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By Rich Handley

Pod Group Provides Secure IoT Connectivity for Klevio's Smart Door Entry App

Pod Group, a provider of platforms, software and connectivity services for the Internet of Things (IoT) and connected enterprises, has announced that it has signed an agreement to provide an IoT connectivity solution to Klevio, a supplier of remote keyless access applications. The Klevio One device is a Wi-Fi- and 4G-enabled smart intercom and smartphone app that enables consumers and businesses to remotely open doors to their properties from anywhere around the world.

The Klevio One device operates like an ordinary intercom with a doorbell function, as well as the ability to speak to visitors and open both private and communal doors. But it also allows property owners to perform these functions remotely, via an app on their smartphone. Users can create digital time-limited keys for short-term lets or property management, and the device can be installed on an existing door lock to make it smart, by fitting an electric strike to the doorframe.

Klevio chose to connect its smart door entry application using Pod Group's secure, multi-network connectivity. The solution includes multi-network SIM cards offering connectivity on more than 600 networks in more than 185 countries. The SIM automatically swaps networks if the device loses signal, thereby ensuring continuous connectivity.

Pod's F2M connectivity-management platform allows customers such as Klevio to manage their SIM base globally from a single centralized interface. The platform provides analysis of each device's connectivity, as well as network security monitoring and threat detection. "We chose on both price and performance," said Mark Curling, Klevio's COO and co-founder, in a prepared statement. "We parallel-tested a lot of providers, and the SIMs from Pod Group provided the best connection and fastest ping in low-reception environments."

Charles Towers-Clark, Pod Group's CEO, added in the prepared statement: "Klevio's application is a perfect example of the power of connected IoT devices and the convenience they provide. With over 20 years of experience in connecting M2M/IoT devices, we can offer in-depth expertise on any aspect of connecting devices, including the latest technologies, security, management and billing. We are delighted that our solution has been selected by Klevio to provide secure, resilient connectivity for its innovative smart entry application."

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