Binita Lohia, Product Manager at KPN API Store

Meet our first Internet of Things (IoT) API: the IoT Programmable SIM API by JpU. We believe this API is a valuable addition to our portfolio with its programmable SIM and connectivity management functionalities. The very first of a promising series for our users! Why IoT? What is the power behind JpU’s technology? We interviewed Wouter van Schaik, Product Owner at the API Store and Tony Diaz, Vice President of Sales, about IoT and JpU.

IoT at the API Store

In recent months, we worked hard at the API Store to add IoT APIs to our portfolio. Why? Because our customers want IoT functionalities and we believe we should offer the latest technologies to our customers. It’s important to us that we make a valuable contribution to building new ways of working and living together.

Wouter, tell us, why IoT?

Wouter: “You might think ‘Why would I need IoT technology when my devices are already connected to the internet?’. Imagine the possibilities when your devices are connected to each other as well. IoT is about devices having the ability to sense, communicate, control and interact with other devices. We are very excited to have this API available in the KPN API Store and that our customers can benefit from it.”

“IoT is about devices having the ability to sense, communicate, control and interact with other devices”

Meet JpU’s IoT technology

Now, of course we are very proud of our new collaboration, but what makes JpU so special? We asked Tony Diaz to explain it.

Tony, what is the power of JpU’s technology?

Tony: “Our IoT technology comes into play when an IoT use case needs cellular connectivity. We found that traditional mobile services are not flexible enough to support the variety of IoT use cases. The costs and resources required to customize mobile networks and offer programmable SIMs to adapt to these use cases make it nearly impossible for mobile operators and businesses to make a profitable business out of IoT.

The JpU technology solves this problem by opening up the mobile network with APIs that allow you to adapt to any IoT use case. APIs enable businesses to innovate and consume mobile communication services in a self-service model.

Our technology gives you the ability to build a secure network of connected devices. It provides tools to be more agile and creative. This enables consumers, mobile operators and enterprises to implement their own security policies on the public network and create efficient and secure IoT services.”

“Our technology gives you the ability to build a secure network of connected devices”

How did you do it?

Tony: “The complexity of the mobile network and the expertise required to configure, control and maintain it, was a major challenge. It took our experts in mobile infrastructure 4 years to define and design new network elements, so we could re-adapt to the newest cloud-based technologies. We did this in order to offer user-friendly APIs that are easily accessible with common IT resources.”

What are the next steps for your team?

Tony: “We have great plans to extend the capabilities our technology. For example, in future developers will be able to control roaming preferences for their SIM cards. Developers will be able to use webhooks to notify them of suspicious behavior on devices. In the longer term, we plan to provide more security features and to support 3GPP APIs for narrowband IoT.”

What do you think of our Store?

Tony: “We very much like the fact that businesses can get communication platforms as-a-service at the KPN API Store. It is clear that these types of enterprise services will grow in the coming years.

We believe that delivering traditional voice calls and text messaging is not enough, especially when we look at the IoT and M2M (machine-to-machine) markets. There is an obvious need for tools to secure the data connections of mobile networks, of which the numbers will keep growing in the coming years.”

“We believe delivering traditional voice calls and text messaging is not enough”

Which API can be used in combination with the IoT Programmable SIM API?

Tony: “Our API can easily be combined with other APIs. Customers can for example combine our IoT Programmable SIM API with the Phone Numbers API by Vonage (formerly called Nexmo) to use their virtual phone number on a mobile device with a programmable SIM card. Our API can move virtual phone numbers between SIM cards on-demand, which opens up new horizons for creativity with developers.”

What tip do you want to give users of the IoT Programmable SIM API?

Tony: “I would say, think out of the box. Put the legacy away and start to plan as if the mobile network is your own network. Then, get your hands on a few SIM cards, take a day to get familiar with our API and amaze us with your own use case.”

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