Twilio Wants to Open Door to IoT

IoT.png Adding Value to a Utility Plugging Into the Power of APIs Gary Audin June 07, 2019 Evangelist Roy Kurver shares on the importance of APIs for communications today. Twilio’s value prop is based on transforming what are essentially basic utility voice/video/mobile text services into value-adding capabilities that enable a wide variety of new services. The utility services continue to be low-margin, price-sensitive headaches that people simply expect to work all the time. The value comes from the ability to outsource the vast majority of the headaches that come with providing such a utility — headaches with which our readers are all too familiar. IoT Isn’t Easy Twilio’s biggest advantage could be its positioning with the developer community. Most of its initial IoT users are existing customers. The market for non-smartphone IoT is in an early stage of development and its ultimate prospects are still speculative. However, Twilio has put a stake in the ground with a promise to take on one gnarly part of the problem. Log in or register to post comments Twilio is looking toward more far-reaching IoT applications like smart cities (e.g., smart traffic control, smart parking, and crowd/traffic monitoring), environmental monitoring, and tracking items that lack a reliable power source (e.g., trash bins and scooter rentals). Each of these applications will require unique hardware that exhibits low-cost, low-power draw, and with differing transmission requirements that call for connectivity via a variety of network services. Don’t We Need 5G for IoT? As Andrew Jordan, Twilio senior product manager for IoT, noted in his Signal presentation on the developer program, “IoT is hard.” The majority of consumer-focused IoT applications we’ve seen to date rely either on smartphones or special modules installed in cars. Probably the most successful version of the former is Waze and of the latter GM’s OnStar. Twilio aims to broaden its focus with support for IoT applications. Bolstering that initiative, Twilio made two significant announcements at its Signal conference this past October. The first was development of a new SIM card capability called Super SIM, and the second, a developer program for IoT applications in partnership with T-Mobile, allowing use of the carrier’s new Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) network service. Get more insight from Michael Finneran at Enterprise Connect 2019, taking place March 18 to 21 in Orlando, Fla. Michael will lead sessions on 5G (everything you wish you knew), mobile messaging integration, and mobile strategies for eliminating the desk phone. As a No Jitter reader, you can save $200 off your registration fee by entering the code NJPOST when you check out. Register now! Our Advance Rate closes this Friday, Jan. 11.Tags:News & ViewsTwilioSuper SIMNB-IoTAPIs & Embedded CommunicationsAnalyst InsightBCStrategiesDigital TransformationInternet of ThingsMobilityVendor Strategy Articles You Might Like What Role Will Integrations, APIs Play in the Evolution of UCC? Todd Carothers June 27, 2019 RESTful APIs are bringing a wave of change to the communications industry. BCStrategies is an industry resource for enterprises, vendors, system integrators, and anyone interested in the growing business communications arena. A supplier of objective information on business communications, BCStrategies is supported by an alliance of leading communication industry advisors, analysts, and consultants who have worked in the various segments of the dynamic business communications market. As regular readers will know, Twilio essentially invented the communications platform as a service (CPaaS) industry and pioneered a new category of communications service provider, one that enables developers to create an amazing array of services that depend on network services. The company’s initial success was powered by a couple of core capabilities, masked phone numbers and SMS integration, capitalized on by companies like Uber, Lyft, Airbnb, TaskRabbit, Handy, DoorDash, Lululemon… and the list goes on. In a recent conversation, Evan Cummack, head of Twilio’s IoT Business Unit, identified other challenges developers will face in making this vision of IoT a reality. We all know that data networks are inherently problematic, and radios only make that more so. Beyond that, the range of IoT network services will continue to grow, and as this is a worldwide market, businesses will need a network solution that reaches beyond the coverage footprint of the four major U.S. carriers. That’s where the Super SIM comes in. While network services continue to evolve, the one common element they’ll employ is a SIM card to identify and authenticate the user or device. Starting this spring, Twilio will offer a Super SIM card that will allow IoT devices to direct traffic over multiple carrier networks (i.e., Multi-IMSI capability), along with the ability for over the air (OTA) reconfiguration. That latter capability is very important for IoT devices that might be located in hard-to-reach places and are essentially untouched for years at a time. As with the current T-Mobile relationship in the U.S., Twilio is looking to partner with mobile operators worldwide and has thus far recruited Telefonica (Europe, Latin, and South America), Three Group (Europe, Asia-Pac), and Singtel (Singapore, Asia-Pac). The vision is that developers could deploy IoT devices with Super SIMs around the world and each would automatically jump onto a network from a carrier partner wherever its installation. As Twilio adds new carrier partners, it uses the OTA capability for Super SIMs updates. In recognition of that, mobile carriers have introduced any number of 3GPP-defined and third-party network technologies specifically designed for IoT (see related post, “IoT Starts with ‘Network’”). Most IoT applications today work over LTE’s basic LTE-Cat 0 data service, essentially the same network service your smartphone uses. Virtually all carriers are deploying, or at least planning, a lower-bandwidth (~200 Kbps) IoT service called LTE Cat M1. The popularity of Cat M1 is driven primarily by the fact that it’s relatively cheap and efficient to deploy. In the meantime, one drawback of NB-IoT is that it isn’t truly mobile in that it can’t yet hand off active connections. When a device that’s been moved around is reactivated, it will find the network and reauthenticate. NB-IoT is the other leading contender in the battle for IoT-specific network services. NB-IoT offers similar data rates to Cat M1 but with the promise of lower cost and far greater power efficiency. As luck would have it, those benefits come at the cost of greater technology disruption in the carrier’s network. What API platform provider Twilio has done to reinvent communications it now intends to do for the Internet of Things (IoT). BCSLogo.png Twilio’s plan is to become the one-stop shop for global wireless IoT connectivity, Cummack told me. As with its current offerings, Twilio is looking to shield the developers from the technical, operational, billing, and carrier negotiations involved in deploying a global IoT application. All the developer should have to worry about is using the API to connect to Twilio, and the connectivity “happens” regardless of where the device is in the world or how it’s connected. See All in APIs & Embedded Communications » Twilio Says, ‘Let’s Keep the Conversation Flowing’ Beth Schultz August 08, 2019 The cloud communications platform company showcases two new APIs aimed at improving conversational engagement for messaging and phone calls. The real revolution Twilio brought about was the idea of a communications service provider that doesn’t deliver SIP trunks or MPLS but rather APIs that link applications to a flexible set of communication resources. In line with BCStrategies’ consistent theme of “communications integrated to optimize business processes,” Twilio makes communications another service an application can call up via an API. My associate and fellow No Jitter blogger Marty Parker has gone to great lengths to show how basic communications services are being integrated into a wide variety of business applications. The promised arrival of 5G has confused the discussion of IoT network services. For IoT, 5G promises very-low-latency services (e.g., one millisecond), greater device densities (e.g., one million devices per square kilometer), along with massive available bandwidth (e.g., 100 M downstream x 10 Mbps upstream). However, 5G NR (New Radio) services don’t exist anywhere in the world today, and those service attributes will only be important to certain classes of IoT applications. Thousands of other IoT applications call for capacities measured in hundreds of bits per second and where latencies of several seconds can be more than adequate — as long as the thing’s battery can last for 10 years. Leading the Way to a Developer-Focused Future Beth Schultz April 29, 2019 Creating a developer mindset isn’t easy, but it’s an imperative as communications and collaboration technologies become increasingly software-centric. One-Stop Shop for Mobile Connectivity Thus far, only T-Mobile has launched nationwide NB-IoT, though the others are considering it. As NB-IoT channels require only 200 KHz of radio bandwidth, T-Mobile is deploying it in guard bands, which are slots of frequency at the boundaries of larger channels normally left vacant to limit interference. The package Twilio is offering in conjunction with T-Mobile could deliver NB-IoT connectivity for as little as $4 per device per year. Untangling Services, Microservices, Functions Tom Nolle June 27, 2019 Understanding applications in the cloud era takes deciphering the terms of modern software architecture. read more

