M2M One – September 2015 Newsletter

M2M One is a proud sponsor of YOW! Connected, an innovative conference dedicated to the Internet of Things for developers. YOW! Connected is held in Melbourne on the 17-18th of September and we will be presenting IoT demonstrations by u-blox, ETM Pacific, Digi, and M2M Connectivity. More details about this event is in this newsletter, we hope to see you there. Telstra’s 2G network shutdown by December 1st 2016 and the Optus 2G network shutdown on the 1st April 2017 are part of a continuing trend of cellular network operators around the world shutting down their 2G networks and re-farming spectrum.Our blog this month looks at the options for transition from 2G networks.

This months newsletter features:

  1. Feature – M2M One Group Data Plans
  2. Blog – The State of 2G
  3. IoT Conference – Yow! Connected
  4. Reminder – Telstra 2G (GSM) 900MHz Shutdown

1. Feature – M2M One Group Data Plans

Did you know that M2M One offer two different types of data plan?

Our CAP data plan offers you a fixed amount of data per SIM – When a SIM reaches it’s limit it will be suspended until the following month or until the SIM is moved to a higher data plan. The CAP plan is a great way to avoid excess usage charges but doesn’t offer much flexibility for devices with varying usage profiles.

For customers with large fleets of devices we recommend the use of the M2M One Group Data Plans – Group data plans offer much more flexibility, allowing your SIMs to contribute to a variable pool of data. By aggregating your data across your entire fleet you can not only reduce your operating costs but also protect yourself against excess usage, while not having to worry about a SIM hitting it’s quota.

For more information on our M2M Data plans both CAP & Group  – Click Here

2. Blog – Preparing your business for the 2G/GSM network shut down in Australia

In this weeks M2M One blog we talk about the impending 2G shutdown in Australia, talk briefly about other markets going through the same thing and how it all came about.

We offer some tips for companies starting to think about making the jump from 2G to 3G or 4G/LTE and look in to cost effective upgrade paths for those of you who haven’t began a migration plan.

If you have any questions on 2G migration or around M2M network services on 3G or 4G LTE please contact M2M One on +61 3 9696 3011 or support@m2mone.com.au and we will point you in the right direction.

Read full blog here

3. IoT Conference – Yow! Connected

M2M One is a sponsor of YOW! Connected, a two day Conference connecting the world of Mobile development and the Internet of Things (IoT). Topics include native development for iOS and Android, the developing market for the IoT, UX & design, back end development and the review of several business case studies. YOW! Connected provides an opportunity for Australian developers to learn from local thought leaders and specially invited international experts through the sharing of experiences developing mobile solutions and devices for the connected world.

Date: 17 September  2015 to 18 September 2015 – 8:00am – 5:00pm
Place: Jasper Hotel, 489 Elizabeth St,  Melbourne      

Visit us at YOW! Connected and view M2M and IoT demonstrations on Libelium’s Open Garden, ublox’s mBed Concept Board, Gemalto’s M2M Concept Board & Digi International’s XBee ZigBee Cloud Kit & ConnectCore6 Dev Kit.

For more information and to register to attend, please click here.

4. Reminder – Telstra 2G 900MHz Shutdown

We would like to continue to remind our customers that Telstra will discontinue their 2G/GSM network on the 1st of December 2016. This has implications for M2M One customers using 2G 900MHz GSM/GPRS modems.

You can view our official notification here

M2M One customers with 2G devices have the opportunity to utilize 3G and soon 4G LTE. All M2M One SIM cards are compatible with the Telstra 2G, 3G and soon 4G network so you will not need to physically change any SIM cards from M2M One.

M2MOne customers affected by the shut down of Telstra’s 2G/GSM network who are looking for solutions/alternatives for their 2G/GSM devices are advised to contact a 3G/4G LTE device vendor.
Please read M2M One’s notification of the shutdown if you haven’t already.

If you do not know if your devices will be affected by this please contact M2M One and we can help you.

