M2M One – October 2018 Newsletter

M2M One Newsletter – October 2018

Welcome to M2M One’s October 2018 Newsletter,

Well it’s that time of year has again, a few weeks ago Telstra held its annual Vantage conference and as always it was a very impressive spectacle. There were a lot of very impressive demonstrations this year including a working 5G Hot-spot with constant download speeds over 3000Mbps.

Telstra had its drones on display demonstrating their ability to provide 4G Hot-spots and cellular reception during emergencies, even using cameras to help law enforcement in such times.

M2M One obviously has a focus on the M2M (Machine to Machine) and IoT (Internet of things) industries and hence it is no surprise that one of the most interesting announcement to me was the official launch of Telstra’s NB-IoT (NB-1) network.

Telstra have now launched their NB-IoT network on the Band 28 (700MHz) frequency.  There is also a new mapping tool (available at https://www.telstra.com.au/business-enterprise/solutions/internet-of-things/iot-coverage) that shows the current coverage.

Telstra NB-IoT has some very interesting use cases – and will be able to deliver low powered, message style communications. Opening up many new possibilities for battery powered devices, from simple once a day tracking (containers etc) to access controls and data logging all for a very low price.

We’re working closely with Telstra on finalising pricing for NB-IoT as well as M2M One Control centre integration which we expect to be able to release this side of Christmas.

If you are interested in finding our more as this is released please let your account manager know and we will add you to the initial contact list.

Gideon Borden
Sales Manager | M2M One
  • Telstra 2100Mhz 3G Shutdown Notice

Telstra has begun to re-farm their 3G 2100MHz Frequency. Current plans are to have the full shutdown completed by March 2019.

What this means is that any devices that are operating exclusively on the 3G 2100MHz frequency will lose connectivity once the towers in their area are switched off.

Why the SHUT DOWN of 2100MHz?

With much of the consumer and business market moving their cellular devices to the LTE (4G & 4GX), only a minuscule proportion of Telstra’s mobile traffic currently operate on the 3G 2100MHz frequency. This frequency is being re-purposed or “re-farmed” to be used by the 4GX network. By doing this Telstra can shift their cellular capacity to where there is stronger customer demand.

What can you do now?

The first step is check if your devices can utilise the 3G 850MHz Band. Often devices enabled for 3G are “Dual-band” which means they can use either 850MHz or 2100MHz. Sometimes devices are ‘pointed’ towards 2100MHz and simply need re-programming for 850MHz operation.

If your devices operate on 3G 850MHz (or are LTE / 4G) then there is nothing to do.

If your device is not capable of using the 3G 850Hz Frequency, you will need to speak to your hardware supplier in order to upgrade your device for 3G 850MHz or preferably for LTE (4G/4GX). In this case M2M One advises devices enabled for 700MHz (Band 28) & 1800MHz (Band 3).

If you require advice for hardware options, you are welcome to contact Tony Chen from M2M Connectivity (our sister hardware company) on sales@m2mconnectivity.com.au for any inquiries.

If you would like to discuss further please get in touch with your M2M One account manager.

  • M2M One Event Report – All Energy 2018

M2M One were again excited to be a part of the 10th Annual All Energy and Waste Expo in Melbourne this October.  As always there was a heavy focus on Clean and Renewable Energy with a huge array of International manufacturers of solar powers panels and inverters; However, it was truly great to see a large number of local Australian companies and installers presenting their wares, many of them already partnering with M2M One for their SIM Connectivity needs.

A recurring conversation we had at the show was from customers having issues with independent remote access to their inverters/solar panels; This is a common issue we see in the market.  The native connectivity these devices generally come with from the manufacturers is WiFi and the installers are expected to connect the inverter to the customers local WiFi.

The problem: 
Have you ever had an issue connecting to a local WiFi network?  Add to that the complications that you have no control over said network.  If the network goes down, or the password is changed etc then you have no way to contact your device and get the data out.  In a business where this data is what you are selling it becomes a huge problem!

This problem is not exclusive to the Energy industry – This is true of all devices deployed in the market that are connected to a network which you have no control over.

The Solution:
Luckily there is a fairly simple solution.  A cellular router (a selection are available from our sister company www.m2mconnectivity.com.au) and an M2M One SIM card.
M2M One offer a number of plans that can help you maintain independent control of your devices in the field – If you would like to have a conversation about this please reach out and we will be happy to help.

Next year the show will be expanding to include a new section for energy efficiency – M2M One will again be exhibiting at this show in October 2019 – we hope to see you there!

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M2M One are excited to be exhibiting our range of SIM Cards and Data plans for M2M & IoT solutions at Comms Connect Melbourne 2018.

The number one event for critical communications users and industry in the region

With a keen eye on trends, hot topics and the latest technology solutions in the critical communications sector, Comms Connect is the key source for vital information and networking opportunities. Whether you’re in the resource sector or public safety, transport or utilities, security or consulting, the conference and exhibition delivers countless opportunities to seek out new technology, share ideas and make new contacts.

Event Dates: 20-22 November 2018
Location: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
M2M One Stand: 66
Register here: http://melbourne.comms-connect.com.au/registration/

M2M One staff will be hand throughout the event to talk about how M2M/IoT solutions are utilizing national cellular networks to deliver results today and how the industry is adopting new technologies (Cat-M1, NB-IoT & 5G) to future proof IoT solutions.

