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Changes to our IoT Developer Kit Offer

BY Michelle Telstra 24 June 2021

Telstra is a leading IoT provider, but when building great technology solutions, sometimes less is more.

That’s why from 15th July 2021 we’ll be retiring the IoT Marketplace on TelstraDev and ending the Developer Kit trial.

After speaking to IoT developers, we’ve found that Telstra IoT’s biggest value is in the coverage and depth of network we can offer – so we're focusing on that!

 

Where we've come from...

When TelstraDev launched the IoT Marketplace in 2019, we wanted to make it as easy as possible to get up and running with Telstra’s IoT network.

Since then, we’ve seen some incredible innovations. Our kits have been put in watering troughs and train tracks in central Australia, on lakes and in travelling beer kegs, in crowded smart cities and in solar powered cars. They’ve helped change the way our developers see connectivity in unexpected places.

Our 6-month Developer Kit trial was so successful that we extended it for a further 2 years. But all good things must come to an end.

Where we're going...

We’ll continue to enable our customers to harness the operational insights and improvements that they expect, and our IoT team is busy working on a number of exciting end-to-end solutions to achieve this. Just around the corner are new IoT products with API offerings  for IoT SIMs, smart buildings, connected supply chains, and much more!  

You might also have seen announcements for Data Hub – a modular, cloud-based platform designed to reduce the friction and cost of securely sharing data across organisations and Digital Twins. Data Hub is already bringing IoT, Edge, AI and cloud computing together to better visualise physical assets and their properties (be it a building, farm, mine, shopping centre or hospital, for example, and the respective electricity, network, security, or water assets).

What about Arduino?

The Arduino MKR NB 1500 is still available for purchase from electronics stores within Australia and is compatible with the Telstra IoT Cat-M1 and NB-IoT network. Our previous workshops and tutorials for the device – including our Get StartedControl with SMS commandsSend SMS IoT data updates, and Track environmental data guides – are still relevant.

The Arduino MKR NB 1500 remains a great tool for testing the long range communication capabilities of Telstra’s IoT network where Wi-Fi and LoRa are not practical, but also for implementing IoT nodes in production. We asked Arduino about their new pro series for Industrial IoT in our latest AusIoT Meetupfind out what’s to come in the new release.

Plus, the Arduino still gives joy to developers – like that time I triggered an Arduino MKR NB 1500 to blink on and off at a hackathon in Melbourne, using a text from my Gold Coast home office. It's the little things…

 

winning at IoT demo with telstra and arduino

 

What can you do?

Stay up-to-date with the latest in IoT by following TelstraDev on Twitter and Github, reading our blogs, and joining us at the monthly AusIoT meetup for IoT enthusiasts and developers.

We are always on the lookout for guest blogs, tutorials or meetup talks! If you are doing something with one of the dev kits please reach out: telstradev@team.telstra.com 

In the meantime, we’ve got your IoT needs covered:

  • Need SIMs for IoT connectivity? Check out the data plans for small business and request a call back here.
  • Got some SIMs and need to manage them? It’s easy with the IoT Connection Manager.
  • Building your own IoT solution and want to speak to an expert? Or maybe you just want to test the waters, but don’t have a small business yet. Why not post in our IoT Community Forum and connect with other developers.

And of course, we have ready-to-go IoT solutions for small businesses and Telstra Enterprise too:

 

Questions? Reach out to me, your Developer Advocate on our IoT Community Forum, on Twitter, or at telstradev@team.telstra.com.

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