M2M One – August 2015 Newsletter

This month we continue with the second of our blog series of M2M tips. This installment will help businesses looking to enter the local M2M and IoT industry understand the market in Australia. Want better control of your M2M One SIMs? We bring your attention to alerts that can be set up for real-time information and diagnostics. M2M One will be sponsoring Yow! Connected, an event dedicated to IoT for developers. This IoT conference is held in September and we will be conducting demonstrations by M2M Connectivity, Digi and others. See more details about this event below, we hope to see you there.

This months newsletter features:

  1. Notification – M2M One Control Centre Alerts
  2. Notification – Optus 2G 900MHz Shutdown
  3. Blog – M2M Tips – Depoloying Cellular M2M or IoT Devices in Australia
  4. IoT Conference – Yow! Connected
  5. Reminder – Telstra 2G (GSM) 900MHz Shutdown

1. Notification – M2M One Control Centre Alerts

The M2M One Control Centre keeps you in control of your M2M services and offers real time usage information, SIM status reports, diagnostic tools and much more.

This month we wanted to highlight a feature set that you may not be aware of: Alerts

M2M One has the ability to set up the following alerts to keep you up to date on your usage and SIM status for the month – If you would like to set up any of the Alerts outlined below on your account please email support@m2mone.com.au :

  • SIM State Change (Activation, deactivation, etc)
  • SMS Usage in a month or 24 hour period
  • Data usage in a month or 24 hour period
  • Voice usage in a month or 24 hours period
  • IMEI change
  • Session Start
  • Session End
  • No connection in the past XX hours

If you have any questions regarding setting up alerts on the M2M Control Centre, or anything else please don’t hesitate to contact our support team on +61 3 9696 3011 or at support@m2mone.com.au

2. Notification – Optus 2G 900MHz Shutdown

In a recent announcement Optus have confirmed that they will be following Telstra in shutting down their 2G/GSM (900MHz) network on April 1st 2017.

While this does not affect M2M One customers as we exclusively utilize the Telstra M2M network it is important to understand that this reflects a continuing trend of 2G networks being shut down and re-farmed for additional 4G/LTE network capacity with AT&T in the US, Telstra & Optus in Australia and Singtel in Singapore.

We strongly advocate companies building or deploying 2G devices in the Australian market to look at options for 3G or 4G/LTE as soon as possible to make sure you have solutions tested and ready to deploy well before the networks get shut down.

If you have any questions on 2G Migration or around M2M network services on 3G or 4G/LTE please contact M2M One on +61 3 9696 3011 or support@m2mone.com.au and we will point you in the right direction.

3. Blog – M2M Tips – Deploying Cellular M2M or IoT Devices in Australia

Continuing the series of tips to developers looking to get into the M2M/IoT space, this second installment offers an overview of the local marketplace to businesses, developers and distributors who are looking to build or import a M2M/IoT solution for use in Australia.

Our blog looks at the unique demands in terms of geography and coverage of Australia and the changing face of M2M and IoT customers as globalisation opens up local and International markets.

We look at local mobile operators in terms of the nation’s coverage and the 2G, 3G & LTE operating frequencies used by each. Tips on roaming SIMS, hardware approvals and IP addressing help customers and developers unfamiliar with the Australian market to understand the local M2M and IoT space.

Australia is well known for expensive data and higher operational costs compared to other countries, this is an incentive for current and prospective businesses looking to enter the market to manage data efficiently and minimize costs.

Read the full blog here

4. IoT Conference – Yow! Connected

M2M One is a sponsor of YOW! Connected, a two day Conference connecting the world of Mobile development and the Internet of Things (IoT). Topics include native development for iOS and Android, the developing market for the IoT, UX & design, back end development and the review of several business case studies. YOW! Connected provides an opportunity for Australian developers to learn from local thought leaders and specially invited international experts through the sharing of experiences developing mobile solutions and devices for the connected world.

