The Basics

The Basics

The term "Internet of Things" (IoT) came about as a means of distinguishing device-to-device and device-to-human communication from human-to-human interaction. At its basic level, an IoT network involves sensing equipment used for monitoring conditions at a remote location. These range from municipalities that have replaced hardwired traffic signal controls with cloud-based IoT networks to a consumer using a connected smartwatch to a business operator monitoring a warehouse location’s thermostat from a remote location.


Devices Defined

AT&T has worked with and evaluated thousands of devices, modules and chipsets, so chances are our team can recommend an existing device that will meet your requirements. If you are considering a custom-built device as a means of addressing cost or capability requirements, we can provide recommendations and guidance to industry resources that will assist you with concept, module selection and chipset selection.

  • Devices

    In the world of IoT, the term "device" specifically refers to the equipment that provides monitoring or control capability.

  • Modules

    Wireless communication between devices and the cloud, or dedicated network, is handled by a radio frequency (RF) module that is typically included on commercially available devices.

  • Chipsets

    Much like a module, wireless communication between devices and the cloud, or dedicated network, is handled also by a radio frequency (RF) chipset that is typically included on commercially available devices.

Devices Defined