Twilio offers IoT developers programmable cellular connectivity

Twilio offers IoT developers programmable cellular connectivity

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Cloud communications company Twilio (San Francisco, CA) has announced the general availability of a cellular communications platform that uses simple APIs to power a wide range of internet-connected solutions.
By Rich Pell

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Twilio Programmable Wireless takes the company’s developer-first approach and applies it to the Internet of Things (IoT). By making cellular connectivity programmable, says the company, it hopes to empower developers to focus their time and energy on building innovative connected solutions while Twilio handles the complexity of dealing with carrier business models.

“Despite the hype surrounding the internet of things (IoT) over the last several years, IoT has been largely out of reach to developers because there has not been a developer-friendly connectivity provider,” says Chetan Chaudhary, general manager of IoT at Twilio. “Twilio Programmable Wireless makes connectivity accessible to millions of developers via Twilio’s platform, empowering them to begin experimenting with IoT. We can’t wait to see what they build.”

Prior to this solution, says the company, businesses and developers building internet-connected devices have been challenged to find a connectivity provider that meets their needs. While existing connectivity providers often require developers to wait weeks to get started, Twilio Programmable Wireless offers developers a platform that is self-service, pay-as-you-go, has extensive documentation, and enables them to begin building IoT solutions immediately.

Connecting a device to the internet requires a subscriber identification module (SIM) that is standard in every mobile phone today. With Twilio Programmable Wireless, Twilio provides developers SIM cards that give them access to global connectivity in more than 120 countries and a developer-friendly, API-first platform.

In private beta, Twilio customers have already used the platform to build services in healthcare, transportation, and hospitality. Examples include a “life-tracker” watch by iBeat and a bike-sharing fleet by LimeBike among others.

Interested developers can order a SIM and begin working on a connected device project immediately with connectivity powered by Twilio. After purchasing the SIM for a one-time fee, customers pay a monthly recurring SIM fee in addition to usage-based data charges. Customers have the option of a lower data rate after committing to a minimum data spend per month.

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