Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Telus shop allows self-service IoT connectivity

Steve Rogerson
September 25, 2019



The Telus IoT Shop is a self-serve online portal that lets businesses purchase and manage prepaid IoT connectivity on the Canadian wireless network.
 
Suitable for businesses such as IoT start-ups and developer labs, the IoT Shop is said to make it quick and easy for them to connect their IoT devices to Telus’ 4G LTE and LTE-M networks, helping streamline product development and accelerate smaller projects.
 
Previously, purchasing IoT connectivity meant committing to volume requirements, credit checks and other processes that made it difficult for smaller companies and organisations to test and deploy relatively smaller quantities of IoT devices. The IoT Shop removes these hurdles and gives users the ability to pay with a credit card, monitor data usage online, quickly change rate plans and manage SIM statuses. These controls and more are all available within IoT Console, a one-stop account management dashboard.
 
“For Canadian businesses innovating in the IoT space, direct access to reliable cellular connectivity is crucial,” said Michael Cihra, vice president at Telus. “Telus is excited to launch the IoT Shop, which removes barriers to entry and increases accessibility to the Telus IoT network. The IoT Shop was built based on customer feedback to ensure that the user experience, management tools and services meet the demands of the innovators that are shaping Canada’s growing IoT ecosystem.”
 
Providing network access for one to 100 SIM cards on an account, the shop provides flexible IoT connectivity with as little as 100Mbyte or as much as 40Gbyte of shareable data. To ensure devices stay connected, data plans auto renew on a 30-day cycle, or as soon as the data pool is exhausted.
 
“The Telus IoT Shop has made ordering and managing IoT SIMs an easy, painless experience,” said Casey Matson-Dekay, CTO at Loop Insights. “The self-serve portal allowed me to order the SIMs I needed only a few days before they needed to be deployed. Once our devices were live, I immediately had full visibility into their usage and status, which helps Loop Insights remain agile and informed while we evolve our products."