Date:       17 September  2015     8:00am to
18 September 2015      5:00pm
Place:          Jasper Hotel, 489 Elizabeth St,  Melbourne      

Visit us at Yow! Connected and view M2M and IoT demonstrations on Libelium’s Open Garden, ublox’s mBed Concept Board & Digi International’s XBee ZigBee Cloud Kit & ConnectCore6 Dev Kit.

For more information and to register to attend, please click here.

5. Reminder – Telstra 2G 900MHz Shutdown

We would like to continue to remind our customers that Telstra will discontinue their 2G/GSM network on the 1st of December 2016. This has implications for M2M One customers using 2G 900MHz GSM/GPRS modems.

You can view our official notification here

M2M One customers with 2G devices have the opportunity to utilize 3G and soon 4G LTE. All M2M One SIM cards are compatible with the Telstra 2G, 3G and soon 4G network so you will not need to physically change any SIM cards from M2M One.

M2MOne customers affected by the shut down of Telstra’s 2G/GSM network who are looking for solutions/alternatives for their 2G/GSM devices are advised to contact a 3G/4G LTE device vendor.
Please read M2M One’s notification of the shutdown if you haven’t already.

If you do not know if your devices will be affected by this please contact M2M One and we can help you.

4G/LTE Service now available on M2M One SIM Cards

We’re constantly working on ways we can better serve our customers and supply the best possible M2M service in Australia – Last month we upgraded all customers using the M2M Control Centre to an administrator offering a greater deal of functionality and control over your M2M deployments (If you missed the notification, you can download the admin guide here) we then also announced reduced pricing for SMS, Volume data, Voice & Static IP services (If you missed the notification, you can download our new pricing here)

Today I am pleased to announce that as of the 22nd of June 2015, M2M One can now offer 4G/LTE service through our SIM cards as well as the existing 3G & 2G (Telstra 2G will be shut down on December 1st 2016) connectivity.

M2M One 4G/LTE Service Information:

 

  • 4G/LTE is available to all M2M One customers at no additional cost.
  • 4G/LTE will work on all existing M2M One SIM cards, there is no need for a replacement.
  • 4G/LTE is available on all M2M One & Telstra APN Configurations.
  • 4G/LTE is not currently enabled by default and must be requested by emailing support@m2mone.com.au
  • The Spotlight & Diagnostic function in the M2M Control Centre will not be available for 4G/LTE connections until December 2015.
  • International Roaming for all 4G/LTE connections is enabled by default, the ability to disable International Roaming on 4G/LTE is not available until December 2015.

To utilize 4G/LTE your device must be compatible with the following 4G frequency bands:

  • B3 – 1800Mhz (Main operating frequency)
  • B28 – 700Mhz (Main operating frequency)
  • B1 – 2100Mhz (Optional fallback frequency)
  • B7 – 2600Mhz (Optional fallback frequency)
  • B8 – 900Mhz (Optional fallback frequency)

If you have any questions regarding service from M2M One, the M2M Control Centre, M2M SIM Pricing or anything else please don’t hesitate to contact our support team at support@m2mone.com.au or contact me directly at james.mack@m2mone.com.au

We appreciate your business and interest in M2M One and 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 me know.

Kind Regards,James Mack
General Manager | M2M One
www.m2mone.com.au
M2M Tips – Public IP vs Private IP – Addressing for M2M/IoT Devices

M2M Tips – Public IP vs Private IP – Addressing for M2M/IoT Devices

Over the past 15 years the team at M2M Connectivity & M2M One have coached, consulted, celebrated and at times commiserated with thousands of hopeful developers trying to make their mark on the Machine to Machine/Internet of Things landscape.

This series of blog posts is designed to pass on some M2M 101 style tips to developers looking to get into the space.

This weeks question is around IP address allocation for M2M/IoT devices; “what are your options? What are the associated costs? And what are the long-term implications? “

 

To IP or NAT to IP… (Ok that was terrible, I’m sorry)

The first thing I want to achieve with this post is to address some common questions we get asked on a daily basis when it comes to IP addressing.

