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.

Thingstream differentiation

  • Leverages low power messaging capability built into existing GSM networks via USSD.
  • Thingstream will operate in areas that do not have 2G/3G/4G data connectivity.
  • Whilst the LPWAN operators fight for coverage and territory, and the cellular providers roll out strategies such as NB-IoT, Thingstream is a proven reliable means of communicating from a wide range of gateways and devices.
  • Providing low power attraction of LPWAN but with a global footprint of GSM. USSD communications use less power than data-driven 3G/4G solutions.
  • Available on 600+ carriers across 190 countries. For the same cost, it is possible to connect across various network operators agnostically
  • Awarded the 2017 IoT Evolution Product of the Year Award for its unique global M2M connectivity platform.
  • MQTT-SN over USSD does not need cellular data or IP. With no IP address between device and platform, cyber attack vectors are irrelevant, hence ideal for industrial IoT applications where security is paramount