New Nordberg NP13 impact crusher offers increased efficiency

first_imgMetso is introducing the new Nordberg® NP13 impact crusher to the market, the newest addition to a field-proven range of NP Series impact crushers. “Designed for increased safety and performance, NP13 is the perfect choice for secondary and tertiary applications.” The new Nordberg NP13 uses the same design as the NP15 but for smaller capacity requirements.“Performance, profitability and maintenance of the crushing plants are at the heart of this new crusher,” says Vincent Schmitt, Metso’s Product Manager for NP Series impact crushers. To improve crushing efficiency and produce more end products with less recirculation load, the NP13 features a steeper feed angle. This increases material penetration into the rotor and makes the discharge curve less sensitive to blow bar wear, enabling more consistent end products over time without having to change blow bars.The NP13 accepts feed material up to 350 mm and can be equipped with a 315 kW motor on a single drive. Its maximum throughput capacity is up to +20% more than that of the existing NP1213, and it can be installed on a lighter steel structure. The number of different side liners has been cut by nearly half compared with the NP1213.  The NP13 only requires seven different liners. “This clever wear part arrangement means more flexibility in the use of the side liners and less need for parts in stock.”Thanks to Metso IC crusher automation, product quality is both predictable and consistent. The Metso IC crusher automation system is available for the NP13 as well as for all of Metso’s crushers to give accurate control of the crusher parameters for a high-quality product and improved plant profitability. The wide selection of blow bars “ensures that customers always have the right tool, regardless of the abrasiveness of the crushed material. Metso’s triple-wedge blow bar attachment system is the easiest on the market and provides a very rigid assembly that allows the use of blow bars with ceramic inserts, even with coarse feed material.”To make maintenance safer and easier, NP13 has a new two-part rear frame that combines safety with easy, wide access. The operator can choose which way to open the frame, depending on where access is required. The removable breaker plate cassette on NP13 ensures the safe replacement of breaker plate liners. This patented innovation consists of a removable assembly so that the breaker plate liners can be changed in a safe place outside the crusher. An additional spare cassette can be prepared in advance to further ease and speed up liner changes.The NP13 maintenance bridge is an innovative and professional solution that provides safe and easy access to both the highest side liners and the rotor. This means that the operator performing the maintenance is always working under safe conditions. The patented Self-Rotation Rotor (SRR) system is the centralised point for the setting adjustment and blow bar change, and further increases safety during maintenance operations. Thanks to its automated turning, the rotor provides a safe environment for changing the blow bars without any risk of injury for the operator.In addition to these benefits, NP13 offers numerous customization options to help customers fit the crusher to their specific technical and business needs. These include a fully hydraulic setting adjustment, third breaker plate, drive equipment, sensors and automatic greasing, among others.last_img read more

RK Vardar suspension for Manaskov and Stoilov

RK Vardar Skopje suspended two players after incident during the “night life” in Skopje last Tuesday. Dejan Manaskov and Stojanče Stoilov has been a part of the fight in which Stoilov suffered light injuries. Everything happened at 4.15 in the morning. Players came into the verbal conflict with uknown group of guys, which was only a “warm-up” for something even worse.Dejan Manaskov suffered damage on his car.RK Vardar decided to suspend both players on two weeks according the club’s discipline rules.Both players have been important part of Macedonian squad at EHF EURO 2016 in Poland. dejan manaskovRK Vardar SkopjeStojance Stoilov ← Previous Story Herrem and Lacabrere to join ŽRK Vardar Next Story → EHF EURO 2016: Mizuno Handball is European champion read more

Waves damage Coast Guard station while volunteers out helping others

first_imgWHILE THE VOLUNTEERS from the Doolin Coast Guard were out helping people during yesterday’s flooding, their own station was badly damaged by waves.The damage to the station can be clearly seen in these photos from the Coast Guard’s Facebook page:The Drogheda Coast Guard building was also damaged, and the team are currently cleaning their station and continuing with repairs.Meanwhile, in Doolin the prefabs were described as being in “poor condition” with “significant” work needed to restore them.There are temporary arrangements in place for the Doolin Coast Guard volunteers.A spokesperson for the Coast Guard said that Doolin volunteers were working to help people in Lahinch and Quilty in Co Clare. Lahinch was one of the worst affected areas during the bad weather, while 20 people were assisted out of Quilty due to the floods.The Doolin office is inland, though near the coast, and it was not anticipated it would be affected by the floods, due to its location.There are in excess of 20 volunteers who work from the Coast Guard’s Doolin station.Read: Battered: Your pictures of how the storm took its toll>last_img read more