Verizon Business aims to leverage its ThingSpace IoT platform to support global internet of things (IoT) connectivity.
The company will work with Bell Canada and Telenor on the offering, to be known as Verizon Global IoT Orchestration, a platform that enables cross-border management of IoT devices.
The offering will use native eSIM and roaming capabilities of the Verizon network and its partners to enable cross-border operation of IoT devices over mobile networks. The goal is to enable partners to manage IoT devices worldwide as if they are within that service provider’s footprint. Global IoT Orchestration is centrally managed on a single “pane of glass” using an application program interface (API).
The capability will first be available in the US, Canada, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region through Bell Canada and Telenor. More MNO partners – and thus broader availability – will be announced later this year.
Verizon Business says that this capability is vital for multinational customers and that it will make managing IoT assets across the globe as simple as it is now to operate across state lines.
“The move toward global IoT reflects the reality of doing business in the massive IoT era. The number of IoT devices is expanding rapidly and fleets are fanning outward, so our customers need flexible, reliable connectivity that moves across borders,” Verizon Business Chief Product Officer Debika Bhattacharya said in a press release.
“With our partners Bell Canada, Telenor, and more to come, Verizon Global IoT Orchestration will be able to provide that — a globe-spanning footprint with seamless eSIM IoT connectivity.”
The ThingSpace IoT marketplace launched in August, 2020. The goal is to help businesses of all sizes to harness IoT’s potential by enabling quick purchase, activation and management of IoT devices. The marketplace offers help in selecting devices and connectivity options.
Verizon is not the only carrier to take on the complex issue of multinational IoT management. In February, 2022, T-Mobile and Deutsche Telekom partnered on T-IoT, an initiative that they said at the time would be available to 188 locations on 383 networks.