Meet Telnyx Wireless: Global IoT Connectivity via a Single SIM
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Meet Telnyx Wireless: Global IoT Connectivity via a Single SIM

Build and scale IoT products globally with ease.
The Telnyx team is beyond excited about our latest product launch—Wireless, a cellular connectivity solution empowering developers to build the next generation of revolutionary IoT applications using a simple API and self-service platform.
Now, it’s never been easier to build and scale IoT products globally, all with a single SIM. Telnyx Wireless offers:
  • Out-of-the-box global connectivity.
  • The ability to provision, manage, and monitor usage in real-time via an easy-to-use self-service platform, or programmatically via API.
  • Unmatched network redundancy and control.
  • Affordable, easy to understand pricing.
Built on top of the Telnyx global IP network, Wireless can also provide enterprise-level network security via private LTE networks.
Telnyx Wireless gives developers everything they need to get their IoT products to market faster, with greater control over the network for best-in-class quality, and enterprise-grade security for mission-critical use cases.
We’ll delve into more detail on how Telnyx enabled these features in a moment, but first, let’s take a look at why Telnyx decided to enter the IoT market.

A snapshot of the IoT market

Early adopters of IoT have moved beyond pilots to scale solutions across an increasing number of mainstream business use cases. As a result, the IoT market is proliferating, and showing no signs of slowing down. IoT technologies and landmark applications continue to transform a diverse range of sectors, from industry 4.0 to smart homes and cities, and even e-health.
According to McKinsey, 25% of businesses use IoT technology today, and Gartner projects that the number of IoT devices will increase to a whopping 43 billion by 2023. As such, IoT spending will maintain a double-digit annual growth rate, surpassing the $1 trillion mark in 2022.
The demand for IoT products is on the rise. But, solutions offered by current connectivity providers are limited in a few crucial ways.

Network control:

Most providers offer coverage across hundreds of carriers, plus automatic carrier switching to remove the complexities of managing multiple carriers. For some use cases, this is a great feature. For others, this severely limits network control—providers are free to preference lower-cost networks, often doing so at the expense of quality.
Real network control means giving users the ability to configure SIMs to preference specific networks and perform OTA (over-the-air) updates as well as the ability to auto connect to the network with the best signal.

Security:

86% of enterprises using IoT report that their IoT deployments have been delayed or constrained by security concerns, and 50% cite security as their biggest challenge to successful IoT adoption. Security is a major concern, particularly for critical IoT applications. Private LTE networks can effectively address these security concerns, bypassing the risks of the public internet with secure, private connections.
The problem is that many providers—like Twilio and Hologram—simply can’t support premium-level security.

Pricing:

Obscure or inflexible pricing models can easily harm an organization’s ability to scale. For IoT use cases with lower data requirements, like home automation or geo-tracking; competitive monthly platform costs are critical, as is the ability to cost-effectively manage SIM lifecycles with reduced monthly fees for inactive SIMs.
For high-volume data use cases, like office connectivity or autonomous vehicles, competitive data costs are essential. The flexibility to programmatically pause your SIMs as needed can also make a big difference to your bottom line.

Secure IoT connectivity with more control than any alternative

We built Telnyx Wireless to address these problems—providing a more flexible, secure alternative to develop and scale your IoT applications with ease.
Some of its most powerful features are:
  • Global coverage: take your products global with a single hardware-agnostic SIM that connects to the best available network using 2G/3G/LTE/CatM1 on over 500 networks.
  • Ultimate network control: avoid the hassle of managing multiple carriers with automatic carrier switching. Or, for more granular control — configure your SIMs to preference specific networks.
  • Flexible pay-as-you-go pricing: only pay for the data you use. With Telnyx, you’re also free to pause devices anytime via our self-service portal or API.
  • Easy-to-use platform: get complete visibility of your device activity via our portal or API for granular-level insight into SIM usage and behavior.
  • Private LTE network: connect SIMs to your corporate network via our private IP network, bypassing the public internet for end-to-end private connectivity and enterprise-grade security.
  • LTE-M access: gain access to 25+ LTE-M networks globally to power your IoT products.
  • API control: experience full programmatic configurability via our RESTful API.
  • Bulk SIM management: group SIM cards as needed to monitor and manage them in bulk.

What can I build with Telnyx?

The Internet of Things has the power to transform businesses across every sector—optimizing operations, developing new revenue streams, and enhancing customer experiences. In fact, 90% of senior executives in technology, media, and telecommunications industries say IoT is critical to some or all lines of their business.
Let’s take a look at some of the industries leading the IoT revolution:

Healthcare

IDC predicts a 14.5% growth rate in healthcare IoT spending in 2020, one of the strongest across all industries. With an aging population and a social distancing mandate, IoT technology has the potential to reduce the strain on already-stretched healthcare systems. The use cases are diverse, ranging from sharing data between medical machines, real-time location tracking of equipment and medicine, and wearable devices for remote patient monitoring.
Five nines uptime for reliable connectivity and private LTE networks for premium security are both necessary for IoT adoption in mission-critical healthcare applications.

Industrial

The Industrial Internet of Things (iIoT) is also known as industry 4.0—the transformational automation of traditional manufacturing processes using M2M and IoT technologies. The iIoT is already revolutionizing manufacturing, enabling the acquisition and accessibility of data faster and more efficiently than ever before.
Use cases predicted to grow most quickly in the near-term are quality control, remote monitoring of equipment, and tracking of assets or equipment on production sites.
According to Bain, the main barrier to iIoT adoption is concern over integration issues, highlighting the need for vendors to provide simple integration processes, strong documentation, robust reporting, and technical support. iIoT still continues to grow rapidly and is expected to reach $200 billion by 2021.

Transportation and logistics

The transportation industry is also heavily investing in IoT, which is no surprise given its considerable advantages; including optimizing the use of resources, decreasing the significance of human error, and better transportation control.
Top applications of IoT in transportation and logistics include fleet tracking, inventory tracking, location management, and even drone-based delivery.

Energy and utilities

The International Energy Agency expects global energy demand to increase by 37% by 2040. This is likely to put a strain on energy providers, however, many are using IoT technologies to make energy consumption far more efficient.
How? Primarily using smart meters, which allow energy providers to more effectively manage the provision of energy, but also give users more insight into their own consumption of gas, electrics, and water.

Consumer electronics

IDC forecasts that consumer spending on IoT solutions will grow 13.9% year over year in 2020, smart home spending is leading the charge with an even faster growth rate of 14.4%.
Today, most smart home devices can be controlled remotely, via a smartphone app or voice commands. The future of home automation will take things one step further—devices will automatically take the required action in order to maintain maximum comfort levels and/or energy efficiency, responding in real-time to external stimulus and occupant behavior. Prime examples include smart lighting, thermostat, and alarm systems.
Connected vehicles is another high-growth use case, with manufacturers now leveraging IoT so that drivers can connect to the internet for better diagnostic capabilities, among other things.

Getting started with Telnyx Wireless

To get started, simply place an order for your Telnyx Wireless SIM Cards. Once you’ve received your SIMs, follow the six easy steps in this quickstart guide to start using your data.
You’ll find tutorials and product information in our Developer Center, plus complete API reference documentation.
If you have any questions along the way, get in touch with our technical experts via our dedicated developer slack channel.

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