M2M One – August 2017 Newsletter

M2M One Newsletter – August 2017

Welcome to M2M One’s August Newsletter,

This month M2M One are taking a breather from our hectic schedules to celebrate a significant business milestone and offer our thanks to you, our valued customers for helping us get there!

We’re also looking at Telstra’s launch of the Cat-M1 network earlier this month and what it means for your M2M/IoT devices, invite you to join us at our next trade event All Energy Australia 2017 in October and give you some hints on managing SMS with your M2M One SIMs.

James Mack
General Manager | M2M One
  • M2M One reaches 100,000 active connections in Australia!

Earlier this month M2M One reached a major company milestone in securing 100,000 active SIM connections across Australia! This marks a huge step forward from activating our first SIM card with Telstra in November 2010.

The team at M2M One want to extend our warmest thanks to all of the customers who have chosen M2M One as their preferred supplier of SIM cards over the last 6 years – whether you have 1 SIM or 10,000 with us, please know that we truly value your business and thank you for continuing to work with us.

If there is ever anything we can do to help you improve or grow you M2M/IoT business please reach out to our team and we’ll be happy to assist.

  • Telstra Launch Cat-M1 Network Australia Wide

On 1/08/2017 Telstra announced that their 4G Network now covers 99% of the Australian population and that they have officially enabled Cat-M1 capability across the 4G footprint.

So what exactly is Cat-M1?

Cat-M1 is an LTE standard designed specifically for IoT/M2M that allows compatible modules to operate on a reduced spectrum with reduced speed to theoretically improve battery life, coverage and penetration.

Can I use Cat-M1 now?

Yes – As of 1st of August Telstra’s entire 4G network is enabled for Cat-M1 transition and your M2M One SIM cards will work with no additional changes! All you need is a compatible module or modem, if you need help sourcing a product feel free to contact M2M One and we can introduce you to some of our partners.

 

All Energy Australia 2017 – Melbourne, 11-12 October 2017

M2M One are excited to be a first time exhibitor at one of Australia’s premier Clean Energy & Waste Management events in it’s return to Melbourne in October. We’ll be exhibiting our range of SIM Cards and Data Plans as well as talking about how customers in the energy, utility and waste industry are using our services to power their IoT & M2M solutions.

You can find M2M One at Stand 1016View our exhibitor profile

Held in partnership with the Clean Energy Council, the 2017 program will showcase expert opinions from more than 120 speakers and feature more than 120 domestic and international exhibitors.

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

Managing SMS Usage

This month we look at various ways to utilize SMS with your M2M One SIM Cards.

As standard all M2M One SIMs come with additional features like SMS, Voice & Roaming barred but you can have these activated and added at any time – For full information on pricing click here

When you have SMS enabled on your SIM cards there are a few features you can benefit from in the M2M Control Centre:

  • SMS Live – In the control centre you can click on any ICCID to access additional information and features, from here navigate to the bottom and click the SMS tab.
    The first option here is SMS Live, this allows you to send SMS messages from the control centre at no additional cost to your devices in the field. Many of our customers use this as a low cost way to remotely configure devices in the field by sending AT Commands via SMS – SMS Live is also available through the API
  • Message History – The second tab in SMS labelled Message History lets you view in real-time any SMS messages sent or received from that particular SIM. While you can’t see the content of the message you can see date, time, sent from and sent to information to help you diagnose any issues you may be having related to SMS on your device.
  • SMS Monitoring and Alarms – M2M One can set alerts and automation rules on services on your behalf to notify and event suspend SIM cards on high SMS usage within a month or 24 hour period. To set this up either contact your account manager or email support@m2mone.com.au
Have more questions about the M2M Control Centre or want some training?
Contact your M2M One account manager

M2M One – February 2017 Newsletter

M2M One Newsletter – February 2017

Welcome to M2M One’s February 2017 Newsletter!

We’re already 2 months in to 2017 and the M2M & IoT world is as exciting as ever, with carriers and module manufactures expected to announce plans for LTE, NB-IoT & 5G services at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week.

In this month’s newsletter we talk about some pricing changes coming to our M2M One Global SIM cards, email alerts to give you more visibility over your Group Data Plans, manging customer allocations in the M2M Control Centre and finally a special offer from our friends across the water at M2M One NZ.

