AT&T's M2M efforts are set to take off now that more airlines are onboard with the telecommunications giant's supply chain tracking service.
AT&T Cargo View with FlightSafe, a turnkey app intended to help businesses manage worldwide shipments in near-real time, has been given the green light by more airlines for monitoring M2M-enabled assets in real-time while in flight.
Major airlines now permitting FlightSafe include Delta and Southwest. Shipping giant UPS is also supporting the service.
Sensor-based tracking devices produce data about designated packages, which can then be recorded and sent back to AT&T's cloud-based monitoring and tracking dashboard.
Cargo View already conducts global data collection in 200 countries, providing up-to-date information on vitals such as location, temperature, pressure, light, vibration, and motion.
For example, FlightSafe can monitor items more susceptible to pressure changes at different altitudes, such as medical supplies and thin glass.
Supply chain manufacturers can also track the location of cargo as the aircraft lands to better manage delivery and logistics scheduling.
AT&T also promises the platform ensures a device can automatically transition to airplane mode, ensuring it is FAA compliant during air travel.
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