u-blox MQTT Flex service
u-blox has introduced a service that provides Internet of Things (IoT) sensor network developers the flexibility to combine any cellular connectivity with all the benefits of MQTT communication. The MQTT Flex service lets any SIM-based connectivity leverage MQTT-SN communication at a predictable cost with on-demand scalability.
The service is built on the foundation of a scalable, high-performance MQTT broker and powerful Data Flow Manager, making it simple to communicate data between IoT devices and the enterprise. It is optimised for asset tracking, sensor networks and monitoring applications, especially those that need little bandwidth and must operate at low power.
u-blox already offers a global connectivity solution for any type of IoT device through its MQTT Anywhere service and IoT SIM card, enabling global roaming on 2G, 3G and LTE networks. MQTT Flex expands the addressable market by allowing users to bring their existing cellular connectivity together with u-blox’s IoT Communication-as-a-Service.
The service offers a ‘bring your own SIM’ strategy that enables users to take advantage of MQTT communication without changing their mobile network operator. It also allows compliance to IoT project requirements where local municipalities might mandate the use of a local network operator. In some geographies, including Australia, network operators do not allow permanent roaming, which precludes the use of the MQTT Anywhere global roaming IoT SIM; MQTT Flex overcomes this challenge by retaining home network connectivity.
The service also enables MQTT-SN communications over NB-IoT, specifically in regions where global roaming agreements for the low-power, low data-rate radio technology have yet to be agreed. The features of NB-IoT, including extended cellular coverage, may be useful for connecting to systems deep within buildings or below ground such as utility meters.
All u-blox services are delivered via the Thingstream IoT service delivery platform, whose intuitive interface provides a self-serve environment from which users have autonomy to manage IoT device fleets, manage billing, monitor events and have complete API control of functionality.
Phone: 02 8448 2016
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