls and to check business voicemail; Toggle Data, which, in certain cases, allows businesses to give employees a fixed amount of data for use on their personal devices; and the ability to monitor estimated data usage within the Toggle workspace. The new Toggle features could enhance the BYOD experience for businesses and employees in a host of industries—from construction to healthcare.
AT&T has also partnered with InterMetro, www.metro.com, an Emerson company, to harness M2M technology for hospital workstations. The companies say the Metro AccessPoint Rx mobile medical workstations will help optimize run time, improve patient care, reduce costs for hospitals, and improve efficiency. The goal is to give caregivers access to relevant treatment information at the point of care—in this case, the patient’s hospital bedside. To learn more about the partnership to create “smart” mobile workstations, listen to the 2/25/14 edition of The Peggy Smedley Show.
In conjunction with IBM, www.ibm.com, AT&T also announced a “global alliance agreement” that aims to support and develop the IoT ecosystem, specifically within the connected-city and utility spaces. IBM and AT&T plan to combine their technologies—AT&T’s network, M2M devices, and Global SIM (subscriber identity module), etc., with IBM’s Intelligent Operations Center, Maximo Asset Management, and advanced analytics capabilities, among other technologies—to build solutions that will gain more insight into data for a range of industries.
Together, the companies say they hope to deliver a more connected planet. For AT&T, whether it’s advancing smart cities, smart hospitals, or smart devices in the hands of employees, each new or enhanced solution is one step closer to realizing this vision of a more data-rich, connected world.
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