Caterpillar and AT&T have signed an agreement that will provide the former’s heavy equipment with LTE connectivity.
Announced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Cat and AT&T have entered a multi-year deal that will allow Cat machines in 155 countries to network and pass along telematics data via AT&T’s 4G LTE network.
The deal represents an expansion of Cat’s network of connected machines. The company has been working for the last few years to bring connectivity to all of its machines as a way of allowing them to learn from one another and pass along information to Cat dealers and technicians that prevents downtime by diagnosing a problem before a breakdown occurs.
“We’re helping Caterpillar extend its connectivity coverage and improve its reach into some of the most challenging areas of the world,” Chris Penrose, president of Internet of Things Solutions at AT&T, said in a statement.