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

How to create an automation rule to manage excess usage on a SIMThis month we look at using the powerful Automation Rules in CISCO Jasper to suspend a SIM card using excessive data with the option to reactivate the SIM if needed, instead of needing to contact M2M One Support.

When you log into the control centre select Automation from the home page

From the automation rules screen click on + Create New button to create a new automation rule

From here select Usage Monitoring as the rule category then select Cycle to Date Data Usage to create a new rule that will be triggered on data usage in a billing month. The example below shows you the correct set-up for triggering a rule to Deactivate a SIM that has used over 1MB of data in a billing month. With this rule when a SIM gets deactivated, if you need to use it again in the month you can simply change the SIM status in the control centre back to Activated to use it again – No need to get M2M One to unblock it.

For a complete list of automation rules available download our guide here: https://www.m2mone.com.au/m2m-downloads/manuals/M2M-One-Control-Centre-Automation-Rules.pdf

Have more questions about the M2M Control Centre or want some training?
Contact your M2M One account manager
Using Augmented Reality (AR) and The Internet of Things (IoT) to create a killer app?

Using Augmented Reality (AR) and The Internet of Things (IoT) to create a killer app?

Last week PTC held Thing Event an hour long webcast to display some of their new innovations in the Internet of Things (IoT) space using one of their recent acquisitions Augmented Reality (AR) company Vuforia, a business they acquired from Qualcomm back in November.

One of the statements that really stood out to me was from PTC CEO Jim Heppelmann who said “Service would be the first killer app in The Internet of Things”. While I agree with the sentiment, I think it’s probably safe to say based on existing Industrial solutions in M2M & IoT that some level of service improvement has always been one of, if not the primary driver, it’s not something that suddenly became relevant overnight.

What PTC perhaps should have been saying is that combining AR & IoT could well create a killer app, and based on the demos from KTM Racing, Sysmex & Caterpillar I’m inclined to agree.

sysmex AR demo

Sysmex using AR to overlay video instructions on product maintenance

The demos all showed relatively the same application: At a simple level, it’s using the IoT and a network of sensors for proactive maintenance and fault detection and then using augmented reality to overlay instructions on how to repair or engage with the fault.

The fact that this application could be applied to technologies as diverse as motorcycle repair, medical device management and industrial hardware is part of the beauty of it – You can apply the technology displayed at Thing Event to an almost unlimited number of industries.

Thinking about the implementations of this type of AR integration really got me excited, a few major benefits I can see are:

  • No language barriers – If you look at the KTM Racing demo while it does carry English subtitles in the application you can quite easily understand the instructions just by looking at the visuals. You could ship products all over the world with a simple AR-enhanced visual set of commands.
  • Centralized support – I imagine having a central server handling the distribution of the AR application (If it’s done wirelessly) can eliminate many of the problems current hardware manufactures have with version control for technical documentation.
  • Reduction of Waste – Can you imagine if instead of having pages and pages of instructions in different languages printed and included with a product you could simply scan a QR code and you could be given a full up-to-date visual instruction on how to do anything related to the product. Imagine getting furniture from IKEA and scanning a QR code with your IKEA App and watching your furniture pieces come together in your living room in real-time, you just follow the visual prompts.
  • Harvesting Knowledge & Reducing Training Time – As industries change and grow inevitably people will move on, retire or simply be unable to perform the tasks they were able to do before. Currently, unless someone does a thorough exit interview or the employee is amazingly diligent with documentation so much knowledge and experience is lost forever. By capturing experienced people doing tasks and relaying it back through AR visuals you have that persons’ knowledge in your organization forever.
    This in turn reduces the amount of time and education needed to perform maintenance and service tasks, especially in none specialized roles, rather than having someone read a text book or watch a video on their training they can use AR to view and perform basic tasks instantly with little to no guidance.
  • The Developing World – If you imagine the reduction of language barriers, the transition of knowledge and the reduction of training times it’s not difficult to see how this might be a potentially life-changing technology for solutions being delivered in developing regions.
    Let’s look at something like a water filtration system being shipped to a remote village to supply fresh water. If you add wireless connectivity through sensors and either local or long-range communications, you can monitor the health and performance of the device from anywhere in the world. If you detect a fault, then someone locally can use AR to watch a series of visual instructions all overlaid on the very machine they are working on to solve the problem. These instructions can be recorded by an expert on the product but relayed so clearly that someone who speaks a different language and has a comparatively reduced skillset can perform the same task.
    With some creative thinking, you can envision how this can not only reduce the cost of deploying key infrastructure and services in these countries but also provide increased income to local workers who can perform more valuable maintenance tasks.

While some of this may still sound a bit “pie in the sky” the technology is here now and available to create solutions like this. Hardware to make this more effective like AR glasses and more elegant overlays than tablets will slowly come down in price but you could make something functional with a basic Android tablet and small sensor network and raspberry pi or other low-cost board for under $100 at volume – Myself and Bill Zhou from M2M Connectivity recently spoke to Dev Diner about creating a low-cost IoT solution (Read the full interview at Dev Diner)

Do you think Augmented Reality is going to be a game-changer in IoT?  I’d love to hear what you think, 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 are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of M2M One or M2M Group.

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.

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