IBM has teamed up with AT&T to combine analytic and security technologies for the Internet of Things (IoT) market.
The alliance will target city governments and midsize utilities as they integrate and analyse data using mass transit vehicles, utility meters, and video cameras.
AT&T's VP for Advanced Solutions, Chris Hill, said the collaboration will help deliver a more connected planet.
"We share a vision that the 'Internet of Things' will help companies in a variety of industries rely on their remote assets and connected devices to take their business to the next level," he said.
With the development of connected cities, the city planners will be able to better allocate and distribute resources, analyse the movement of people, identify inefficient traffic patterns and monitor social media updates from citizens.
IBM Telecom Industry strategy & business development VP Rick Qualman said smarter cities, cars, homes, machines and consumer devices will drive the growth of IoT along with the infrastructure that goes with them.
"The new collaboration with AT&T will offer insights from crowdsourcing, mobile applications, sensors and analytics on the cloud, enabling all organisations to better listen, respond and predict," Qualman added.