December 16, 2015
More Than 300 IoT Deals Signed in 2015; 25 Million Connected Devices as of 3Q
2015 was not only the year the Internet of Things (IoT) made it into the dictionary, but it was also the year IoT began to truly transform the way we work and live every day.
AT&T signed more than 300 deals this year, across the U.S. and abroad, to connect devices across the automotive, shipping, industrial, health care, home security and smart cities sectors.
About 25 million connected devices are now on the AT&T network, a year-over-year increase of more than 25 percent when compared to 3Q 2014. In the 3rd quarter alone, we added a record of more than 1.6 million connected devices. Of that number, 1 million were connected cars.
“This year was pivotal for IoT. We saw, and are continuing to see, tremendous global interest and adoption from virtually every industry,” said Ralph de la Vega, CEO, AT&T Mobile and Business Solutions. “Our IoT solutions help you monitor cargo, homes, vehicles and containers around the globe. You can connect light posts and water systems, wheelchairs, trash cans and soil. Connectivity is changing how companies operate and how people interact. Just wait until next year. We think 2016 will be the year when IoT becomes an indispensable part of our daily lives as consumers, governments and businesses fully embrace all it has to offer.”
Glenn Lurie, president and CEO, AT&T Mobility added, “We continue to set ourselves apart from other carriers in the IoT space. We invested early and continue to invest in IoT platforms - pushing innovation through industry collaborations and development of new uses cases for IoT that solve real problems.”
Lurie discusses his thoughts on the biggest achievements this year.
Drivers value services that improve their driving experience, and wireless connectivity is key. A July 2015 global study by Ericsson and AT&T Drive Studio found that nearly 80% of car buyers globally would put off a new car purchase by a year to get connected features from their preferred brand.
In addition, we’re leading the industry, working with 9 top automakers. We have 5.8 million connected cars on the AT&T network as of the 3rd quarter, and expect to connect more than 50% of all new connected U.S. passenger vehicles by year-end.
Here’s a snapshot of our major connected car news and initiatives from 2015:
Connecting Business to Improve Processes
Businesses are also realizing the benefits of IoT. They can connect factory equipment, global shipping containers, farm gear, industrial ovens, fleets or remote workers. IoT helps reduce operational costs, automates processes and saves time.
Examples of significant business activity this year:
Helping Cities Tap Into the Power of IoT
With more than a century of working with local cities, we’re helping communities across the country realize the benefits of IoT:
We’re building alliances with key organizations leading the charge including:
Connected Devices Lead to Health Improvements
From the hospital to your wrist, we’re helping healthcare pros stay in touch with their patients. IoT also empowers people to take control of their health.
Tools to Help Make IoT Implementation Easier
With IoT pervasive across of all of these industries, connecting things from cars to pacemakers, it’s essential to keep security top of mind. AT&T is using its expertise and leadership in IoT to continually advise manufacturers, partners, and vendors to architect and connect devices in a highly secure manner. We are also committed to continuing the education of business leaders on keeping the IoT highly secure, and providing solutions that help them to do so.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
 Consists primarily of machine-to-machine devices as well as prepaid tablets.