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Particle vs. Hologram

Hologram offers powerful connectivity management solutions, but doesn’t provide the hardware, embedded operating system or cloud solutions you need to bring connected products to market.

A Full-Stack Alternative to Hologram

Hologram is a popular platform for companies that need SIM cards and connectivity management for their cellular IoT products. It offers a global SIM, which is hardware agnostic and compatible with a wide network of providers and connectivity tech.

If you have the rest of the infrastructure you need for a cellular IoT deployment already in place, with the right people to manage all of it, Hologram is a popular option as an alternative to dealing directly with carriers. Their SIM offers wide coverage with flexible pricing and easy scalability.

But if you need a full-stack solution that gives you the software, hardware, and connectivity you need to build a complete IoT product, Hologram will only give you a piece of the puzzle. You’ll have to add headcount or vet outside design/engineering agencies to handle hardware and device firmware, cloud engineering, power optimization, DevOps, security, etc.

As an alternative to Hologram, Particle is an integrated IoT Platform-as-a-Service that offers both cellular and Wi-Fi devices and a full suite of connectivity management solutions, including EtherSIM, our managed SIM service. EtherSIM is powered by over 350 carriers, doesn’t lock you into a monthly data plan, and gives you connectivity right out of the box.

All of this is in addition to an embedded IoT operating system (Particle Device OS) and a scalable, secure IoT device cloud (Particle Cloud). The full capabilities of the Particle IoT PaaS are integrated into every device, and allow you to start building connected products immediately.

Particle gives you an entire foundation on which you can build connected products quickly and without adding headcount to handle the hard, undifferentiated work of building an IoT product. Our devices connect as soon as you turn them on, and everything about the PaaS is extensible so you can build your way.

Particle vs. Hologram - A Comparison

Particle Hologram Comparison Table

Why Choose Particle IoT Platform-as-a-Service?

Particle unblocks enterprises and startups that want to build connected products but don’t have the resources or time to wrangle an entire stack of technologies and make them “talk to each other.”

  • A Fully Integrated Platform-as-a-Service

    Particle makes IoT software, connectivity, and hardware work together seamlessly in one PaaS, so you can connect your products without worrying about security, scalability, or connectivity issues.

  • Standardized, Yet Customizable Devices and Software

    All Particle devices are standardized so they work as soon as you turn them on, making it easy to start validating your idea faster. They’re also extensible so they can fit into your requirements, not the other way around.

  • Trusted by Over 270,000 Developers Around the World

    Particle’s easy-to-use API-driven environment, SDKs and extensive documentation help your team ship faster than ever.

  • The Only IoT PaaS With Embedded Over-the-Air Updates

    Particle makes it easy to update and innovate on your products, even when they’re in the field. It includes everything you need to reliably and securely update your firmware comes pre-integrated. Particle customers push over 100,000 OTA updates a month, and the majority finish in less than 30 seconds.

  • Secure at Every Layer

    All the data that flows from your devices to your cloud and back is protected with industry-leading security. Protect your customers’ and business’ data confidently.

Case Study - Jacuzzi® Launches Smart Hot Tubs in Just 6 Months With Particle

Learn how Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs built and scaled its innovative cellular-connected hot tubs using Particle's Platform-as-a-Service.

Leading Companies Build Cellular IoT Products on Particle

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