SORACOM Air ("Air”) is a service that provides Air SIM, a data communications SIM card intended specifically for IoT devices.
Air lets you change various settings, monitor traffic, and more through its web console (user console) or API, facilitating central management of your IoT devices.
Features of Air
LTE/3G Mobile Data
Air provides data communications services over LTE/3G networks in a broad service area globally, which is necessary for IoT.
Air's usage rate plan has been optimized for IoT devices. The base rate is 0.06 USD per card per day, with metered usage from 0.08 USD per 1MB of data traffic. Pay only for what you use.
Please see the price page for detail
Pricing - SORACOM Air
Control Multiple SIM Cards from the User Console or API
With Air you can control the Air SIM cards of multiple IoT devices. Pause and resume communication, change the speed of communication, or monitor traffic through the user console or API.
Purchase 1, 1000, or More SIM Cards Right Away
You can purchase as many Air SIM cards as you need right now, whether you want 1, 1000, or even more.
You can purchase SORACOM Air viaamazon.comfrom 1 SIM card.
You can purchase a single Air SIM card for a small initial expense and start using it as soon as it arrives and there is absolutely no hassle in setting it up. Air SIM does not impose restrictions with contract periods, making it perfect for device manufacturers and hardware start-ups prototyping new ideas.
Air SIM Sizes and Types
Air SIM Sizes
Air SIM cards are available in all three sizes normally used by IoT devices, nano, micro, and standard. Most modern smartphones now use nano-sized SIM card, but many IoT devices still require the standard size. Air SIM cards can be used with any IoT device.
You might sometimes want to send instructions to remote IoT devices via SMS. Air SIM cards are available with SMS support or with data communications only in all three sizes. Data-only SIM cards cost less per month than cards that support SMS.
Intricate Control of Data Communications Through the API
Manage the data communications of your IoT devices with Air. From the API or the user console accessible via web browser you can change data communication speed, start or suspend use of an Air SIM card, monitor data usage, obtain an Air SIM card's ID (ICCID: Integrated Circuit Card ID, IMSI: International Mobile Subscriber Identity), and communication module IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity), and more.
This allows you to collectively configure the Air SIM cards of multiple IoT devices in remote locations.
The API can be called from IoT devices equipped with Air SIM cards or from other severs online.
You can use the API to set controls on data communication in order to lower data costs. You can increase data speed at night when you want your devices to send and receive data and pause data communication during the day.
In addition, by obtaining devices' ICCID, IMSI and IMEI codes, you can manage all your devices that use Air SIM cards.
Please refer to theDeveloper Sitefor more information on the API.
Settings can also be configured manually through the user console.
Data Usage Monitoring
Air lets you check for yourself how much data is being transmitted by each of your devices with Air SIM cards via the user console (an administrative web application) or the API. From the user console, you can view charts displaying how much data each Air SIM card is using and download detailed information as CSV files.
You can also obtain the URL to download the detailed data when using the API. Usage fees can be kept from getting out of hand by using this traffic data to mechanically check that none of your devices are using more data than you expected or to lower transmission speeds when traffic is higher than you planned.
Data traffic values are updated approximately every 5 minutes.
Configuring Custom DNS
Devices using Air SIM cards can be set up to use your own DNS servers.
This lets you control access from the device through DNS filtering and change the DNS to switch access points. The DNS can also be configured through the API to change when triggered by an event.
You can specify up to two DNS servers.
Please refer to theDeveloper Sitefor more information on the Custom DNS.
Air's metadata service lets you obtain and update device Air SIM card information over HTTP. You can also change data speeds, add tags, and more if write access has been enable.
The API can be called with a simple code without needing to use the SDK even when calling the API on a single device. The device will also not need credentials.
Metadata service usage is configured in group units. Air SIM cards belonging to the authorized group will use the metadata service.
Please refer to theDeveloper Sitefor more information on the Metadata Service and its usage / use case.
About usage of each features, please seeDeveloper Site.
Please contact us if you have any questions.