Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Verizon toolkit eases IoT development

Steve Rogerson
December 6, 2018



Verizon has announced an IoT development toolkit using its ThingSpace platform and powered by Amazon Free RTOS. This should make it easier for developers, OEM manufacturers and system integrators to develop IoT products that can leverage Amazon Web Services (AWS) and connect to the AWS IoT Core.
 
The kit provides an integrated ordering and activation experience on the Verizon network, and simplified access to AWS Cloud and IoT services. Enterprises can collect, manage and analyse data from IoT devices through the ThingSpace platform, which also makes it easier for users to subscribe and manage their IoT devices, and perform lifecycle functions such as location, diagnostics and software management services.
 
AWS and Verizon have entered in a strategic relationship in the IoT space with the aim of reducing complexity in bringing new IoT services to market with the ThingSpace platform and AWS IoT services. This kit is the first in a planned series as part of the ThingSpace cloud connectors programme, which aims to simplify integration with IoT developers' existing cloud service providers.
 
“Instead of spending a lot of time struggling to manage IoT connections and network options, this devkit allows customers to focus on IoT development for improved intelligence and business performance, knowing that the underlying connectivity is sorted,” said Shawn Hakl, senior vice president at Verizon. “Verizon’s secure cloud interconnect allows companies to connect securely and reliably to AWS, so they can quickly get their IoT up and running. It’s about opening up the potential of IoT to everyone.”
 
Plaban Patra, IoT evangelist at Tech Mahindra, an early user of the kit, added: “This devkit is an ideal way for developers to start their first IoT project. The quick-start guide helps users configure the kit and start running on AWS with little programming knowledge."
 
Verizon’s IoT strategy centres on leveraging the company’s IoT network services to deliver cost-effective, secure, end-to-end connectivity from IoT devices to enterprise databases. Additionally, Verizon simplifies the customer experience with ThingSpace, a management platform for endpoint devices and IoT applications providing a single view of the entire IoT ecosystem.
 
Verizon Communications’ headquarters (pictured) are in New York and the company generated $126bn in 2017 revenues.