  • M2M One Global SIM Price Review

Last year we launched our first Global Roaming SIM card for use in multiple markets across the world, allowing M2M One to support Australian customers who are deploying units internationally.
We’ve been working with our underlying carrier partner on coverage and rates and we’re pleased to announce that we have new pricing available for our global SIMs including tiered pricing similar to our domestic Australian plans.

We’ll be officially launching our new pricing structure in March but you can get a custom quote today by contacting your M2M One account manager – For more information about our Global SIM visit: https://www.m2mone.com.au/global/

  • Group Data Plan Management

While M2M One do offer individual CAP data plans we strongly recommend all customers utilize the power of Group Data – This allows you to share the data allowance of each SIM card on the same plan across your entire fleet (e.g 100x 5MB SIMs = 500MB)

While M2M One are still waiting for native group plan monitoring within Control Centre we have built a daily pooled usage digest that can give you an overview of how much of your pool you are currently utilizing. If you would like to subscribe to this daily digest please contact your M2M One Account Manager.

M2M One join M2M Connectivity for Melbourne’s leading digital innovation expo – Connect 2017

We welcome you to join us at Connect Expo 2017 on March 29th-30th at Melbourne Convention Centre to talk M2M & IoT.

M2M One will be sharing stand 148 with our friends at M2M Connectivity where we’ll be showcasing our range of SIMs and Data Plans for connected devices.

If you’re interested in joining us at Connect you can download your free visitor pass to the expo from here: http://connectexpo.com.au/pdf/CONNECT-2017_Visitor_Ticket.pdf

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

End Customer/Cost Centre Allocation

This month we look at updating the End Customer field in the M2M Control Centre – This allows you to keep customer information that can be searched and filtered against each SIM card in your account.

Updating the End Customer field can be done in 2 ways:

  1. Manually – You can update this information individually by going into the Service Listing in control centre and clicking on an individual ICCID number. This will bring up the Additional Information section – From here click the End Consumer tab. Any information you enter in here will be saved against the SIM card, however only information entered against End Customer will display in the Service Listing.
  2. Bulk update – Control Centre allows you to bulk update information by uploading a formatted Excel spreadsheet. To perform a bulk upload, create a spreadsheet in Excel with two columns, the first should read ICCID (this column should contain your SIM numbers) the second column should read End Consumer ID (under this column you can input your customer name data). Once you’ve prepared your spreadsheet navigate to the Service Listing and click the Batch Update tab from there follow the prompts to upload your custom data.
Have more questions about the M2M Control Centre or want some training?
Contact your M2M One account manager

Looking for local connectivity in New Zealand? Try an M2M Starter Kit from M2M One NZ

M2M One NZ offer local connectivity to the SPARK mobile network with access to the CISCO Jasper M2M Control Centre. As a special introductory rate you can get a Starter Kit for $26.00 NZD + GST

The M2M One NZ Starter Kit Contains:

  • 1 x M2M SIM Card with 3 months of pre-paid data (50MB p/m)
  • Access to the award winning CISCO Jasper M2M Control Centre
  • Dedicated support from M2M One NZ’s team of M2M/IoT experts
For more information about M2M One NZ visit http://www.m2mone.co.nz/ or email info@m2mone.co.nz

M2M One – January 2017 Newsletter

M2M One Newsletter – January 2017

Happy New Year and welcome to M2M One’s January 2017 Newsletter!

This month we’re looking at kicking off the new year with a new look newsletter, talking about the future of 2G networks in Australia, looking at issues arising from using public IP addressing on your devices and providing some tips to improve SIM security using the M2M Control Centre.

  • Australian 2G Networks

As most of you will be well aware of all Australian mobile networks are in the process of shutting down their 2G/GSM networks.

On December 1st 2016 Telstra completed their shutdown of the 2G (900Mhz) Mobile Network across Australia. This now leaves only the Optus and Vodafone networks available for 2G devices, with a view that all remaining 2G coverage will be closed and re-farmed for LTE by 30th September 2017.

To continue operating M2M/IoT devices on the M2M One/Telstra network in Australia you need to make sure that the device contains a module capable connecting to 850Mhz 3G and for optimal coverage 850/2100Mhz 3G (Devices only able to connect to 2100Mhz will not work effectively on the Telstra network, 850Mhz is a requirement for a 3G connection)

  • Public IP Address Issues

Throughout 2016 we have seen a significant increase in the amount of malicious occurring on M2M devices with IP addresses exposed to the public internet (Devices using telstra.extranet as their APN) – These attacks can range from port sniffing or DDoS activity that can significantly increase your mobile data usage to unsecured devices being hijacked or tampered with.

