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Octave Delivers Pricing Designed for the Industrial IoT

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With the industry’s first message-based pricing model, Octave brings simplicity, predictability and control to industrial IoT pricing

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Message-based Pricing

Octave’s message-based pricing means you only pay for the data you need, when you need it

Regional Pricing Table

Solution Fee
1000 Messages
Developer Mode
File Transfer Fee
$0.50 up to 1MB + $0.25/MB
$1.25 up to 1MB + $0.65/MB
Not available
$5.00 up to 1MB + $2.50/MB
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Frequently Questioned Answers

  • Secure connectivity in over 160 countries via the Sierra Wireless Global Wireless Network
  • Device and connectivity management for monitoring and configuring your devices​
  • Ongoing security patches, including two over-the-air software updates for your Octave edge devices per year
  • Unlimited use of Octave APIs and graphical user interface
  • A message payload contains up to 20 datapoints. A datapoint can be a sensor reading, machine parameter, or any other important piece of data from your connected asset​
  • You have control over the timing, content, and priority of your messages – so you only pay for the data you need.
  • No charges for overhead data – including device health, location, and security handshake data.
  • Messages are aggregated across all your devices. You are billed for the total number of messages you send per month.
  • All your Octave devices are automatically assigned to one of four pricing regions
  • Connectivity charges for your entire global deployment are aggregated on a single invoice
  • Region A – which covers the USA, Canada, Europe, and much of Asia – has the lowest price bracket No need to haggle with multiple network operators on price
  • Octave eliminates the need to commit to long term connectivity subscriptions to get the best price
  • Octave offers Developer Mode, designed to allow you to make frequent updates, changes, and tweaks to your data model as you develop your prototype with Octave
  • Developer mode includes up to 20,000 messages per month
  • Once you’re ready, just turn off developer mode to get deployment scale pricing

Pricing Example

You want to set up a connected water monitoring deployment with 500 solar powered telemetry systems. Let’s figure out what your monthly budget should look like.


You set up your Octave edge device to monitor 3 datapoints:

  1. Groundwater level
  2. Acidity
  3. Battery level

You want to log these datapoints every hour but don’t need real-time updates – you’re happy to get the data every 6 hours. With Octave, that will generate 4 messages per day x 30 days x 500 devices = 60,000 messages per month.

On top of that, you want to set up an alert to send a message immediately when any of these values changes by more than 20% in an hour. You expect these alerts to generate an additional 100 messages per month for the entire deployment. That makes a total of 60,100 messages per month.

50 devices will be receiving a 0.5 MB file and 50 devices a 2 MB file each month. This will be 100 file transfers per month, + 5 x 1 MB transfer fee (for the 2 MB file transfers).

Your deployment is in Region A, so your rate is $1 monthly per connected device plus $1 for every 1000 messages, $0.5 per file transfer and $0.25 per MB beyond the 1 MB pooled across devices. Per the table below, this works out to a monthly total of $1060.10 per month, or $2.12 per telemetry system.


Flood Warning

There have been heavy rains in one area that could result in potential flooding. You have 10 systems in that area, and now want real-time updates every hour from those systems.

No problem. With Octave, a simple push of a new Blueprint can update the observation engine to route the groundwater level, acidity, and battery measurements to the cloud once per hour. These systems now generate 24 messages per day each. Your new monthly budget for those 10 systems goes up to $1.72 per system because you are sending data more frequently. Of course, you can change the data rate back to normal as soon as the flood risk decreases.

Monitoring (low frequency)
Flood Warning (high frequency)
Deployment Size
Solution Subscription
500 x $1 = $500/month
10 x $1 = $10/month
Groundwater Monitoring
4 msgs / day x 30 days x 500 devices
= 60,000 msgs / month
24 msgs / day x 30 days x 10 devices
= 7,200 msgs / month
100 msgs / month
60,100 msgs / month
7,200 msgs / month
$1060.10 / month
$2.12 / system / month
$25.44 / system / year
$17.20 / month
$1.72 / system / month
$20.64 / system / year

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