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Myriad releases Thingstream M2M connectivity service

Steve Rogerson
September 12, 2017
Swiss software company Myriad Group has announced the commercial availability of Thingstream, a global M2M connectivity service that is said to deliver ubiquity, security and better connectivity for IoT applications.
The platform provides a broad range of IoT applications and suits devices that are in motion, in remote locations or need to be secure before connected to the cloud. It leverages unstructured supplementary service data (USSD) via Thingstream’s global roaming M2M SIM.
Thingstream’s technology is being applied to multiple vertical sectors including asset tracking, logistics and supply chain, facilities management, energy, and environmental monitoring.
“Today IoT options for industrial applications are too complex, expensive and fail to offer the required level of secure connectivity,” said Neil Hamilton, VP of business development at Myriad. “To date, a typical solution for asset tracking typically involves cellular data, 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. Our connectivity approach is to remove the internet aspect whilst still allowing small, secure payloads to be delivered to the cloud environment.”
Thingstream leverages USSD messaging, which not only removes complexities around carrier roaming but also reduces the processing and power consumption required by the transmitting device itself.
“The use and global availability of USSD technology makes it the ideal small data transport for remote control IoT applications,” said Hamilton. “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.”
The company also announced that its Connect Hub platform-as-a-service proposition is ready for pilot services. Active technical trials with mobile network operators have begun in Kenya and Namibia, with South Africa to follow shortly.
It has completed integration with a mobile payment application for out-of-band authentication, which is expected to launch its service by the end of 2017. In parallel, it continues to supplement its go-to-market strategy by signing agreements with five partners during the first half of 2017. Once it moves beyond pilot stage with initial customers, this network will continue to grow and will enable enterprise services to scale more quickly.