M2M One strongly advise all of our customers to avoid using public IP addressing at all costs – An alternative to using telstra.extranet is to use M2M One’s IPX service which provides a private static IP that can be accessed through a secure IPSEC connection – more details available on our blog (click here)

If for some reason you absolutely have to use a public IP address we recommend taking the following actions to protect yourself:

  • Change the default username and password for any access interfaces on your device.
  • Work with M2M One to set-up limits and notifications on your SIM cards to be notified of increased activity.
  • Don’t leave your device online when idle.
  • If you notice malicious activity force your device to change it’s IP address by restarting or terminating the session.

M2M One’s first event of 2017 will be Connect Expo in Melbourne – Running from the 29th to 30th of March. Details available at: http://connectexpo.com.au/

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

This month we look at adding more security to your SIM deployment using some of the alerts and automation rules available in the control centre.

IMEI Change – When a device first connects to the control centre the IMEI information is automatically populated. M2M One can establish a rule that will either notify by email or suspend a service if this IMEI changes at any point. This can be useful to protect your SIMs from misuse in other devices.

Usage Alerts – M2M One can set-up alerts to notify or suspend a service for excessive use of Data, SMS or Voice functionality. This can be useful to protect you against overage or to alert you of possible misuse or malfunction.

Roaming Usage – By default all M2M One SIMs have roaming disabled by default, however there are cases where you may need roaming added to a SIM to test overseas. M2M One can set-up alerts for high usage or registration in an unauthorized zone when roaming is enabled to protect you against high roaming fees.

At present all new rules and alerts need to be created and applied on your behalf by M2M One support (support@m2mone.com.au) while Jasper complete upgrade works on the automation section of the control centre.
Have more questions about the M2M Control Centre or want some training?
Contact your M2M One account manager

M2M One – December 2016 Newsletter

Welcome to M2M One’s December Newsletter.

As 2016 draws to a close we’d like to thank our customers, partners and peers for a great year and wish you all every success in 2017.

In December we look at the aftermath of Telstra’s 2G shutdown and what the future has in store for remaining 2G devices in Australia, advise you of our operating hours over Christmas & New Years, offer some tips on managing your devices through the M2M One Control Centre and a reminder about our new data plans and features.

This month’s newsletter features:

  1. Notification – M2M One Operating Hours – Christmas & New Year
  2. 2G Update – Post-Telstra 2G Shutdown information
  3. M2M Control Centre – Managing Devices
  4. Pricing & Features – M2M One SIM Cards and Data Plans

1. Notification M2M One Operating Hours – Christmas & New Year

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Christmas & New Years Operating Hours
 
M2M One Office Closes – 5:00pm Thursday 22nd December 2016
M2M One Office Re-Opens – 8:30am Tuesday 3rd January 2017
SIM Orders & Dispatch

Cut-Off for SIM Orders – 2:00pm Thursday 22nd December 2016
SIM Orders Re-commence – Tuesday 3rd January 2017

 

SIM orders can be placed by e-mailing orders@m2mone.com.au

Telstra & M2M One Network Embargo

Embargo begins – Friday 16th December 2016
Embargo ends – Monday 9th January 2017
While the network embargo is in effect M2M One are unable to process any new orders for Static IP or VPN services (IPX) or make any network level changes on existing VPN Tunnels/Clients.

2. 2G Update Post Telstra 2G Shut-Down Information

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Australian 2G Shutdown
 

On December 1st 2016 Telstra completed their shutdown of the 2G (900Mhz) Mobile Network across Australia. This now leaves only the Optus and Vodafone networks available for 2G devices, with a view that all remaining 2G coverage will be closed and re-farmed for LTE by 30th September 2017.

