Lite

Take a test drive. No credit card is required for the first 30 days of trial. This plan is also available after 30 days with some restrictions.

$0.00 USD per month

The Lite plan includes up to 20 devices, and 100 MB of data metrics per month.

  • Maximum of 20 registered devices
  • Maximum of 100 MB exchanged per month
  • Maximum of 100 MB analyzed per month
  • Maximum of 100 MB analyzed at edge per month

Single tier - no additional costs within the limits of the plan.

Standard

Seamlessly migrate to the Standard plan, which includes the Lite plan and additional costs based on usage.

 

Starting at

$0.00 USD per month

The Standard plan includes the Lite plan and unlimited registered devices. Pay for what you use by tier.

Tier 1: 1 MB - 450GB  

$0.001 USD per MB exchanged

Tier 2: 450GB - 7TB  

$0.0007 USD per MB exchanged

Tier 3: 7TB and above  

$0.00014 USD per MB exchanged

$0.02 USD per MB analyzed on the cloud

$0.005 USD per MB analyzed at edge

Advanced Security

Extend Watson IoT Platform capabilities with Threat Intelligence for IoT. Visualize critical risks and create policy-driven mitigation actions.

 

Starting at

$0.00 USD per month

The Advanced Security plan includes the Lite plan and unlimited registered devices. Pay for what you use by tier.

Tier 1: 1 MB - 450GB  

$0.0013 USD per MB exchanged

Tier 2: 450GB - 7TB  

$0.00091 USD per MB exchanged

Tier 3: 7TB and above  

$0.000182 USD per MB exchanged

$0.02 USD per MB analyzed on the cloud

$0.005 USD per MB analyzed at edge

Typical scenarios

 

You own cafes in two different cities and want to run your retail IoT on Watson IoT Platform in your five brick and mortar locations. Energy usage, coffee and blender machines, and drive-through usage needs to be monitored. You also want to analyze that data to help you better maintain your stores and lower costs.

Small deployment:

You have 100 devices, and each device sends 50 messages per day. Each message is 1 KB.

You want to also analyze your data, so you have set some rules and triggers for ALL the data.

TOTAL monthly charge

$ 1.07 USD per month

100 devices * 50 messages * 31 days * 1 KB = 151 MB  

Data exchanged/Tier 1:

$ 0.001 USD per MB

Data analyzed/Tier 1:

$ 0.02 USD per MB

First 100 MB is free, so data exchanged is 51 MB  

Data exchanged cost

51 * 0.001 = $ 0.05 USD

Data analyzed cost is

51 * 0.02 = $ 1.02 USD

 

You are a premier office space provider and are eager to use the IoT to help manage over a hundred buildings scattered around New England. Energy usage, maintenance parameters, security, space utilization and occupant behavior are your primary concerns.

Medium deployment:

You have 20,000 devices, and each device sends 900 messages per day. Each message is 1 KB.

You are not analyzing any of the data.

TOTAL monthly charge

$ 381.38 USD per month

20,000 devices * 900 messages * 31 days * 1 KB = 544,922 MB  

Data exchanged/Tier 2:

$ 0.0007 USD per MB

First 100 MB is free, so data exchanged is 544,822 MB  

Data exchanged cost

544,822 * 0.0007
= $ 381.38 USD

 

You are a well-known food producer, with plants, logistics and storage facilities across the country. You want to make your processing and production lines, warehouses and fleet of trucks IoT driven. In addition to that, many of your on-field employees will be 'connected workers'.

Large deployment:

You have 200,000 devices, and each device sends 1,800 messages per day. Each message is 1 KB.

You are not analyzing any of the data.

TOTAL monthly charge

$ 1,525.77 USD per month

200,000 devices * 1,800 messages * 31 days * 1 KB = 10,898,438 MB  

Data exchanged/Tier 3:

$ 0.00014 USD per MB

First 100 MB is free, so data exchanged is 10,898,338 MB  

Data exchanged cost

10,898,338 * 0.00014
= $ 1,525.77 USD

Watson IoT Platform pricing FAQs

What is the maximum size per message?

128 KB is the maximum message Watson IoT Platform can send.

Can I use the Watson IoT Platform for free?

Yes, you can use the Watson IoT Platform for free as long as your data usage is within the free quota. We do not have a minimum charge. Watson IoT Platform works great for all data usage scenarios because you only pay what you use.

If you only use 100 MB for each of data exchanged, data analyzed and data analyzed edge, then you will not need to pay for anything.

My data usage fluctuates day to day. Would that affect my bills?

In the end of the month, the Watson IoT Platform will calculate the usage and use the right tier for you. Daily data fluctuation will not affect your billing and performance.

Leave your daily data fluctuation to Watson IoT Platform. We will make sure all your messages are received and delivered, so that you can focus on the application development.

Do I need to keep track of my utilization rate? What is the capacity limit for each tier?

There is no capacity limit for each tier. Your service will not be interrupted by data usage fluctuation or tier change.

For example, if the total data you exchanged this month increases from 1 MB to 744,000 MB, the monthly pricing will automatically be adjusted to Tier 2. The price will be [744,000MB – 100MB (free tier) ]* 0.0007 = $521

You do not need to do anything, and your messages will be delivered and received without delays.

Begin your Watson IoT Platform experience by signing up for the Lite plan at no charge.

Scale up to the Standard or Advanced Security plans as needed where you pay for only what you use. Estimate your projected costs using the IBM Bluemix pricing calculator.

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