AT&T announced at Cisco Live that they're launching an Internet of Things (IoT) Starter Kit for developers to provide 4G LTE connectivity for IoT applications.
"We are rolling out as of today the new AT&T Starter Kit, and what this has in it is everything you need to go from the edge to the cloud," Chris Penrose, AT&T senior vice president for IoT organization, said on Tuesday.
The kit is intended to serve as a plug-and-play model to provide all the components to build an IoT project from scratch without sourcing from multiple vendors.
The starter kit will be priced at $99 and includes:
- An AT&T Global SIM that works in 200+ countries and territories.
- An LTE modem that runs on the AT&T LTE network.
- Access to AT&T Control Center, an IoT connectivity management platform.
- An expandable development board that works with a wide range of plug-in sensors.
- An API to monitor the network connection and data transfer.
- REST APIs, including documentation and the ability to quickly test APIs without any coding.
- Cloud storage to host, manage, and share data across multiple groups.
- Access to AT&T Flow Designer to help developers launch IoT apps faster.
- Microcontroller carrier board with Arduino-compatible expansion slot
"The Internet of Things is not about things, it's about service," said Martyn Etherington, head of IoT cloud marketing at Cisco. "IoT developers play a critical role in the development of applications that deliver new, valuable services through connected devices. With this all-in-one Starter Kit, we're helping to accelerate IoT success for developers looking to build or enable connected service businesses."
AT&T worked with Cisco and Avnet to develop the IoT kit. By giving developers access to the AT&T Control Center, the intent is to accelerate entry into the IoT market and growth across many industry verticals. There will be variations available of the starter kit that developers can use with other third-party IoT solutions, including versions made for developers using IBM Watson IoT and the Microsoft Azure IoT Suite.
"The AT&T IoT Starter Kit builds on a world-class ecosystem of technology product and service providers to create a solution that tackles some of the biggest challenging facing IoT systems developers today, including cost, scalability and security," said Tim Barber, senior vice president, global design chain business development, Avnet Electronics Marketing.
The kit is available now for pre-order at starterkit.att.com and ships on August 15.
Three takeaways for TechRepublic readers:
- AT&T is launching a $99 IoT Starter Kit for developers.
- The IoT Starter Kit was developed with AT&T, Cisco and Avnet to accelerate entry into the IoT market.
- The kit is available for pre-order now at starterkit.att.com and ships on August 15.
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Teena Maddox is a Senior Writer at TechRepublic, covering hardware devices, IoT, smart cities and wearables. She ties together the style and substance of tech. Teena has spent 20-plus years writing business and features for publications including People, W and Women's Wear Daily.