  1. Where is IPv6? – To most people involved in IP networking, especially in the M2M space this has been the Holy Grail for the past 3 years but in reality there is still some way to go from a hardware and network architecture perspective for it to be commonplace. I know the IoT is going to be a big factor in driving IPv6 uptake but from a cellular M2M perspective it’s all IPv4 all the time… for now.
  1. Gimme that Public Static IPv4 address – Looks good, sounds good but in reality it’s hard to find due to the lack of IPv4 addresses, the cost of maintaining those addresses and the various security issues related to having a permanently discoverable IP address, which I’ll discuss a little later.
  1. My device is useless without an addressable IP – This is possibly the biggest misconception around IP addressing in M2M. Yes being able to address a device when needed is useful, but there are literarily millions of devices that function just as well by initiating communications remotely without needing to be poked or prodded by you or your server.

So what are your options when it comes to IP addressing and management for M2M/IoT devices? Please keep in mind that I’m not a network engineer so these are my limited technical interpretations of M2M IP addressing.

 

Public Internet Access via NAT with dynamic private addressing

Public Internet Access via NAT with dynamic private addressing

Public Internet Access via NAT with dynamic private addressing

Pros

  • Easy to acquire.
  • No set up cost.
  • Low monthly fee.

Cons

  • No ability to directly address a device.
  • Data is sent across the public internet (may not comply with some security policies).

This is the most common solution we see for M2M devices, as it requires very little effort in terms of set up and cost. It basically utilizes common carrier APNs (the same as you would see on a phone or tablet SIM) to give an M2M device access to the public Internet to send and receive data.

The IP address of the SIM is hidden behind the networks firewall so the device can’t be addressed directly across the public internet, which means all devices with this setup need to initiate a communication session with the host service/client.

Example: M2M One would issue a SIM with our common internet APN (telstra.internet or telstra.m2m) and the customer would then program their device to initiate communication using one or both of these APNs. When the device calls in, it then exposes it’s IP address to the host allowing two-way communication.

 

Public Internet Access with dynamic public IP

Public Internet Access with dynamic public IP

Public Internet Access with dynamic public IP

Pros

  • No set up cost.
  • Low monthly fee.
  • Addressable IP.

Cons

  • IP is dynamic so changes each session.
  • Public IP can be susceptible to DDOS & packet sniffing which at the very least drives up data costs each month.
  • Can be difficult to acquire in some markets

Another popular solution, if you can get it. Again popular because it costs very little in terms of set up and monthly on goings. The difference here is that while it still uses the public Internet over a common APN, it allocates a publically addressable IP address.

The issue that then needs to be overcome is the fact that the IP address changes, usually with each new session. This means that it is impossible to accurately address a device without using a DynDNS server to allocate a fixed address/name to an asset.

Another issue is that due the increased amount of bot and sniffing traffic on the Internet, most public IP addresses are scanned at some point. This can cause a device to respond; even though it is not sending any data an acknowledgement still utilizes resources on a public network, which can drive up monthly data costs. We have seen customers who typically use around 5MB per month go up to 20 or 30MB when using public IP addressing.

Example: M2M One would issue a SIM with a dynamic public APN (telstra.extranet), when the device first connects to the internet the customer can poll the device or utilize the M2M One Control Centre to find the IP address of his unit. This can then be added to a DynDNS server and the IP managed by a client on the device, which updates the server whenever the IP address changes, but maintains an addressable name/alias.

 

Private Static IP Addressing

Private Static IP Addressing

Private Static IP Addressing

Pros

  • Highly Secure.
  • Addressable IP.
  • Address never changes.

Cons

  • Typically has higher set up and monthly costs
  • Requires additional networking, VPN etc
  • Can be hard to obtain in certain markets

Due to the lack of IPv4 space this is most often the only solution for customers who absolutely need a completely static addressable IP. The customer is assigned an IP range, usually on a private APN this allows each device to be given it’s own unchanging IP address.

The problem is that these IP addresses exist in a private space meaning they can not be accessed from the “outside world” this makes them extremely secure but means that you need a method of getting in to the private IP space. This is typically achieved through a VPN tunnel but can also be done on a peer-to-peer level by using a centrally allocated router configured on that IP space to talk to all other devices in the field.