To continue operating M2M/IoT devices on the M2M One/Telstra network in Australia you need to make sure that the device contains a module capable connecting to 850Mhz 3G and for optimal coverage 850/2100Mhz 3G (Devices only able to connect to 2100Mhz will not work on the Telstra network, 850Mhz is a requirement for a 3G connection)

To learn more about the Australian 2G shutdown and to prepare your Optus & Vodafone devices for their shut-down next year, you can read our blog at – https://www.m2mone.com.au/preparing-your-business-for-the-2g-gsm-network-shut-down-in-australia/

3. M2M Control Centre – Managing Devices

M2M One provides all of our customers with access to the CISCO Jasper M2M Control Centre, whether you have a single SIM or 10,000 this online portal can help you manage your SIM fleet in real-time as well as monitor data usage.
When you create your account with M2M One at https://www.m2mone.com.au/get-connected/ and our accounts team has approved the application you will get an email with your login credentials to the M2M Control Centre – If you still don’t have access please email accounts@m2mone.com.au
When you log into the system you have the ability to:
  • Activate/Deactivate SIM cards
  • Edit End User/ Cost Centre details for individual customers
  • Add and edit up to 5 additional custom fields that can be stored against each of your SIMs
  • Diagnose and monitor data usage, network connectivity and activity in real-time
  • All changes can be made through the portal GUI or in bulk by uploading a spreadsheet

You will need to contact M2M One support to:

  • Change Rate Plan or APN on a SIM
  • Configure Alerts & Rules on SIMs (This is temporary, until the feature is re-activated for customers in 2017)
For more detailed information and instructions on how to manage your SIM fleet visit – https://www.m2mone.com.au/m2m-downloads/manuals/M2M-One-Control%20Centre-Customer-Admin-Guide-May-2015.pdf

4. Pricing & Features – M2M One SIM Cards and Data Plans

M2M One recently went through a review and re-pricing of a majority of our M2M data plans – You can view our latest pricing at https://www.m2mone.com.au/m2m-downloads/Pricing/M2M-One-Australian-Price-List.pdf
 
With this pricing change we thought it would be a good time to talk about the two types of plans offered by M2M One.
 
M2M Individual Data (CAP) Plans 
  • Each SIM has a fixed allowance of data, when this data is exhausted the SIM will be suspended until the plan is moved to a higher allowance or reset in the next billing month. 
  • Ideal for solutions that need a fixed cost and fixed allowance of data – i.e consumer IoT products.
M2M Group Data (Shared) Plans
  • Each SIM on the same rate plan contributes it’s data to a shared pool (For example, 10x 50MB SIMs gives you a 500MB pool of data) 
  • If your total usage is above your pooled allowance the SIMs will begin to generate excess charges for the month – However M2M One can help you mitigate this by moving the SIMs to a more cost effective plan before the last day of the calendar month.
  • M2M One can provide a daily email digest of pooled plan usage for maximum visibility.
  • Group data plans are ideal for all business critical M2M Solutions.
As part of our service to all customers we work with you to maximize your data utilization while minimizing your monthly recurring costs, our team of M2M specialists can help you analyze and review your usage and spend each month to make sure you are making the most from your SIM fleet.

M2M One – Data and SMS Price Reduction – October 2016

We’re constantly working on ways we can better serve our customers and supply the best possible M2M service in Australia.

One of the most critical components for delivering an M2M solution is being able to keep your ongoing costs down and we are constantly working with our carrier partners to be able to offer competitive pricing that helps you maintain and grow your business.

That’s why we are pleased to announce that we are now able to offer substantially reduced pricing on high data volume Group & CAP plans as well as a base rate reduction on outbound SMS.

As well as new pricing we will also be implementing additional high volume data plans with new CAP & Group data allowances of: 3GB, 6GB, 10GB, 12GB, 20GB, 30GB, 40GB, 50Gb & 100GB.

For existing customers the new pricing will take effect on your October invoice (For multi-month customers it will appear on your next invoice). For new customers this new pricing applies immediately and you can take advantage of it by signing up at our website.


Price Reduction Details
:

  • SMS Pricing – M2M One’s base rate for outbound SMS has dropped from $0.20 to $0.14 per SMS.
  • CAP & Group Data – M2M data plans above 300MB have reduced by 30-40% on average with more options available at volumes of 100+ active services.

Click here to download our new pricing

Please note: This pricing only applies to M2M One’s Australian domestic services operating on the Telstra 3G & 4G/LTE network. For global SIM pricing click here

If you have any questions regarding service from M2M One, the M2M Control Centre, M2M Pricing or anything else please don’t hesitate to contact our your M2M One Sales Manager or reply to this email.

We appreciate your business and interest in M2M One – We continue to strive to be Australia’s leading M2M service provider, if we can make changes to the way we operate or add new features or products that you feel will improve your experience please us know.

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