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Telus goes global with new IoT platform

September 9, 2015  

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In today’s hyper-connected world, businesses are increasingly facing the need to connect assets, vehicles and devices across multiple countries – and even continents. To that end, Telus said today it is making it easier for its customers to scale their Internet of Things (IoT) businesses globally with the introduction of the Telus Global IoT Connectivity Platform.

The company has joined forces with a network of 70+ carriers to offer a global SIM card that it said “delivers seamless connectivity and simplified billing” across more than 200 networks around the world.

“As Canadian businesses expand into new markets, they are faced with negotiating contracts in different languages, managing their connectivity on multiple platforms and paying bills in foreign currencies to keep their IoT devices connected,” said Shawn Sanderson, Telus vice president of the Internet of Things. “By working with an extensive ecosystem of carriers around the world, we’re making it simple for our customers and IoT partners to stay connected …”

Telus said its platform connects Internet-enabled devices around the world at simplified rates without roaming charges or currency risk. For example, a shipping company with a fleet tracking system can continue to monitor its vehicles when they travel to the U.S., Mexico and beyond without swapping out SIM cards, worrying about connectivity or encountering billing surprises, the firm added.

It also streamlines the management of connected devices by providing one contract and one bill for global access and provides an at-a-glance dashboard view of a company’s connected IoT devices. SIM cards can be activated or deactivated, monitored for usage and set to provide data alerts no matter where they are, Telus said.

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