Example: M2M One would issues a SIM with our private APN and an IP range to a customer. M2M One would then allocate a private IP address to each of their devices in the field, by configuring a VPN between their server and IP subnet they can communicate with each device in a private closed loop environment with fully encrypted traffic traveling back to their server.

 

You can also find more information on private IP addressing at https://www.m2mone.com.au/m2m-wireless-ip-networking/

Hopefully this post hasn’t caused too many people far more technical than me to shout at their screen and spill their coffee, but if it has please feel free to comment and share your knowledge and expertise!

Did you find this tip useful? Do you have some questions on the Machine-to-Machine and Internet of Things industry we can answer for you? Let us know on Twitter @M2MOneAU, on LinkedIn at M2M One or visit our website at www.m2mone.com.au.

James Mack

General Manager – M2M One

 

The views and opinions expressed in this blog site are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of M2M One or M2M Group.

Press Release – M2M One and ATrack Technology collaborate to provide 3G services to telematics and tracking customers throughout Australia

Press Release – M2M One and ATrack Technology collaborate to provide 3G services to telematics and tracking customers throughout Australia

Melbourne, Australia – June 18, 2015:

M2M One is pleased to announce a new partnership with leading Taiwanese hardware manufacturer ATrack Technology Inc. ATrack is one of the first round of companies to be part of M2M One’s new partnership program. The program is focused on creating a network of hardware, software and solution providers that can help new entrants into the Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) space develop and grow their business quickly.

ATrack& M2M One are collaborating to support businesses in Australia that are adopting 3G hardware to benefit from the larger coverage area and higher throughput. These benefits coupled with the uncertain future of 2G networks and the shut down of Telstra’s 2G network on December 1st 2016 have driven companies to push their migration from 2G telematics devices to 3G quicker than anticipated.

From the launch of its first 3G product in December 2010, ATrack now offers a complete product line of 3G devices that have been deployed globally. The range includes the AK7 and 3G GPS/GLONASS trackers for fleet management and advanced telematics, AL7 3G GPS Motorcycle tracker, and AX9 3G OBDII / J1939 Plug & Play tracker.

Supported by Australia’s largest mobile network, M2M One services simplify the utilization of ATrack devices by providing complete access to the 850/2100Mhz 3G network, as well as a suite of management and diagnostic tools for companies to manage their fleet of M2M SIM Cards.

“We’re excited to be working with ATrack in Australia. We already provide connectivity to a number of their customers so a closer relationship is going to be beneficial for both organizations.” said James Mack, General Manager of M2M One. “One of the biggest hurdles for any business entering the M2M and IoT market is the wealth of options available. Through our partnership program we’re hoping to give customers a ‘one-stop shop’ for information on hardware, software and connectivity, and as our program grows we’re looking forward to working with more quality hardware manufactures like ATrack to make sure our customers can reduce their development costs by working with established, proven solutions.”

As part of the partnership arrangement M2M One are offering free trial SIMs to ATrack customers in Australia who want to test their 3G device and a discount on SIM card fees for any customers who want to migrate their existing 2G fleet.

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About M2M One

M2M One is one of Australia’s leading providers of device connectivity services, catering exclusively to the Machine to Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) market. Our goal is to help our customers and partners accelerate development and manage deployment of their connected devices. All of our services are backed by a world class online Control Centre and operate on Australia’s largest mobile network, offering M2M devices the greatest reliability, coverage and speed available.(www.m2mone.com.au)

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About ATrack

ATrack specializes in telematics hardware designing and manufacturing. Our core R&D team has over 10 years of industry experience, and our products have been deployed in various operating environments worldwide. ATrack has also been particularly successful at performing user-specific firmware and hardware customizations to help our clients win projects in this dynamic market. Through our continuous commitment to the industry and providing unmatched level of responsiveness, we have been recognized as one of the most reliable hardware partners. (www.atrack.com.tw)

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