Does your M2M solution work? The AT&T Foundry can help find out

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More and more enterprises are considering deploying machine-to-machine (M2M) devices and applications to improve productivity and reduce costs.

One concern of IT managers, however, is whether a generic M2M solution will work in a corporate environment.

To address IT concerns about adopting technology, AT&T set up its AT&T Foundry with $100 million in funding from a range of sponsors including Ericsson, Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Amdocs, Intel and Microsoft.

"We work in small cross-functional teams, which include developers, designers, and marketing. This way, everyone has to be a project leader at different points in the process. We also collaborate on projects with developers, startups and other companies," the Foundry explains on its website.

In total, the Foundry has five prototyping centers that are working on more than 200 projects and has deployed dozens of new apps and services for customers. There are two centers in Plano, Texas, and one each in Atlanta, Ga., Palo Alto, Calif., and Ra'anana, Israel.

"The concept came out of our corporation's desire to be able to do things faster and accelerate the idea of ideation and getting things to market," Craig Lee, director of the AT&T M2M Foundry in Plano, tells GreenBiz.com.

At the M2M Foundry, there are six specialized M2M engineers skilled in radio frequency technologies, circuit board design, firmware development, chassis and housing design and app development.

Recently, a document shredding company asked the Foundry to develop an M2M prototype, and it had the prototype up and running in less than an hour. "Instead of spinning up a pilot, we can quickly determine whether an idea is workable and provide early feedback," Lee tells GreenBiz.com.

M2M, and the broader Internet of Things concept, promises to change the way companies do business. AT&T Foundry is helping those companies achieve that transformation faster and cheaper.

For more:
- check out the AT&T Foundry website
- read the GreenBiz.com article

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