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This is where AT&T comes in, as the wireless network that will allow connectivity so that workers can keep tabs on their machines. GE will embed AT&T's global SIM, or subscriber identity module, into the industrial products, enabling them to make use of AT&T's network and cloud access .
Andy Geisse, CEO of AT&T Business Solutions, said: "Imagine a world where an airline, for example, can remotely monitor, diagnose and resolve issues with its fleet engines virtually anywhere in the world."
Bill Ruh, vice president and corporate officer of GE Software, said that by connecting machines to the network and cloud, an important step is being taken "to enable workers around the world to track, monitor, and operate our machinery wirelessly and remotely through highly secure and machine-to-machine communications."
GE's Industrial Internet has been an ongoing effort, a critical and challenging build-out that calls for managing industrial data in a secure way. Companies already on board with the build-out have included Amazon Web Services, Accenture and Pivotal.
As for AT&T, the GE partnership marks a valuable step forward for the company.
"This is a significant win for the U.S. operator, which will enable it to add millions of M2M connections to its tally in the coming years, and a significant announcement for the M2M sector," said Morgan Mullooly, analyst at Analysys Mason, a consulting and research firm with a focus on telecoms, media and technology.
Posted: 2013-10-14 @ 6:14pm PT
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