SmartRent scales to 850K+ smart home devices with Twilio IoT

With half of US renters in 2019 under age 30, it’s no surprise the demand for smart technology is on the rise. Surveys show these renters are willing to pay more for smart apartments, electronic access, and other digital amenities. With SmartRent, property managers can easily deliver these enhanced tenant experiences, while also adding operational efficiency and cost savings.Smarter homes, happier residents Better resident experiences turn into faster rental close rates, longer lease terms, and higher retention residents. Delivering on all three is exactly where SmartRent comes in. Their cellular-connected smart home solution brings locks, lights, thermostats, sensors, and access control systems under a single enterprise application to help property managers more efficiently manage their assets and offer delightful experiences to their residents. Reliable connectivity hinders adoption The reality for property managers is that managing properties is a daily headache. Every resident or building issue adds to their expensive, manual operations. There is a constant churn of tenants with rising expectations of a smart home equipped with smart tech. But most apartment communities do not have reliable internet connections across the property to provide the network availability needed for smart tech solutions. Plus, property managers simply don’t have the time Read more about SmartRent scales to 850K+ smart home devices with Twilio IoT[…]

Lime blows past 100 million rides in two years with Twilio IoT

With scalable APIs and one global SIM, Lime relies on the Twilio IoT platform to maintain its momentum. Electric cars and hybrids have gained massive popularity for long commutes and crowded freeways. However, the evidence shows that most cars are actually used for very short distances—less than a few miles. Thankfully, a new ride is on the rise. Electric scooters and bikes, part of the rise of the micromobility movement, only emit 1-2% of what a car does. With an estimated market growth of $500 billion by 2030 according to McKinsey, micromobility is taking the market by storm.Lime’s massive market success First deployed at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in January 2017, you can now find Lime’s green-colored electric scooters in more than 120 cities spanning 30+ countries. As one of the micromobility market leaders, Lime has already surpassed 100 million rides. The need for multiple operators hinders growth Lime’s ambitious goal of becoming a global brand would have required contracts with numerous Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) for wireless connectivity—at least one in each of the 30 countries they wanted to expand into. That arrangement would have complicated operator management, with different monthly bills to pay and multiple Read more about Lime blows past 100 million rides in two years with Twilio IoT[…]

What is the Difference between eSIM and Embedded SIM in IoT?

There is a new kid on the SIM block: the eSIM. But don’t confuse this with embedded SIMs! Oh and there’s eUICC, and 1FF, 2FF, and 3FF, too. And what is an MFF2? This post will help. Let’s dive right in! What is a SIM? A SIM (Subscriber Identity Module), also called a Universal Integrated Circuit Card or UICC, stores information that uniquely identifies a cellular subscription. For about three decades now, the SIM has been what lets us connect (“attach” in tech speak) our devices to the cellular networks of the world. It holds the credentials and security keys necessary to identify a subscriber. That identity comes in the form of a so-called IMSI number, or International Mobile Subscriber Identity, which is unique for every user or device on or off the network. SIMs also run an application that passes that identity information to an onboard cellular modem. The modem in turn conducts the actual attachment operation to the network. The application that the SIM card runs, by the way, is also referred to as UICC; the acronym is often used synonymously with the card or chip itself. SIMs started as truly card-like hardware (the first-ever form factor, or “1FF”), but shrunk Read more about What is the Difference between eSIM and Embedded SIM in IoT?[…]

A Look at the Fragmented Landscape of IoT Connectivity

While use cases for IoT abound and deployments are growing rapidly, the technology landscape can still be overwhelming to newcomers. This article gives an overview of wireless connectivity protocols and their respective strengths, weaknesses, and recommended fields of application. The ever-expanding IoT Enterprises and government agencies are leveraging Internet of Things (IoT) technology to maximize efficiency and reduce operating expenses while improving service delivery to their constituents. By implementing connected solutions, IoT is driving advancements across a wide variety of vertical industries, including utilities, connected vehicles, agriculture, healthcare, transportation, and security for businesses and homes. IoT is also driving new opportunities for innovation – solving problems while delivering global economic and environmental change. The growth in IoT over the past few years and its future market potential are both impressive. The market intelligence firm International Data Corporation (IDC) estimates IoT spending was approximately $742 billion in 2020. Looking forward, IDC’s Internet of Things Spending Guide expects global IoT to achieve a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11.3% over the 2020-2024 forecast period. Wireless IoT connectivity options When it comes to connecting devices, the networking technology landscape remains complex and fragmented with no one-size-fits-all protocol capable of addressing all IoT use Read more about A Look at the Fragmented Landscape of IoT Connectivity[…]

Super SIM: The Future of Cellular IoT

Learn how Super SIM puts the control over your network quality in your hands, while avoiding carrier management.  Super SIM is a global cellular connectivity platform to connect your IoT devices around the world. With a Super SIM in your device you’ll be able to connect to the most comprehensive list of Tier 1 global networks via a single SIM. Powered by Twilio’s own cloud-scale mobile core, you have the freedom to choose your networks, so you can optimize for coverage, performance, and price. Use highly available APIs to program your connectivity operations, from changing SIM status and tracking data consumption, to sending machine-to-machine messages to devices.

Bar Analytics serves data on millions of drinks with Twilio IoT

Bar Analytics relies on Super SIM to turn beer pours into insights. Thousands of years since its inception, beer (that golden, malty flavored, alcoholic beverage) is the third most consumed beverage in the world today. Today, though, most breweries have little insight into customers, buying patterns, or quality of their beer flowing through taps. That’s all changing thanks to Bar Analytics. Now global beer brands have visibility into each and every pour—including temperature, volume, and quality, by detecting line cleaning—to help deliver an experience that lives up to their brand.Serving up data with IoT At the end of the day, better quality beer means increased sales for multi-national breweries. That’s where Bar Analytics comes in. Their cellular-connected flow sensors with power, antennae, and SIM card sit right inside beer taps and turn each of those pours into valuable business data. To win and retain the largest breweries in the world as customers, it is critical Bar Analytics establishes real-time, trustworthy data connectivity.Taps running dry on data Beer taps are often under counters and in cellars where coverage can be extremely poor, making cellular coverage a challenge for their connected beer taps. Downtime in sensors means lost data—and for Bar Analytics, Read more about Bar Analytics serves data on millions of drinks with Twilio IoT[…]

AirThinx turns every indoor area into a safer space with Twilio

With one Twilio SIM that works globally, AirThinx brings its connected air monitoring solution to more than 35 countries. Invisible dangers are still dangers. Viruses, dust, and many forms of bacteria, also known as particulate matter, contaminate the air we breathe. An estimated 8 million people die every year due to poor air quality, according to the European Society of Cardiology. The negative effects of air quality is a well-studied topic, yet what to do about it and how to measure it are still not well known. AirThinx is on a mission to change that.Filling the gap in the air quality monitoring and remediation market The solution to improving air quality starts with the ability to monitor it, but the market only offers professional-only equipment (at an enormous cost) or low-quality, inaccurate devices. This gap in the market leaves hospitals, office buildings, and homeowners unable to know whether or not there is an air quality problem in their buildings. Backed by its parent company, Netronix Group, AirThinx designed a solution bundled with cellular connectivity, allowing them to avoid any business-critical WiFi networks, and established an easy “plug and play” experience for facilities managers. AirThinx filled the gap in the market Read more about AirThinx turns every indoor area into a safer space with Twilio[…]