Since 2015 Pylot has worked with various low power wide area network (LPWAN) providers. Although these networks have proved reliable they do not often offer coverage in the more rural areas, and in more remote areas of national roads. This requires the installation of Pilot's own high sites which, although successful in previous projects, adds complexity and time to any solution.
For this reason, Pylot looked into alternate methods to use existing cellular networks and engaged with Thingstream, a UK based company part of The Myriad Group.
Launched in June 2017, Thingstream uses GSM connectivity but doesn’t require data, offering a ubiquitous solution for a broad range of IoT applications; ideally suited to devices which move, are in remote locations or need to be super secure before connecting to the cloud.
Designed to provide a simple solution to IoT connectivity challenges, Thingstream’s solution weaves MQTT support into Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD), universally available via the platform’s global roaming SIM, creating a unique IoT proposition.