Konekt, a Chicago-based developers of a toolkit for IoT device management and connectivity via cellular networks, has raised $US1.3m in funding from multiple investors.
The company claims to “represent a key step in connecting the forecasted billions of things to the Internet by simplifying the process of building connected products that work outside the home.”
The company claims to solve many of the range and signal fidelity problems posed by WiFi and Bluetooth by making it simple to connect devices to the Internet using cellular connectivity. “Konekt offers transparent pricing, robust APIs for device management, and a cloud platform for device communication, making it incredibly easy for anyone to build connected devices that use cellular connectivity,” the company says.
“Previously, it has been expensive and inconvenient to connect devices to the Internet via cellular connectivity. With Konekt, makers, OEMs and systems integrators of all sizes and levels of sophistication can now build devices that easily and securely connect to the Internet with cellular connectivity,” the company says.
“We are making enterprise grade tools, technologies, and connectivity options available at the consumer level. The consumerisation of enterprise technology is a tried and true model that has been applied successfully in other areas; we believe that there is a major opportunity for an M2M platform that simplifies the process and puts makers and developers first.”
The Konekt Toolkit comprises integrated pieces: The Konekt Global SIM card that provides worldwide Internet access; The Konekt Cloud that routes and stores all data on the Konekt network; and The Konekt Management Portal that enable billing, activation and management of all devices.