AT&T has become one of the first Cisco service providers to use the vendor's new Control Center 7.0, an internet of things (IoT) connectivity platform. The company is integrating these capabilities into a new system called AT&T Control Center Advanced, and it will be paired with AT&T Premium Services.
“We work with companies of every size and across every industry. No two companies are in the same stage when it comes to their IoT initiatives,” said Chris Penrose, president of IoT solutions at AT&T. “Control Center Advanced will enable us to meet our customers’ needs no matter where they are in their IoT implementation – from initial deployment to scaling to millions of devices. Our collaboration with Cisco Jasper helps us put our customers in charge of their IoT solutions worldwide with additional security features, analytics and automation rules to increase their ROI.”
The release of this new expanded model comes in response to recent research that shows that 60% of IoT initiatives fail at the proof-of-concept stage, highlighting the need for more flexibility, greater security, and the ability to address new use cases.
It is a single, integrated solution to address the needs of both IT and operational technology professionals.And with a base of roughly 11,000 enterprises growing at a rate of roughly 500 new customers a month Control Center 7.0 gives companies flexibility and various options to meet their specific needs, regardless of which stage of IoT implementation they are at. Also, with the addition of a new set of premium services they have addressed needs related to IoT monetization and security. They offer customers and service provider partners the flexibility to select and customize the capabilities and services that are right for their deployment, while also providing an easy path for growth as their IoT businesses scale.
“What we’ve learned from enabling IoT success for our 11K customers is that companies have different needs at different stages of their IoT journey. So today we’re introducing the biggest evolution of our Control Center IoT platform ever, providing a flexible model and new premium services that help meet the needs of customers at any phase,” said Jahangir Mohammed, general manager of IoT at Cisco.
Its many features include: a new tier of the platform called Control Center Advanced aimed at customers with the need for more sophisticated deployment needs. There is also the introduction of Premium Services: that enable customers to solve previously unmet IoT business needs. Also the Threat Protection & Smart Security service provides an IoT-specific solution to protect against malware and phishing attacks and lastly LPWAN Support has been greatly extended including the platform’s global reach and scale via support for cellular networks.
“When we acquired Jasper, we made a promise to the industry that Cisco and Jasper would be more than the sum of our separate parts – that we would create something better together. This is the realization of that promise. And what we’ve built in the past year has surpassed even our lofty expectations.” said Rowan Trollope, senior vice president and general manager of IoT and applications at Cisco.