Almost Live from Mobile World Congress: IBM and AT&T Collaborate on Smart Cities

Kathryn Weldon
Kathryn Weldon

Summary Bullets:

  • Mobile World Congress is energized and energizing this year, with many announcements relating to enterprise mobility and M2M.
  • Among them was IBM and AT&T’s alliance to go to market together in specific verticals in M2M – initially, city governments and midsize utilities.

Municipalities and mid-size utilities are two vertical segments that are hard to “crack”. So-called “smart city” deployments include some really interesting use cases such as traffic management, public safety/surveillance, mass transit, utility and parking management, garbage collection, and venue/event management. In theory, cities could benefit greatly from technologies such as M2M that can bring about process improvement point solutions. They could also benefit from running analytics from collected and crowd-sourced data housed in a central database, for example to identify patterns that could improve city management, reduce costs and even generate revenues. While it sounds like there could be a solid ROI for these kinds of deployments, most municipalities in the U.S. and around the world are budget strapped. Many of the department heads that might benefit from this sort of knowledge are not tech savvy when it comes to deploying M2M and running meaningful analytics on collected data. Continue reading “Almost Live from Mobile World Congress: IBM and AT&T Collaborate on Smart Cities”