M2M One Newsletter – August 2020

Welcome to the August edition of the M2M One Newsletter. 

This month we confirm the successful completion of the Jasper HLR Migration, as well as a reminder about the upcoming Cat M1/NB-IoT Webinar being held on August 25th.  We are also attending our first virtual expo this year – the IoT Festival. Read on to find out more.

Gideon Borden
Senior Director – Sales & Operations | M2M One

  • Impact of Coronavirus

In Victoria (where M2M One are headquartered) the fight again Covid-19 has been hard. While the state is in Stage 4 restrictions, we would like to assure all our customers that we are an essential service and we remain open for business. We are following all the new rules and regulations set down by the Government to ensure that we can remain open.

We have taken extra precautions and are running with a bare minimum skeleton crew in the office, with majority of staff working from home.

We would like to thank all of our customers for the ongoing support, and remain hopeful that things will return to normal in the near future.

  • NB-IoT vs Cat M1 Webinar

M2M One are proud to announce the first in our new series of Webinars. We recently updated you all on the launch of our commercial NB-IoT product, and we are glad to say that we have received a lot of great feedback and questions about the solution. There is still a lot of confusion around the differences between NB-IoT and Cat M1.

With this in mind, our first webinar will discuss the various benefits of NB-IoT and Cat M1, and which technology is the right tool for your solution.

We are also excited to announce that we will have Wayne Law from Telstra presenting on the webinar to discuss the Telstra network, and what goes into the mapping tools used to determine coverage.

The webinar will take place on Tuesday 25th August at 10:30am. 
There is still time to register to join if you have not already done so. To join please register at the link below:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYrduGhqjIuEtQdJe0tncrje8WtFyEXPZL6

 

  • Telstra Wireless Control Centre (Cisco Jasper) Maintenance Window.

We again want to thank all of our customers for their patience and support through the Jasper maintenance window. We appreciate that it was difficult with the short notice after the initial push-back, however we are happy to announce that the migration went through without any major issues.

 

  •    Events Attended

Due to current Covid-19 situation, all events have been cancelled. Interestingly however, we have managed to have many more face-to-face meetings using technologies such as Microsoft Teams, Skype for Business and Zoom.

If you would like to have a face-to-face meeting with one of our staff, please just reach out and we can arrange a video conference to help work through your M2M/IoT needs.

 

While physical expos are still suspended due to the current situation, one of the expos has moved online. M2M One are proud to be participating in the IoT Festival, which will be held online from September-December.  It will be full of information about the current IoT Industry, as well as plans for the future. 

For more information on the event please see below:

https://www.iothub.com.au/iotfestival

We look forward to being able to attend expos when they return.

Each month we bring you tips and tricks for getting the most value out of the M2M Control Centre.

Security Automation Rules

The Control Centre has a great number of Automation Rules which we have discussed in the past. This month we would like to focus on a specific security automation rule which can be helpful in ensure your devices are not abused in the field.

Unfortunately it is not uncommon for the SIM cards in M2M/IoT devices to be removed without permission, and placed into other devices (such as phones, WiFi hotspots etc) and abused for the free data. Often this can create very high amount of data overuse, which can be very costly (especially if your plan has a high excess data rate).

There are many ways to help prevent this, (and for more detailed advice please get in touch with the team for specific issues), however today we will discuss one method of protection by using the “Security” Automation Rule in Jasper.

This rule is based on a registered IMEI change. Essentially you can program a trigger, so that if the network detects an IMEI number has changed, it will process a pre-determined action. Those actions can include:
·         Send an email notification
·         Change the SIM Status (eg deactivate the SIM)
·         Push an API message
·         Send an SMS notification

This simple security rule will allow you to ensure that the only data being used is on the device you have deployed.

Have more questions about the M2M Control Centre or want some training?
Contact your M2M One account manager

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