AT&T has enabled LTE-M technology on its first site in the San Francisco market to support the pilot of AT&T’s LTE-M Low-Power Wide-Area network at the AT&T Labs in San Ramon, the company said.

LTE-M will connect a wide variety of IoT solutions challenged by existing network technology. These include smart utility meters, asset monitoring, vending machines, alarm systems, fleet, heavy equipment, mHealth and wearables.

The technology will also offer a unique combination of enhanced coverage and longer battery life with carrier-grade security for a new generation of industries and applications, said AT&T.

“Innovations like LTE-M will bring IoT to more end points than ever before. It’s part of our strategy to offer the widest range of IoT network options to our customers,” said Chris Penrose, president, Internet of Things Solutions, AT&T.

The pilot will also include solutions from a contingent of technology providers:  Altair, Ericsson, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., Sierra Wireless, Telit, u-blox, Wistron NeWeb Corp. (WNC), and Xirgo Technologies.  The technology is expected to be available to customers outside of the pilot starting in 2017, the company said.