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AT&T is making everything LTE-enabled with new smart modules

New ‘smart modules’ will control Internet of Things.

 

AJ Dellinger

Tech

Last year was supposed to be when the Internet of Things took the world by storm. Even though it didn’t happen, it’s not stopping AT&T from trying its hand at IoT in 2016 with a new line of smart modules.

The LTE-enabled sensors, which the company showed off at CES 2016, will connect to AT&T’s 4G LTE network to allow for the speedy transfer of data between devices. The modules are made to equip Internet of Things devices with cost-effective methods of connectivity.

AT&T announced a family of sensors, created in partnership with Wistron NeWeb Corporation, that range from the simple LTE-only option—which provides extended battery life via low current energy—to modules equipped for GPS location, voice, and data. 

The reason for AT&T’s branching out into modules with the Internet of Things in mind is obvious: According to a new report by the company, it said it expected to 50 billion devices to be online within in the next four years.

AT&T will show off the modules at the AT&T Developer Summit in Las Vegas on Tuesday. They will be commercially available in the second quarter of 2016, with prices starting at $14.99 each.

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