The Internet of things is supposed to reach billions of connected devices in a few years, but that won’t happen unless developers and vendors can mount some steep hurdles. On Wednesday, Verizon took steps to clear those away. 

At an event in San Francisco, the huge U.S. carrier launched ThingSpace, a platform for application development, device management, and other tasks required to make IoT offerings a reality. It also laid out plans for a new network core just to handle those connected objects and announced less expensive chips for linking them to an LTE network.

Verizon plans to offer all the pieces needed to get connected devices out in the world serving consumers and enterprises. Today, IoT creators have to go to as many as six different companies for things like choosing chip modules, writing software, testing new devices and collecting and analyzing data, said Mike Lanman, Verizon’s senior vice president of enterprise and IoT products.

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