A lot of times when we meet a customer, they tell us that they want to run their IoT solution with Microsoft Azure or AWS IoT or whatever other big company offers for IoT. The most interesting part here is that they are not our competitor. thethings.iO is not competing with Microsoft Azure, AWS, IBM Bluemix or Google IoT, among others. thethings.iO is usually competing with the consulting firms or engineering companies who are making from scratch an IoT solution on the top of Microsoft Azure IoT, AWS IoT, etc. These are our competitors, and usually they are making the IoT more slowly. Why? Because with thethings.iO IoT platform our customers can have the software that these consulting firms make (in 3, 6, 9 months) in minutes or days running on any IaaS.
Democratizing the IoT means that every Internet of Things company should be able to reduce their time to market when connecting their products to the Internet. As you know there are a lot of platforms and confusion on the IoT.
So what differentiates the thethings.iO from AWS and Azure?
With AWS, IBM and Azure services, they provide the infrastructure but you have to build and maintain your own platform for your IoT devices. This means you need another company or inside team making software on top of the infrastructure they provide.
In addition, the platform built by thethings.iO includes the coding analytics and maintenance of full interoperability. Interoperability allows all your different devices to communicate and collaborate so the IoT devices and services which are able to reach their maximum functionality. Communication is vital to the operation of multiple IoT devices.
thethings.iO offers a tiered pricing model just as AWS and Azure do. Therefore, the more devices you connect the cheaper the price per device will be. Your company is able to connect hundreds of thousands of devices for a very affordable price. The price is set at a monthly rate so you always know exactly how much you will be paying with no hidden fees. Each tier comes with more features and abilities such as the number of API calls/messages and cloud executions. thethings.iO offers regular support with the ability to upgrade to higher levels of support to best meet the needs of all customers. This flexible pricing allows us to adapt to your changing business needs in the simplest way. Finally, you can try out any of thethings.iO services completely free for 15 days!