Fireside Chat at LG’s Developer Event Helps Connects the IoT Dots
Guest post by Anthony Fabbricino, Senior Product Marketing Manager, AT&T API Platform
The evening prior to Google I/O, LG’s Developer Program held their 3rd Annual Developer Night. Attendees at the sold-out “Ahead of the Curve” event learned about the improved UI features and latest SDKs for the new LG G4 and G Flex 2 smartphones, as well as the latest Watch Urbane. These devices are available through AT&T.
LG offers a wide range of consumer products from phones and watches to TVs and home appliances. Eugene Yoo, General Manager of LG’s Smart Home Platform, explained how LG will make these devices IoT capable. By using open connectivity protocols such as AllJoyn and OneM2M, LG is also ensuring interoperability with numerous other third-party devices.
AT&T Digital Life is also a member of the AllSeen Alliance. By participating in this ecosystem, Digital Life is able to quickly introduce new capabilities by integrating devices and services from industry leaders such as LG. AT&T also provides a one-stop shop for Digital Life customers with professional security monitoring, billing, and customer support.
What’s exciting about the IoT market is the extent of innovation that is occurring. Beyond new software apps, there are startups working on all kinds of new sensors and embedded hardware. Other startups are working on back-end services such as advanced analytics and notifications.
Even mobile networks are being built out to support this growth in connected devices. In the first financial quarter for 2015, AT&T added 945,000 new connected devices. There are nearly 22 million connected devices utilizing AT&T’s network.
AT&T has recently released a cloud-based storage platform for IoT. The M2X platform provides developers with a scalable platform for storage, analytics, and notifications. The M2X platform also includes a service configuration tool that is currently in beta called Flow Designer. AT&T’s Developer Program is offering an IoT starter kit free, for a limited time, so that developers can easily make progress on their solutions.
Along with the growth in connected devices, there is an even larger growth with data being generated by and sent to these connected devices. Helping developers optimize battery life, data usage, and responsiveness is where AT&T offers a number of best practices and diagnostic tools. AT&T ARO can help developers improve how they transport files and data, as well as manage TCP and LTE connections interface with peripherals such as GPS and avoid latency factors caused by HTML coding.
In addition to best practices and tools such as ARO and Flow Designer, AT&T has a very active evangelism effort. There are over 20 hackathons a year, including the BIG one at AT&T’s annual Developer Summit. These events are designed to foster creative solutions and innovations for the mobile industry and include a number of technology providers that join AT&T such as LG, Intel, and Thalmic Labs. Recent hackathons have invited developers to create solutions for IoT, Connected Home, and various embedded solutions.
AT&T APIs can further help developers to differentiate and improve the experience of their apps. AT&T offers APIs such In-App Messaging and Enhanced-WebRTC (beta), which can immerse communications capability within the app so that the user can continue to fully experience the app. Other APIs such as the Mobile Identity Toolkit and Verify Connect are helpful in building secure enterprise apps.
Other ways that AT&T works with developers is to supplement app discoverability through AT&T recommendations in app stores such as Google Play and Microsoft Marketplace. AT&T’s new IoT Business Unit will consider new solutions and partner engagements. In Silicon Valley, AT&T has one of its four Foundry’s. These innovation centers have a very active outreach effort, meeting with several hundred startups a year.
Reach out to us at AT&T Developer Programs to help with your IoT efforts.