AT&T Guardian Device with Azure Sphere Debuts
September 24, 2020
AT&T and Microsoft are teaming up to enable enterprises to
seamlessly connect machines and equipment to the cloud with highly
secure network connectivity across the globe. As part of the effort,
AT&T is working with Microsoft to deliver an integrated IoT solution
with Azure Sphere. This AT&T powered guardian device with Azure
Sphere will help businesses transform their operations quickly
through massive IoT deployments at scale.
The AT&T powered guardian device is the latest example of how the
two companies are working together through a strategic alliance to
improve how people live and work today and in the future.
The new solution combines the secured architecture of Azure Sphere,
a comprehensive IoT security solution including hardware, OS and
cloud services with Azure IoT services and the global and
multi-layered security of AT&T’s core network.
The AT&T global SIM enables connectivity in more than 200 countries
across 500 carriers. AT&T offers managed services to support
The guardian device is easy to install and provides an end-to-end
solution for connecting machines and equipment to the cloud,
bypassing the need for public Internet.
The solution provides fast and highly secure activation right out of
the box. It enables enterprises to easily connect existing equipment
to the cloud and to Azure IoT Central. With this, a wide variety of
industries can rapidly deploy IoT applications relying on the
combined security benefits of the AT&T cellular network with Azure
Sphere device security.
of fast food restaurants, coffee shops, elevators, hospitals,
manufacturing plants and the ability to retrofit existing equipment
into “smart” devices that are digitally enabled through highly
secure cellular connections. Customers can connect their devices and
machines to their own cloud environment without the need to connect
to a Wi-Fi through a third-party network connection that may not
meet their high security standards.
“Our work with AT&T is a prime example of how the convergence of
secure cloud computing and network technology helps businesses
unlock new customer value and continuously simplify every aspect of
our personal and professional lives,” said Corey Sanders, corporate
vice president, Microsoft Solutions.
“AT&T and Microsoft share the belief that technology should serve
people,” added Mo Katibeh, executive vice president and chief
product and platform officer, AT&T Business. “Working with Microsoft
we can offer a truly global solution with strong security and data
insights that can help a broad array of industries simplify
operations, manage costs, and become more agile in any market.”
AT&T and Microsoft launched their extensive multi-year alliance last
One area of focus is aimed at enabling new 5G, cloud and edge
computing solutions to drive enterprise capabilities for companies
around the world.
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