A New IoT Connectivity Platform Based on USSD
Michael Alba posted on August 29, 2017 | 1390 views
Thingstream was developed for IoT applications, including asset tracking, supply chain logistics, environmental monitoring and more.(Image courtesy of Thingstream.)
Thingstream was developed for IoT applications, including asset tracking, supply chain logistics, environmental monitoring and more.(Image courtesy of Thingstream.)

Internet of Things (IoT) developers know that when it comes to IoT platforms, there are a lot of options. Now, that list is even bigger, as the Myriad Group software company has launched Thingstream, a new IoT connectivity platform. The platform sets itself apart in that it uses Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) as a means of delivering machine-to-machine (M2M) communication.

“To date, a typical solution for asset tracking typically involves cellular data,” said Myriad’s Neil Hamilton. “This by default requires not just a suitable roaming carrier partner who can match the enterprise’s footprint, but also means a device needs to support TCP/IP in order to communicate.”

Using the USSD protocol instead of cellular data is how Thingstream avoids these requirements. USSD is a GSM protocol that allows short messages to be exchanged in a two-way, real-time connection while using less power than cellular roaming. Further, since GSM mobile services are readily available around the globe, USSD provides a wide area of coverage for connected IoT devices. Devices can access USSD through Thingstream’s global roaming M2M subscriber identity module (SIM).

“Our connectivity approach is to literally remove the ‘Internet’ aspect whilst still allowing small, secure payloads to be delivered to the cloud environment,” explained Hamilton. “The global ubiquity of USSD technology makes it the ideal small data transport for remote control IoT applications.”

According to Myriad Group, Thingstream’s USSD approach offers IoT developers ubiquitous and secure M2M connectivity. The platform’s technology is being used for IoT applications, including asset tracking, environmental monitoring, facilities management and more.

“We want to enable simple, secure connections for industrial IoT applications with Thingstream, addressing both technical and commercial challenges associated with connecting remote, moving and roaming devices to networks,” said Hamilton.

To learn more about Thingstream, visit thingstream.io. Or, to learn more about IoT platforms in general, read 10 Questions to Ask an IoT Platform Provider.


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