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A New IoT Connectivity Platform Based on USSD

IoT connectivity can be a difficult and expensive problem for engineers and developers and until now there has been no single connectivity solution that can offer low-power, low-cost, global connectivity. This is where Thingstream comes in, offering a connectivity platform that achieves this by leveraging the existing global GSM infrastructure without roaming data charges.

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).

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