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Telstra's IoT Platform

BY Tiana Fong 18 August 2020

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a network of physical objects which collects data from the environment and connects via the internet.  With a myriad of sensors that digitise the physical environment, we can pretty much connect any 'thing' at any time where there is internet access.

In fact, Telstra already has over  3 million IoT connections and is proud to have Australia’s largest IoT network covering up to 4 million square kilometres.  To compare coverage, our Telstra mobile voice network still covers an impressive 2.5 million square kilometres.  What this means is that we can connect IoT devices up to 120 kilometres away from a base station and still receive connectivity.  There’s more to come when we add 5G technology to that network and scale with more devices and data.  To manage all those devices, make sense of that tsunami of data, and turn in to actional insights, you need our Telstra IoT Platform.


What is it?

Telstra IoT Platform empowers you to manage your assets remotely with ease and efficiency.

It is an online workbench of tools that allows a user the ability to manage remote sensors and control data feeds. An IoT platform is an enabler for accelerated development and customisation of applications. It is a set of software tools (APIs, plug-ins and business rule templates) that enables:

  1. Connecting multiple types of devices
  2. Creating IoT applications or device visualisations
  3. Integration to external systems
  4. Rapid customisation of these functionalities through real-time processing and applications.

When devices or equipment are connected, we can measure, manage and analyse the data from the devices. When this data is integrated with existing systems, for example your enterprise back office, the end user can draw additional, actionable insights. The tangible benefits can include reduced maintenance costs, equipment failure avoidance, better field technician productivity and improved business operation.

At a high level, the platform provides 3 core functions:


An IoT Platform customer solution will include the customers devices connected (data management), managed (device management) and visualized, which may include smart rules to notify or trigger events based on data readings. All of this can then be interfaced back into the customers own systems.


What's it good for?

Turn ordinary things into connected things and turn data into actionable insights. Telstra’s IoT Platform puts you in control of your IoT solutions, giving you visibility and intelligence that has the power to transform how you do business.

It is a one-stop IoT platform for device management, data collection, data visualisation, application development and runtime analytics.

More of the platform capabilities and real customer case studies can be found on Telstra Enterprise


Who Can Have It?

You need:

  1. a valid ABN, ACN or ARBN.
  2. a Telstra Digital Identity (TDI) or a Registration & Enrolment credential (R&E) log in.

For more information on ordering, and how to get your TDI, check out this guide: How to order a Telstra IoT Platform Service


Now you know about the Telstra IoT platform, and you’ve ordered the free trial, try it out by integrating our Arduino MKR NB 1500 device! We’ve published a handy guide to show you how.

If you have any questions or suggestions about innovating with Telstra’s IoT network, check out the Telstra Enterprise page, or post on the TelstraDev IoT Devices community forum.


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